Somewhere Out There: My Animated Life by Don Bluth
Publisher: Smart Pop / BenBella Books
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Entertainment
No. of Pages: 384
Date of US Publication: 19 July, 2022
My Rating: 4 Stars
Very thoughtful autobiography by a man whose name you might not know, but whose work you’ve undoubtedly seen plenty of times.
I was very impressed with Mr. Bluth’s tale and his insight; living long doesn’t always guarantee that one looks with such reflection at their own lives, Bluth has.
I like how he goes into his own issues with self-doubt; I think reading this would help a lot of creative people suffering from the same (I’ve already planned on getting a copy for my own house, for my creative teens).
Original art makes this a must for fans and those looking for an inspiring voice in animation.
* I must note that Bluth’s strong faith has obviously shaped who he is as a person and that this does feature prominently in his book. However, I didn’t find this to be preachy or over the top, but I think it’s something to consider based on your feelings for the LDS church and/or organized religion.
eARC kindly provided by SmartPop / BenBella Books and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.
After more than five decades in Hollywood, Don Bluth, the man behind some of the most iconic animated films ever made, tells his story.
Don Bluth never felt like a Donald. So people have always called him Don. A matinee of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs awakened something within him. Despite growing up in rural Texas and Utah, he practiced and worked hard to become an Hollywood animator. And after working alongside his idol Walt Disney, and on films including Sleeping Beauty, The Sword in the Stone, Robin Hood, Winne the Pooh, The Rescuers, and Pete’s Dragon, he realized that the company had changed into something he didn’t necessarily believe in. So made the industry-shocking decision to start his own animation studio.
It was from that studio—Don’s studio—that came such award-winning, generation-defining films as The Secret of NIMH, An American Tail, The Land Before Time, All Dogs Go to Heaven, Anastasia, and the video game Dragon’s Lair.
Now, after more than half a century in the movie business, Don is ready to tell the story of his life. How his passions for artistry, integrity, and his Mormon faith shaped him into the beloved icon whose creativity, entrepreneurship, and deeply-held beliefs entertained, enthralled, and inspired millions across the globe.
Exclusive original art makes this book perfect for fans, cineasts, and anyone looking “somewhere out there” for inspiration and motivation.
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