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By Kent Larsen

LDS Animator Honored, Video Released

DUBLIN, IRELAND -- Mormon animator Don Bluth was credited with starting the animation industry in Ireland in a Dublin Irish Times article as his latest work hit video stores. The Irish Times looked at Bluth as part of a review of Ireland's animation industry. The fifth Irish Animation Festival started in Dublin this week.

The Irish Times says that Bluth, who worked for Disney on two separate occasions, became its biggest competition. Bluth set up his own animation studio in the early 1970s, teaming up with Irish animation buff Morris Sullivan to form Sullivan Bluth, with offices in Dublin. The collaboration hit pay dirt when they worked with Steven Spielberg to produce the 1986 hit "An American Tail."

In the next 10 years, the company produced a number of feature films, including "The Land Before Time" series and "All Dogs Go To Heaven." English media tycoon Rupert Murdoch bought out Sullivan Bluth in 1996, and installed Bluth in the U.S. as part of Fox Studios. After producing the hit "Anastasia," however, subsequent films weren't as successful.

Fox closed the studio earlier this year, soon after Bluth's latest film, "Titan A.E." was released. That film, which also wasn't successful in theaters, was released on video this week.


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