Nostalgia Critic Real Thoughts On: Don Bluth’s Films

Everything that is BLUTH! An American Tail, Anastasia & Secret of Nihm.

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48 Comments on "Nostalgia Critic Real Thoughts On: Don Bluth’s Films"

littlewillie610
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Along with several of the Disney films, I used to re-watch those early Don Bluth movies more than anything else. One of my earliest memories was seeing part of the Great Owl scene from The Secret of NIMH on television; I had no idea what was going on, but wanted to know more. As a kid, my favorite was The Land Before Time, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that was what sparked my interest in dinosaurs. The death of Littlefoot’s mother made a bigger impression on me than any of the well known tragic Disney scenes. Never saw Rock-a-Doodle,… Read more »
Rezro
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NC did Rock-a-Doodle review if you are interested..

Falconfly
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Same as me, actually. I first saw NIMH when I was a very young kid, and for many years most of it faded from my mind aside from the scene where the owl took off from his lair.

MonkeeJuice
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I’m a huge Don Bluth fan!

The Mysterious M
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After this, I’d love to see all the Stephen King miniseries (plus maybe Maximum Overdrive) in one “Real Thoughts” video

The Mysterious M
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My only thoughts on “A Troll in Central Park”…

What a waste of Cloris Leachman

Olddog
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Bluthicals is my boy

Satiricalifragilistic
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Satiricalifragilistic

If you do that ’80s “getting the band back together” spoof…call it Bluth Brothers!

A Monroe J
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Loved the Bluth movies. The ones I’ve seen anyway.

Land before Time. Secret of NIMH. American Tail. Titan AE. Anastasia. All Dogs go to Heaven. Just good childhood.

Brad1ey Shaw
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Nice video.
You guys should consider doing these “Real Thoughts” videos with someone there to fact check and fill in any memory gaps you may have so if you forget something they can help right away. Or you could instead do a roundtable discussion with more of your friends and family.
Just some ideas.

Maarons
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I agree. It would also help if they’d read the book NIMH was based on so they could better understand what about the film was so unique and maybe reevaluate their video about the planned remake since it seems more based on the book. They didn’t even talk about here about why Bluth cut ties with Spielberg -that being he was too controlling and thought the films should be PC regarding child psychology which prompted the Bluth quote about happy endings. If it weren’t for Spielberg (and Lucas) we’d have had a longer Land Before Time with more hardcore scenes… Read more »
Rezro
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NIMH remake is still “talking-animal live-action” movie so it still would be crap even if they do it closer to books then Bluth version, what is great work even as stand alone product.

Trixie_is_best
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Without knowing back in the day, but I was a huge Don Bluth fan ever since I first saw ‘The Land before Time’. That was my first and favorite of Bluth films, then after that, it was ‘An American Tale’ and lastly that I remember in my youth was Anastasia. I do like many of Bluth films even more so than Disney and do like that darker tone and character growth throughout the movies. Even now, I could watch most anything Bluth and watch in full without needing to find another movie to be more entertaining. Thinking about it now,… Read more »
Heart-Lightning
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Anastasia was probably the only movie outside of Disney that could be considered a Disney movie. Between Quest for Camelot and The Swan Princess, Anastasia was basically an Emmy award winning movie by comparison.

TheCyberwoman
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I have serious nostalgia goggles for Rockadoodle, it caught me at the exact moment as a child for the coherency problems to not matter and for the emotion and WTF-ness to capture me. I love it, I won’t say its good, can’t really defend it, but I love it. Titan AE I think deserves better. I didn’t see it when I was younger, I saw it in college in one of our many (MANY) film clubs. (Art school, our only asset was that we had an arthouse theater attached to our school, and every night a different film club utilized… Read more »
sizz_leteen
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I’m the same way. Yes it’s an awful movie, but being a 5 year old animal lover at the time of its release, I didn’t care one way or the other.

Rezro
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This movie has some good scenes, but it was mess overall. It definitely is more “guilty pleasure” than “so bad that good” one.

vegimovieboy
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I definitely agree about Titan A.E. I LOVE that movie. The weird thing is that I was 11 when the film came out but I didn’t hear a thing about it. It wasn’t until college when I saw a clip of it on TV and a friend recommended it to me to check it out and i had so much fun watching it. It definitely deserves better.

Ryan Dewitt-Todd
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Rob needs to brush on his history. Rock-a-Doodle was based on a comedy play written by Edmond Rostand called: “Chantecleer”, about a rooster who thought his crowing brought up the sun. Disney was orginally gonna do an adaptation of the film but never got around to doing so so Bluth decided to take on the task instead

Steve the Pocket
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Still doesn’t explain EVERYTHING ELSE about that movie. Even for one of Don Bluth’s projects, he handled it in a really weird way.

Rezro
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Problem is that they didn’t explain joke, and play it as important part of plot. In fact that someone clearly forget about what this animation is was reason why everything end as unintentional mindfuck.

Ryan Dewitt-Todd
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Oh come on, THEY DIDN’T EVEN MENTION THUMBELINA!!!!!

RJSalt
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Yeah, and I think that movie was trying the hardest to be Disney. I mean, they got Ariel as Thumbelina, King Triton as the king of the fairies, and Iago as the beetle. The Warner Bros. executives obviously wanted a piece of Disney’s vocal talents.

jimmycooper12
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Fox and the Hound was released in the 80’s, and it was really good!

Rezro
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But still it was exception..

Steve the Pocket
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My memory of “Rock-a-Doodle” was of seeing a commercial for it on TV and thinking, “Wow, this looks like a really stupid movie.” And then never thinking anything more about it until the Nostalgia Critic brought it up. The next two I don’t even remember seeing commercials for.

Rezro
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To be absolutely honest this movie has interesting and strong plot-twist, but reason why people hate is related to fact that it fall apart in the middle.

Adonisus
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To be fair to Bluth, on Titan A.E. he was like the third director to be attached to that project. He was already having to deal with a mess when he was put on the project, and considering what we got I’m surprised it’s as good as the end product was. In my view, Titan A.E. may have some serious flaws, but it also has alot of things going for it. And it had SO much potential. Imagine a major animated sci-fi epic like this becoming a franchise….how this universe could have been developed further into something much more complex… Read more »
Rezro
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From what I read many people like that movie, and I also never consider it as bad one. Just.. something was missing in it and most people forget about it, and by mistake connect fact of studio closure with quality.

hamcon1
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I actually like Titan A.E.

happymel
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The only Don Bluth movies that I ever liked as a child were Land Before Time and Titan A.E. All his other stuff was too depressing for me. As a kid, I needed like one more happy scene before the happy ending. Life already sucks. Why watch a movie about it? I would probably see it differently now but that’s how I saw it as a kid. Like with Cinderella, she talks with the mice at least once before the ball, you know? Titan A.E. was one of the movies that I saw the most as a kid. I still… Read more »
MidnightScreeningsman2014
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MidnightScreeningsman2014
I would actually let them leave George Lucas out of the band of 80s animators since he wrote Strange Magic which came out this year and sucked real hard and it was a big flop. But I’ve heard Don Bluth plans to make cg animated films which I’d be interested in seeing. But did anybody think the sequel to all dogs go to heaven was good because I saw it a while ago back in 2012 and thought it was ok but does anyone think otherwise? Now to go off and look for the four Don Bluth films that were… Read more »
DisneyLover3
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Anastasia actually is considered to be a good movie. People usually argue over whether it or The Secret of NIMH is the best Don Bluth movie. It’s the highest grossing of all the Don Bluth films, is usually people’s favorite of his films, and it actually did A LOT better financially and critically than the actual Disney movie that was always based off a historical princess (Pocahontas, which while I love it, it only did alright in both departments, sadly). You didn’t really explain why Anastasia wasn’t very passionate, it feels very passionate, even though it has it’s flaws. The… Read more »
trlkly
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I actually think Rock-A-Doodle is okay. Not great, not even good. But okay.

thatchickwithlonghair
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thatchickwithlonghair

Dimitri and Anastasia’s romance was fine. Why do you say it’s awful? Why call Dimitri a “horrible character”? He had as much personality as a real person. I was very amused by him.

mngamojemo
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It’s a good thing they never made a sequel to Land Before Time.

There were so many masterful moments. Just the very beginning, dealing with the sea life, has never stopped filling me with anticipation, and they didn’t fall into the common kids’-movie trap of using any excuse for a musical number.

As you get older, you may learn more about Bluth’s religious leanings, and start to see The Great Valley as an allegory for The Promised Land.

IT IS A SUPER GREAT THING THEY NEVER MADE ANY SEQUELS TO MESS ALL OF THAT UP

natureboy95
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… I was almost going to comment seriously, and then I reread that last sentence.. Yup, no sequels here. Not a one. Don’t google it, you’ll find nothing. promise.

osakayumu
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Young Anakin felt like a real kid to me.

Late Nakagawa Ryou
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Pat Hingle. That was Pat Hingle, Doug. Commissioner Gordon in the Burton Batfilms.

vegimovieboy
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I can see where Doug is coming from with Titan A.E. in that its not Don Bluth’s style, but honestly, and maybe its because I’m a big sci-fi geek, but Titan A.E. is one of my top favorite Bluth films I’ve seen so far, and I’ve a good number of them (I saw Secret of NIMH for the first time a few years ago and I remember it being very well done but not quite having enough in terms of either backstory or plot I think to fully satisfy me. Almost though so I’d say about third or fourth on… Read more »
aurum-femina
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To be fair, Don Bluth at Fox was given the choice between directing an animated version of either the 1956 film Anastasia, or the play My Fair Lady. It wasn’t so much his attempt to copy trending archetypes as it was to work within the parameters he was provided while still telling a good story. Anastasia certainly has a unique atmosphere compared to other animated princess films at the time.

RD
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I think Doug’s being a bit harsh on Titan AE; it’s no grand masterpiece, but for what it is, as a relatively obscure scifi flick, I think it’s decent, with some entertaining and imaginative pieces. Hell I can watch it any day. Don Bluth was a fairly tertiary figure on it all things being said, and it did suffer a bit from a lack of focus in production, but it also had Joss Whedon involved, and that shows in the writing to its benefit. The only thing I’d really say I’d quibble over is the very early 2000s soundtrack. Besides… Read more »
Juan Potgieter
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Please Mr. Rob and Doug Walker can you do a real thoughts review of The Star Trek Films?

melimsah
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I actually worked at the Don Bluth Animation Collection at Savannah College of Art and Design for a year while I was in school. (Don Bluth’s studios saved EVERYTHING, and just donated it all to SCAD. We’ve had it for almost a decade and we’ve only gone through maybe half of the boxes they sent us). So, here’s my insider perspective, having personally rifled through the animation cells and archiving them, and speaking to the curators of the collection and to teachers who worked personally with Don. With the exception of Secret of Nimh, pretty much all of Bluth’s most… Read more »
Borf
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Well “Lord Of The Rings” would be over in five minutes if the eagles dropped the ring into the volcano. 😉 I would argue Spielberg (and Lucas on LBT) both hurt those productions by trying to dumb them down. Don Bluth fought hard to bring some drama into the young dinosaurs relationships. Spielberg just wanted them all to get along together, instead working to understand each others differences and becoming friends over time. As far as the later films, Bluth had less and less control as the money people felt animation was for the kiddies and used focus groups to… Read more »
DracoWolf316
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I would love seeing a spoof of eighties producers and animators get together as a parody of the A-Team…the 80s-Team.

jennaisageek
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All Dogs go to Heaven traumatized me as a child. I had a dog who was my best friend and I was inconsolable. I felt bad for my aunt and grandfather on the drive home from watching that movie as I’m clutching my dog asking if he was gonna go to heaven when he died…Sigh* ahhh childhood.

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