Don Bluth is teaming up with Lavalle Lee from to create brand new content from the newly formed Don Bluth Studios, LLC. This new company is going to be establishing new characters and new ideas. These new ideas will start as children's books then they will be pitched to television networks and online streaming services. We believe the public is craving another renaissance of hand drawn animation. Our goal is to make that dream become a reality.

Our company will be VERY transparent, showcasing and updating the public with concept art, pencil tests, model sheets, animatics, and much much more. We are excited to show everyone what we have been working on. Please join us in our new adventure!


Yuki - Star of the Sea

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The first of many fables. Don Bluth set out to create his first children's book. To draw, write and paint the whole story himself. After trying digital coloring, Don just didn't think it looked right. So he decided to do it fully traditional using gouche paint.

Yuki, star of the sea, is a delightful story of a little whale who loves adventure. Who always gets in trouble. Against mama Orca’s warnings, he swims too close to the shore where he is captured and taken into a world of entertainment. There he does tricks in a tank in Mexico. Hundreds of people buy tickets to see this fabulous little whale. Hollywood cashes in on Yuki’s popularity and contracts him to play a part in a film about a whale who is homesick and longs to go home. So well does Yuki play the part that it makes him homesick too. Ah, but Hollywood won’t let him go. Yuki has become a great star. He is worth millions.

Children from all over the world write letters to the director of the film begging him to return Yuki to the sea. Finally the director caves in. The whale is put in a plane and flown back to Iceland’s cold bay and there he is welcomed into the arms of his family – and friends.

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Don Bluth Autobiography

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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.

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.

Exclusive original art makes this book perfect for fans, cineasts, and anyone looking “somewhere out there” for inspiration and motivation. Don Bluth Studios Facebook Page

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Mixing the old with the new.

Don Bluth

Don Bluth is one of the most influential American animators in today’s industry. In the field of animation, Bluth performs as film director, producer, writer, production designer, video game designer, and animation instructor. His creative talents have created classic animated films with beloved characters, memorable songs, and heart-warming tales. He is known for directing The Secret of NIMH, An American Tail, The Land Before Time, All Dogs Go to Heaven, and Anastasia among many others. In addition to films, animation led to his involvement in the creation of the popular Laserdisc games Dragon's Lair and Space Ace.

His animation career began at Walt Disney Studios working for Walt Disney himself as an in-between artist on Sleeping Beauty in 1955. His animated career soared while at Walt Disney Studios. He was an Animator on Robin Hood, followed by Directing Animator on Winnie the Pooh and Tiger Too and The Rescuers. He advanced to Director of Animation on Pete’s Dragon and then utilized his skill and experience as Producer/Director on The Small One.

His career only continued to climb after his time at Walt Disney Studios ended. In 1979, Don Bluth created Don Bluth Productions with Gary Goldman and John Pomeroy. Their first feature film was The Secret of NIMH. Don Bluth teamed up with Steven Spielberg. Together they released An American Tail and The Land Before Time.

In 1986, his animation took him to Ireland where The Land Before Time, All Dogs Go to Heaven, Rock-a-doodle, and Thumbelina were produced. Don Bluth returned to America to work with Fox Animation Studios on Anastasia, and Titan A.E.

Don Bluth along with his protege Lavalle Lee have launched Don Bluth Studios to produce brand new animation projects.

Lavalle Lee

Lavalle Lee has been creating animated cartoons online since 1999/2000 for his website The cartoons on the site have gained viral video status reaching millions of viewers online. In 2009, Lavalle started learning hand drawn animation from Don Bluth in his animation classes, as well as attending his Masterclasses in Arizona. He has also personally studied animation and visual effects from Veteran Disney animators.

Lavalle is widely known in the animation industry as the creator of the website. After seeing that most animation sites were about all types of animation, not any specific to classical hand drawn animation, Lavalle knew Traditional Animation needed to be represented online. has become the leading website and social media account for all things 2D. The website served as inspiration for “The Traditional Animation Show” in which Lavalle was both producer and host.

His partnership with Don Bluth began when he championed the Dragon's Lair Indiegogo campaign as lead project manager, editor, and in-betweener. The campaign reached $730,000 dollars to produce a 7-minute pitch video. After ten years of learning from Don Bluth and working together on the Dragon’s Lair pitch, Lavalle accepted the position as Vice President of Don Bluth's new company Don Bluth Studios.


Here are some images of the characters from our children's book, "Yuki - Star of the Sea". Click on each image to see them in full size.



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