February 18th, 2008
The Don Bluth Collection of Animation came to SCAD in November of 2005 in 857 oversized boxes. Read the article in the Chronicle about the arrival of the collection. The collection consists of cels, animation drawings, storyboards, color models, and other materials created by Don Bluth Productions and later incarnations of this company in the production of animated features and video games between 1979 and 2000. Also included in the collection are administrative, legal, and other documents, as well as scripts, concepts, and publicity related materials. Other formats, such as film, sound, VHS, photographs, slides, and other media, are part of the collection. The studio operated in both the United States and Ireland, and was at various times, affiliated with other production companies.From “Banjo the Woodpile Cat,” pencil drawing from Sequence 001, Scene 1.
A preliminary inventory was completed by summer of 2006 and processing began in fall of that same year. Though the processing of the collection will continue for many years, the processed collection is available to researchers now. It is an amazing resource for a number of disciplines, including animation, sequential arts, illustration, and many others.From “Thumbelina,” a color model cel.
During winter quarter of 2008, SCAD was privileged to host Gary Goldman, Don Bluth’s partner in the business from the inception of the company, as a visiting artist.