Don Bluth was born the same year came out and grew up watching Disney’s classic films. They informed his style, inspired his early career, and later drove him to start his own studio. However, by 1982, when Bluth directed his first film the world was a much different place than it was when Disney established the standard that made its first golden age so successful. Disney reigned when the Baby Boomers were growing up, and Don Bluth’s films came out as the last babies of Generation X grew up. His films captured the cultural shift from wide-eyed innocence and optimism to a darker, more realistic outlook. The difference between Disney and Don Bluth is the difference between kids who grew up listening to Elvis and the Beatles sing about holding hands and kids who grew up listening to Iggy Pop apathetically rock about suburban boredom, or kids who grew up listening to Morrisey’s New Wave vision of vegetarianism and bleak adolescent depression.
I wrote this article originally with Pork & Mead magazine in mind, but it didn't fit in the issue I wrote it for. Fortunately, it was published on Mise En Scenesters' new web mag, and I'm glad cause I'm real proud of it. There's nothing like A) writing from the heart B) writing pop culture crit C) writing about the things you love