On September 13, 1979 — Don Bluth’s birthday — with the Disney studio focusing all its productions efforts on The Fox in the Hound for a Christmas 1980 release, Gary Goldman, John Pomeroy, and Don Bluth resigned. The next day, eight more Disney artists followed. It was an event that traumatized the Disney Studio almost as much as the infamous 1941 strike. The Secret of NIMH, released by the “rebels” three years later, showed the world that Disney was no longer dominating the animation field and eventually led to creative renewal at the studio.

Gary Goldman’s story is a fascinating one. He shares it in this interview for the first time in detail.


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