Don Bluth Animation Studios 1990 Dublin, Ireland. The first time Chuck Jones attended the Dublin International Film Festival where he gave a Question/Answer session to a theater full of animation enthusiasts and local animation artists from both Don Bluth Studios (aka Sullivan Bluth Studios) and Murakami-Wolf TV animation. When we heard that he would be in town, we invited him to come to the studio.
We asked some of the key artists from layout, background, character animation, effects, cleanup, the 5 person CG Department and administrators to attend a screening of about 10 minutes of Thumbelina. Before the presentation, Chuck answered questions from the obviously awestruck artists in the room. He applauded when the film was over, stood up and boldly told the crew that he was extremely impressed with the animation and that he would double whatever they were being paid to come to work with him. Luckily for Don & Gary no one took the offer. Before leaving the studio theater for the after party Gary gave Chuck and his wife, Marian, a framed cel from “The Secret of NIMH” as a thank you gift for coming to visit and sharing some animation nostalgia.
At that same time, the president and a couple of the animation professors from Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario Canada were in the studio to celebrate the collaboration agreement with us and to inaugurate the animation program we jointly sponsored at Ballyfermot Senior College.