NIMH and Beyond – DON MOORE attended Trinty University in San Antonio, Texas, El Camino College in Torrance California and the Art Center of College of Art Center of Design in Pasadena, California. He has worked in the film industry for more than 30 years. His first experience was in matte painting for live action motion pictures such as Silent Running, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Star Trek.
In the spring of 1980, when they received Mr. Moore’s application to work with us on The Secret of N.I.M.H. with his portfolio of his matte paintings, Don, John (Pomeroy) & Gary studied his paintings. At first, they thought the work was too commercial, or photographic, but then Don found something in one of the paintings with a soft atmospheric area that he pointed out and said “There! Look at this. Let’s see what he can do for an animated film.”
Within weeks, Don Moore came up with the look of the sets (backgrounds) for The Secret of N.I.M.H. with his sensitive use of the badger brush and articulation in “color keys” based on Don Bluth’s story sketches, even suggesting the character colors in each environment suggesting the mood to enhance and help tell the emotional changes within the story.
Don’s work can be seen in many of the Don Bluth films during his 14 years with Don & Gary, starting with the animation sequence in Xanadu, The Secret of N.I.M.H. , Arcade video games: Dragon’s Lair, Space Ace and Dragon’s Lair II: Time Warp, and films: An American Tail, The Land Before Time, All Dogs Go to Heaven, Rock-A-Doodle, A Troll in Central Park, Thumbelina and The Pebble and the Penguin.
Don Moore’s career continued with the Walt Disney Feature Animation working on The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Hercules, Tarzan, Atlantis and Home On the Range.