Don Bluth recalls, “Many people were saying, ‘Don’t touch animation. It’s a dinosaur that doesn’t work anymore’. But American Tail went on to gross over $150 million and suddenly, it looked viable again”.
“He loved ballet, was crazy about ballet,” Bill Scott said of director Bobe Cannon. “He considered animated movement a form of ballet and when he would design a film, it would largely be in terms of ballet motion.”