July 11, 1940|
Texas, United States
|Died||October 31, 2013
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Painter, animator, background artist, production designer, theater/film director|
Frederick L. "Toby" Bluth (July 11, 1940 – October 31, 2013) was a Texas-born American illustrator who worked on many Disney films and others as animator, Background artist and Production designer. He had a long career writing and illustrating children's books, not to mention performing and or directing, nearly one hundred musicals, both on Broadway and off. His artwork is prominently displayed at most of the Disney theme parks around the world. He was the younger brother of Don Bluth, whom he collaborated with on both theater and animation.
Bluth noted Gustaf Tenggren, whom Walt Disney actively recruited to work on the breakthrough film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as being a big inspiration throughout his career. When asked how he approached each of his watercolor masterpieces, Toby described his intent as
"Creating the moment that you think you saw ... How one remembers a film is often different from the actual film itself."
The use of chiaroscuro was apparent in Bluth's work. These subtle variations of light and shade create depth, life and warm, yet cool shadows to each scene. This lends a heightened delineation of character and allows his subjects much more of a unique, almost animated, existence within the painting.
|Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers||2004||Art Director|
|The Tigger Movie||2000||Additional Background Artist / Stylest|
|Babes in Toyland||1997||Director / Lyricist / Background Designer / Character Designer|
|The Story of Santa Claus||1996||Director|
|Alvin & the Chipmunks||1983||Character Designer / Production Designer|
|The Smurfs||1981||Background Stylist|
|A Chipmunk Christmas||1981||Production Designer|
|Banjo the Woodpile Cat||1979||Writer (uncredited)|
- Books written and illustrated by Toby Bluth:
- Bluth, Toby (ed.) (1995). Disney's Cinderella: Dreams Do Come True (First edition ed.). Mouse Works. ISBN 978-1-57082-242-1.
- Bluth, Toby (ed.) (1994). Disney's Dopey Loses the Diamonds (First edition ed.). Mouse Works. ISBN 978-1-57082-150-9.
- Bluth, Toby (ed.) (1994). Snow White's Escape (First edition ed.). Mouse Works. ISBN 978-1-57082-153-0.
- Bluth, Toby (ed.) (1985). Tenderfoot (First edition ed.). Children's Press. ISBN 978-0-516-09166-2.
- Bluth, Toby (ed.) (1983). Siegfried's Silent Night (First edition ed.). Ideals Children's Books. ISBN 978-0-8249-8059-7.
- "Toby Bluth at ED Chasen Fine Art". Archived from the original on 2008-10-05. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
- "Gustaf Tenggren IMDb profile". Archived from the original on 2008-10-05. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
- "ART THAT MOVES THE HEART - Toby Bluth". Archived from the original on 2008-10-05. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
- "Toby Bluth R.I.P." - article by Jerry Beck on Animation Scoop; November 6, 2013; retrieved November 6, 2013.
- Artist Official Disney Fine Art Site
- Toby Bluth at the Internet Movie Database
- Artist's Official Site