Toby Bluth

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Toby Bluth
Frederick L. Bluth

(1940-07-11)July 11, 1940
Texas, United States
DiedOctober 31, 2013(2013-10-31) (aged 73)
Occupation(s)Painter, animator, background artist, production designer, theater director, film director
Years active1977–2011
Relatives Don Bluth (brother)

Frederick L. "Toby" Bluth (July 11, 1940 – October 31, 2013) was an American illustrator who worked on many Disney films and others as animator, background artist, and production designer. [1] He had a long career writing and illustrating children's books, [2] as well as performing and directing, nearly one hundred musicals, both on Broadway and off. [3] 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.



Gustaf Tenggren [4] was a big inspiration throughout Bluth's career. [3] 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. [5]

In addition to his work on Disney films, Bluth created a large portfolio of erotic gay art, as well as commissioned illustrations for gay businesses and publications like The Advocate. [6]


He died on October 31, 2013, in Los Angeles, California, following a stroke. He was survived by his long time partner, Jack Griffith, and his older brother Don Bluth. [7]


Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers 2004Art director
The Tigger Movie 2000Additional background artist / Stylist
Babes in Toyland 1997Director / Lyricist / Background designer / Character designer
The Story of Santa Claus 1996Director
Alvin and the Chipmunks 1983Character designer / Production designer
The Smurfs 1981Background stylist
A Chipmunk Christmas 1981Production designer
Banjo the Woodpile Cat 1979Writer (uncredited)

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