Animation legend Don Bluth has announced the pre-order of his autobiography! The book is titled “Somewhere Out There: My Animated Life”. Don Bluth’s autobiography is now available for pre-order at all major book retailers! AND! I had the honor of cleaning up and coloring the characters on the front cover! I can’t tell you how excited I am about this release! Be sure you pre-order TODAY and get the first edition before it sells out!

The release date is set for July 19, 2022. You will find the links below to Pre-Order:

Amazon Pre-Order: Somewhere Out There: My Animated Life (Amazon)
Barnes & Noble Pre-Order: Somewhere Out There: My Animated Life (B&N)
Target Pre-Order: Somewhere Out There: My Animated Life (Target)

We asked Don Bluth to comment on his upcoming book release:

Don Bluth, “I am very excited about the publication of the book, and what I am anticipating is that people will see a back story of myself they have never seen before. I hope it helps everyone who reads the book see how they can get their creative powers to work. Because all of us are creative in our lives from one degree to another. I think, for anyone going into the art of animation, this is a must-read. I hope you enjoy it.”

Here is the Description found on Amazon:

After more than five decades in Hollywood, Don Bluth, the man behind some of the most iconic animated films ever made, tells his story.

Don Bluth never felt like a Donald. So people have always called him Don. A matinee of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs awakened something within him. Despite growing up in rural Texas and Utah, he practiced and worked hard to become an Hollywood animator. And after working alongside his idol Walt Disney, and on films including Sleeping Beauty, The Sword in the Stone, Robin Hood, Winne the Pooh, The Rescuers, and Pete’s Dragon, he realized that the company had changed into something he didn’t necessarily believe in. So made the industry-shocking decision to start his own animation studio.

It was from that studio—Don’s studio—that came such award-winning, generation-defining films as The Secret of N.I.M.H, An American Tail, The Land Before Time, All Dogs Go to Heaven, Anastasia, and the video game Dragon’s Lair.

Now, after more than half a century in the movie business, Don is ready to tell the story of his life. How his passions for artistry, integrity, and his Mormon faith shaped him into the beloved icon whose creativity, entrepreneurship, and deeply-held beliefs entertained, enthralled, and inspired millions across the globe.

Exclusive original art makes this book perfect for fans, cineasts, and anyone looking “somewhere out there” for inspiration and motivation.

Publishers: BenBella Books • Smart Pop Books

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The Author

Lavalle Lee

Lavalle Lee

Lavalle Lee has been creating animated cartoons online since 1999/2000 for his website Many cartoons on the site have gained viral video status reaching millions of viewers online. In 2009, Lavalle started learning hand drawn animation from Don Bluth in his animation classes, as well as attending his Masterclasses in Arizona. He has also personally studied animation and visual effects from Veteran Disney animators in Orlando, FL.

Lavalle is widely known in the animation industry as the creator of the website. After seeing that most animation sites were about all types of animation, not any specific to classical hand drawn animation, Lavalle knew Traditional Animation needed to be represented online. has become the leading website and social media account for all things 2D. The website served as inspiration for “The Traditional Animation Show” in which Lavalle was both producer and host.

His partnership with Don Bluth began when he championed the Dragon's Lair Indiegogo campaign as lead project manager, editor, voice actor and in-betweener. The campaign reached $730,000 dollars to produce a 7-minute pitch video. In 2017, Lavalle brought the idea of creating a school to Don Bluth, and Don Bluth University was born. After a decade of learning from Don Bluth and working together on multiple pitches and business ventures, Lavalle accepted the position as Vice President of Don Bluth's new company Don Bluth Studios.


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