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Mormons and Hollywood: 40 Fascinating Facts


19. Church member Don Bluth animated or produced several well-known movies, including The Rescuers (1977) and Pete’s Dragon (1977).

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Don Bluth is perhaps the biggest name in feature-length animation since Walt Disney. He got his start at Walt Disney studios, where he worked on The Rescuers (1977), Pete’s Dragon (1977), Robin Hood (1973),and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977). He eventually left Disney to start his own company, where he created The Secret of NIMH (1982) and animated a sequence for Xanadu (1980). Some of his other successes include An American Tail (1986), The Land Before Time (1988), All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989), Anastasia (1997), and Titan A.E (2000).

20. Fire in the Sky (1993) is based on Latter-day Saint Travis Walton’s alleged alien abduction.

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Travis Walton was working as a logger near Snowflake, Arizona, when he says he and his co-workers encountered a UFO on November 5, 1975. According to Walton, he approached the craft and was struck by a beam of light. Fearing for their lives and presuming Walton was dead, the other loggers fled the scene. When one of them returned for Walton, he was nowhere to be found. The loggers were suspected of murder—despite passing polygraph tests. Walton was found wandering five days later, dehydrated and incoherent. He soon experienced flashbacks of his abduction.

Walton is portrayed in the movie by actor D.B. Sweeney. Walton also makes a cameo appearance in the film.

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