World Class Animation Critic
On this topic - vaguely - I was going through old pic folders on my HD a few weeks ago, and under a sub-folder heading which wouldn't make sense to anyone else but which meant 'things I bought which weren't pulp magazines' I came across something which sent me into a paroxysm of confusion. Apparently about 10 years ago I bought a sketch of Charlie Barkin, hand drawn by Don Bluth, with a COA signed by same.
Since my rooms are a bit like Hiroshima in 1945 without the fallout, or I suppose... ok... like Hiroshima in 1947.. I spent about 90 mins uprooting everything in the vague precinct of where this thing might be and lo - there it is: a pencil sketch of Charlie, absolutely accurate to the 1989 first movie, signed by Bluth. I have no doubt this is original, but what confuses me is that on the COA (which is signed by Bluth) it says 'This is an original hand-drawn character sketch by Don Bluth of Don Bluth's ToonTalk Incorporated. Copyright Bluth Group L.T.D. 1983' and below that: 'Character - Charlie', and Bluth's signature again.
But that's just after 'Secret of NIMH' and nearly six years before ADGTH. Is it just that c. 1983 is a generic copyright set up for all products from Bluth's company? I hope so. Wish I could show it to you, but don't know how to.