The Disney Renaissance
This era of Disney feature animation was initiated in part thanks to a rivalry with one of their former employees. In 1979, Don Bluth and others left Disney and started their own studio. In 1986, Bluth collaborated with Steven Spielberg to release An American Tail, which competed that year against Disney's The Great Mouse Detective. For the rest of the '80s, Disney and Bluth continued their rivalry but by the start of the '90s, Disney came out on top.
One person who really profited from the Disney Renaissance was composer/songwriter Alan Menken. Because of the work he has done for Disney, he has more Oscars (8) than any other person still living. He is also one of only 16 EGOT winners, meaning he has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. All four of these awards that Menken earned have a Disney connection by the way. Other important filmmakers who made the Renaissance possible were Roy Disney, Micheal Eisner, Frank Wells, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Howard Ashman and others. To learn about the hit films they produced, please watch the video above.