The Land Before Time (series)

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The Land Before Time is a franchise of animated films centered on dinosaurs. The series began in 1988 with The Land Before Time, directed and produced by Don Bluth and executive produced by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. It was followed by a total of 12 direct-to-video musical sequels, (with Jeff Bennett and John Ingle filling their roles) although none involves the participation of Bluth, Lucas, or Spielberg and later a TV series, which again has no involvement from the people behind the first film.

Synopsis[edit]

The films follow a friendship of a group of young dinosaurs, by the names of Littlefoot (Apatosaurus), Cera (Triceratops), Petrie (Pteranodon), Ducky (Saurolophus), and Spike (Stegosaurus). After finding The Great Valley, they raise a carnivourous baby, survive a drought, a cold snap and witness a solar eclipse. Throughout all films they embark upon adventures, learning lessons about life and friendship along the way.

List of titles[edit]

Films[edit]

The following is a list of the films in the The Land Before Time series. All sequels have since been renamed without the numbers in their titles, when they were re-released on DVD in 2003.

Title Release Date Director(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Editor(s) Composer(s)
The Land Before Time November 18, 1988 Don Bluth Screenplay:
Stu Krieger
Story:
Judy Freudberg
Tony Geiss
Don Bluth
Gary Goldman
John Pomeroy
Executive producers:
Steven Spielberg
George Lucas
Co-executive producers:
Frank Marshall
Kathleen Kennedy
Associate producer:
Deborah Jelin Newmyer
John K. Carr
Dan Molina
James Horner
The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure December 13, 1994 Roy Allen Smith Screenplay:
John Loy
John Ludin
Dev Ross
Characters:
Judy Freudberg
Tony Geiss
Roy Allen Smith
Co-producer:
Zahra Dowlatabadi
Animation producer:
Nelson Shin
Jay Bixsen Michael Tavera
The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving December 12, 1995 Roy Allen Smith Screenplay:
Dev Ross
Characters:
Judy Freudberg
Tony Geiss
Roy Allen Smith
Zahra Dowlatabadi
Animation producer:
Nelson Shin
Jay Bixsen Michael Tavera
The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists December 10, 1996 Roy Allen Smith Screenplay:
Dev Ross
Characters:
Judy Freudberg
Tony Geiss
Roy Allen Smith
Co-producer:
Zahra Dowlatabadi
Animation producer:
Nelson Shin
Warren Taylor Michael Tavera
The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island December 9, 1997 Charles Grosvenor Screenplay:
John Loy
Characters:
Judy Freudberg
Tony Geiss
Charles Grosvenor
Associate producer:
Rocky Solotoff
Jay Bixsen Michael Tavera
The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock December 15, 1998 Charles Grosvenor Screenplay:
Libby Hinson
John Loy
Characters:
Judy Freudberg
Tony Geiss
Charles Grosvenor
Associate producer:
Melinda Rediger
Rocky Solotoff
Jay Bixsen Michael Tavera
The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire December 5, 2000 Charles Grosvenor Len Uhley Charles Grosvenor
Associate producer:
Daniel J. Wiley
Danik Thomas Michael Tavera
The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze December 4, 2001 Charles Grosvenor John Loy Charles Grosvenor
Associate producer:
Daniel J. Wiley
Danik Thomas Michael Tavera
The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water December 10, 2002 Charles Grosvenor Dev Ross
Characters:
Judy Freudberg
Tony Geiss
Charles Grosvenor
Associate producer:
Daniel J. Wiley
Jay Bixsen Michael Tavera
The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration December 2, 2003 Charles Grosvenor John Loy
Characters:
Judy Freudberg
Tony Geiss
Charles Grosvenor
Executive producer:
James Wang
Associate producer:
Daniel J. Wiley
Jay Bixsen Michael Tavera
The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses January 11, 2005 Charles Grosvenor John Loy Charles Grosvenor
Associate producer:
Daniel J. Wiley
Jay Bixsen Michael Tavera
The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers December 6, 2006 Charles Grosvenor John Loy
Characters:
Judy Freudberg
Tony Geiss
Charles Grosvenor
Associate producer:
Daniel J. Wiley
Jay Bixsen Michael Tavera
Kyle Kenneth Batter
The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends November 27, 2007 Jamie Mitchell
Supervising director:
Charles Grosvenor
John Loy Daniel J. Wiley Jay Bixsen Michael Tavera

Albums[edit]

  • The Land Before Time: Sing-Along Songs (1997) Songs from The Land Before Time, II, III & IV
  • The Land Before Time: More Sing-Along Songs (1999) Songs from The Land Before Time V & VI

Television series[edit]

A television series based on the films began airing on YTV in Canada on January 5, 2007. It consisted of one season of 26 episodes, and officially premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States on March 5, 2007, after the DVD release of The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers.[1] The TV series takes place after the events of The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends. It has since been collected and released on 6 DVDs, each containing 4 episodes, in the United States.

Games[edit]

The series has spawned seven spin-off games, two for PC, one for the Game Boy Color, one for the Game Boy Advance and three for the original PlayStation. The PC games are usually educational games aimed for preschool and kindergarten. Games for the Game Boy Color and Advance include The Land Before Time and The Land Before Time: Into the Mysterious Beyond, in which the original six characters must search for Chomper. Games for the PlayStation include The Land Before Time: Big Water Adventure, a spin-off of Journey to Big Water, The Land Before Time: Great Valley Racing Adventure and The Land Before Time: Return to the Great Valley.

Cast[edit]

Main Characters

Guest characters[edit]

In every sequel to the original film The Land Before Time, there has always been a guest character featured. Up to date, Chomper, Mo, Tria, Big Daddy, the other Tinysauruses, Tricia, Mr. Thicknose, Ali, and Guido, Bron, Hyp, Nod, Mutt, Tippy, Shorty, Doc, and the Old One are the only guest characters of the series to make reappearances.

Guest Character Appears in Voiced by
Chomper The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure
The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island
The Land Before Time (TV series)
Rob Paulson (II)
Cannon Young (V)
Max Burkholder (TV series)
Mo The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water
The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration (cameo only)
The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers (cameo only)
The Land Before Time (TV series)
Rob Paulsen (XII, TV series)
Tria The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers
The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends
The Land Before Time (TV series)
Camryn Manheim (XII)
Jessica Gee (XIII and TV series)
Big Daddy The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers (cameo only) none
Other Tinysauruses The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers (cameos only) none
Tricia The Land Before Time (TV series) Meghan Strange (TV series)
Mr. Thicknose The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze
The Land Before Time (TV series)
Robert Guillaume (VIII)
Dorian Harewood (TV series)
Ali The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists
The Land Before Time (TV series)
Nika Futterman (TV series)
Old One The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists
The Land Before Time (TV series)
Jessica Walter (TV series)
Guido The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers
The Land Before Time (TV series)
Rob Paulsen
Bron The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration
The Land Before Time (TV series)
Kiefer Sutherland

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