Charles Grosvenor

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Charles Grosvenor (born June 2, 1952) is an American film director.

Early work[edit]

Originally from Hillsdale, New Jersey, he moved to Los Angeles in 1978 to work in the animation industry, at a time when most of the work was still being done in the US. His first job was for Hanna-Barbera, as a model designer on The Buford Files. He soon joined the layout department and quickly advanced to crew chief, and ultimately to head of layout, thereby having a hand in every Hanna-Barbera show that was produced in those years, including Richie Rich and The Smurfs.

Evolving into direction[edit]

With Yogi's Treasure Hunt, Grosvenor made the move to directing. His success at that effort led to more directing assignments, including some of the first long form (an hour or more) animated shows, beginning with The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound. He graduated to feature film directing with Hanna-Barbera's Once Upon a Forest.

Current work[edit]

When Hanna-Barbera was absorbed by Warner Bros., Grosvenor moved to MGM, where he directed yet another incarnation of The Pink Panther as well as an animated feature based on Babes in Toyland. In 1997, he joined Universal Cartoon Studios (later renamed Universal Animation Studios), taking over the highly successful Land Before Time direct-to-video series, beginning with The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island. As of 2006 he has produced and directed an additional seven sequels (The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire, The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze, The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water, The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration, The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses, and The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers), in addition to overseeing 26 half-hours of a television series based on the movies. While critical reception of the series has varied (many of the first sequels received lukewarm to negative reviews, while the latter sequels received more positive reviews), the series has gained a loyal fanbase.

Filmography[edit]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Notes
1978-1979 Godzilla layout artist
1980 The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show layout artist/character designer
1981-1986 The Smurfs layout artist/story director/associate producer
1981 The Kwicky Koala Show layout artist
1982 Pac-Man layout artist
1983 The Dukes layout supervisor
The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show layout supervisor
1985 The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo layout supervisor
Galtar and the Golden Lance layout supervisor
The Jetsons layout supervisor
Snorks layout supervisor
1985-1986 Paw Paws layout supervisor
1986 Yogi's Treasure Hunt associate producer
1987 Popeye and Son story director/key layout artist/producer
1989 Fantastic Max storyboard artist/producer
The Further Adventures of SuperTed storyboard artist/producer
1994 Animaniacs storyboard artist
Beavis and Butt-Head storyboard artist
1995 The Pink Panther director/producer
1998 Mad Jack the Pirate storyboard artist/layout designer
2007-2008 The Land Before Time producer
2009 Curious George storyboard artist
Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps storyboard artist
2010-2011 Bob the Builder storyboard artist
2012-2013 Peter Rabbit storyboards
2012-present Doc McStuffins storyboard artist

Film[edit]

Year Title Notes
1986 GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords layout supervisor
1988 The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound story director/producer
1993 Once Upon a Forest director/storyboard artist
1997 Babes in Toyland director/storyboard artist
The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island director/producer
1998 The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock director/producer
2000 The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire director/producer
2001 The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze director/producer
2002 The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water director/producer
2003 The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration director/producer
2005 The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses director/producer
2007 The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers director/producer
The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends producer

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