The Land Before Time

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The Land Before Time
The Land Before Time logo.png
Franchise logo
Created byJudy Freudberg
Tony Geiss
Original workThe Land Before Time (1988)
OwnerUniversal Pictures
Years1988; 33 years ago (1988)–present
Films and television
Film(s)
Animated series
Games
Video game(s)
Audio
Soundtrack(s)
Miscellaneous
Toy(s)Various
Official website
https://www.landbeforetime.com/

The Land Before Time is an American children's franchise of animated adventure films by Universal Pictures centered on dinosaurs. The series began in 1988 with the eponymous The Land Before Time, directed and produced by Don Bluth and executive produced by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. It was followed by 13 direct-to-video musical sequels, a TV series, video games, soundtracks, and related merchandising. Neither the sequels nor the series involve the participation of Bluth, Lucas, or Spielberg. All 14 films were released as a Complete Collection DVD set on June 14, 2016.[1]

Plot[edit]

The films follow a friendship of a group of young ornithodirans (four dinosaurs and a pterosaur) by the names of Littlefoot (Apatosaurus), Cera (Triceratops), Ducky (Saurolophus), Petrie (Pteranodon), and Spike (Stegosaurus). After finding the Great Valley, they raise a baby Tyrannosaurus who they name Chomper, survive a drought, a cold snap, encounter aliens, 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 fourteen films in the series.

# Title Release Date Director(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Editor(s) Narrator(s) Composer(s)
1 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
Pat Hingle James Horner
2 The Great Valley Adventure December 13, 1994 Roy Allen Smith John Loy
John Ludin
Dev Ross
Roy Allen Smith
Co-producer:
Zahra Dowlatabadi
Animation producer:
Nelson Shin
Jay Bixsen John Ingle Michael Tavera
3 The Time of the Great Giving December 12, 1995 Dev Ross Roy Allen Smith
Zahra Dowlatabadi
Animation producer:
Nelson Shin
4 Journey Through the Mists December 10, 1996 Roy Allen Smith
Co-producer:
Zahra Dowlatabadi
Animation producer:
Nelson Shin
Warren Taylor
5 The Mysterious Island December 9, 1997 Charles Grosvenor John Loy Charles Grosvenor
Associate producer:
Rocky Solotoff
Jay Bixsen
6 The Secret of Saurus Rock December 1, 1998 Libby Hinson
John Loy
Charles Grosvenor
Associate producer:
Melinda Rediger
Rocky Solotoff
Kenneth Mars
7 The Stone of Cold Fire December 5, 2000 Len Uhley Charles Grosvenor
Associate producer:
Daniel J. Wiley
Danik Thomas Jeff Bennett
8 The Big Freeze December 4, 2001 John Loy John Ingle
9 Journey to Big Water December 10, 2002 Dev Ross Jay Bixsen
10 The Great Longneck Migration December 2, 2003 John Loy Charles Grosvenor
Executive producer:
James Wang
Associate producer:
Daniel J. Wiley
11 Invasion of the Tinysauruses January 11, 2005[2] Charles Grosvenor
Associate producer:
Daniel J. Wiley
12 The Great Day of the Flyers December 6, 2006 Michael Tavera
Kyle Kenneth Batter
13 The Wisdom of Friends November 27, 2007 Jamie Mitchell
Supervising director:
Charles Grosvenor
Daniel J. Wiley Michael Tavera
14 Journey of the Brave February 2, 2016 Davis Doi Elana Lesser
Cliff Ruby
Lisa Melbye
Deirdre Brenner
Luke Guidici Tony Amendola

Albums[edit]

  • The Land Before Time (1990) Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • The Land Before Time: Sing-Along Songs (1997) Songs from The Land Before Time, II, III & IV
  • The Songs from The Land Before Time (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 and An American Tail III & IV
  • The Best Songs from The Land Before Time (2016) Songs from The Land Before Time, VI, VIII, IX, X, XI & XIV

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.[3] 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 and the UK.

Games[edit]

The series has spawned 14 spin-off games, eight for PC, one for the Game Boy Color, two 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. They are all voiced by Lani Minella.

Cast[edit]

Principal characters[edit]

Characters Films Television series
The Land Before Time 2
The Great Valley Adventure
3
The Time of the Great Giving
4
Journey Through the Mists
5
The Mysterious Island
6
The Secret of Saurus Rock
7
The Stone of Cold Fire
8
The Big Freeze
9
Journey to Big Water
10
The Great Longneck Migration
11
Invasion of the Tinysauruses
12
The Great Day of the Flyers
13
The Wisdom of Friends
14
Journey of the Brave
The Land Before Time
1988 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 2000 2001 2002 2003 2005 2006 2007 2016 2007–2008
Littlefoot Gabriel Damon Scott McAfee Brandon LaCroix
Thomas Dekker
(singing voice)
Thomas Dekker Alec Medlock Aaron Spann Nick Price Cody Arens
Logan Arens
(disguised voice)
Anthony Skillman
(singing voice)
Felix Avitia Cody Arens
Anthony Skillman
(singing voice)
Cera Candace Hutson Anndi McAfee
Ducky Judith Barsi Heather Hogan Aria Noelle Curzon
Petrie Will Ryan Jeff Bennett
Spike Uncredited voice actor Rob Paulsen Jeff Bennett Rob Paulsen
Chomper Rob Paulsen Cannon Young Issac Brown Max Burkholder
Ruby Meghan Strange
Grandpa Longneck Bill Erwin Kenneth Mars Does not speak Barry Bostwick Kenneth Mars
Grandma Longneck Does not speak Linda Gary Miriam Flynn Does not speak Miriam Flynn
Mr. Threehorn Burke Byrnes John Ingle George Ball John Ingle

Recurring characters[edit]

Characters Films Television series
The Land Before Time 2
The Great Valley Adventure
3
The Time of the Great Giving
4
Journey Through the Mists
5
The Mysterious Island
6
The Secret of Saurus Rock
7
The Stone of Cold Fire
8
The Big Freeze
9
Journey to Big Water
10
The Great Longneck Migration
11
Invasion of the Tinysauruses
12
The Great Day of the Flyers
13
The Wisdom of Friends
14
Journey of the Brave
The Land Before Time
1988 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 2000 2001 2002 2003 2005 2006 2007 2016 2007–2008
Ducky's Mother N/A Tress MacNeille Tress MacNeille Tress MacNeille Tress MacNeille Meghan Strange Tress MacNeille
Petrie's Mother N/A Tress MacNeille Tress MacNeille Tress MacNeille Tress MacNeille Does not speak Anndi McAfee Tress MacNeille
Littlefoot's Mother Helen Shaver Flashback
Hyp Whit Hertford
Josh Keaton
(singing voice)
Mikey Kelley
Nod Scott Menville Scott Menville
Mutt Jeff Bennett Jeff Bennett
Ali Juliana Hansen Nika Futterman
Old One Carol Bruce Jessica Walter
Elsie Christina Pickles
Doc Kris Kristofferson Jeff Bennett
Mr. Thicknose Robert Guillaume Dorian Harewood
Tippy Jeremy Suarez Cree Summer
Tippy's Mother Susan Krebs Susan Krebs
Spiketail Leader Rob Paulsen Rob Paulsen
Mo Rob Paulsen Rob Paulsen
Shorty Brandon Michael DePaul Elizabeth Daily
Bron Kiefer Sutherland Scott Whyte Cam
Clarke
Tria Camryn Manheim Jessica Gee Jessica Gee
Guido Rob Paulsen Rob Paulsen
Tricia Nika Futterman Meghan Strange
Kosh Rob Paulsen Jeff Bennett Rob Paulsen Pete Sepenuk
Jeff Bennett

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grosvenor, Charles; Bluth, Don; Smith, Roy Allen; Mitchell, Jamie; Doi, Davis (June 14, 2016), The Land Before Time: The Complete Collection, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, retrieved October 4, 2016
  2. ^ https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_land_before_time_xi_invasion_of_the_tinysauruses
  3. ^ The Land Before Time, 2007-03-05, retrieved 2016-07-26

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