The Land Before Time (franchise)

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The Land Before Time
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Created by Don Bluth, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg
Films and television
Film(s)
Animated series The Land Before Time (2007–08)
Games
Video game(s) See List of The Land Before Time video games

The Land Before Time, is an American franchise of animated adventure films by Universal Studios 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 a total of thirteen direct-to-video musical sequels, 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 in a Complete Collection DVD set on June 14, 2016.[1]

Plot[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 Tyrannosaurus baby who they name Chomper, survive a drought and 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 Land Before Time series.

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 Screenplay:
Dev Ross
Characters:
Judy Freudberg
Tony Geiss
Roy Allen Smith
Zahra Dowlatabadi
Animation producer:
Nelson Shin
The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists December 10, 1996 Roy Allen Smith
Co-producer:
Zahra Dowlatabadi
Animation producer:
Nelson Shin
Warren Taylor
The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island December 9, 1997 Charles Grosvenor Screenplay:
John Loy
54 Characters:
Judy Freudberg
Tony Geiss
Charles Grosvenor
Associate producer:
Rocky Solotoff
Jay Bixsen
The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock December 1, 1998 Screenplay:
Libby Hinson
John Loy
Characters:
Judy Freudberg
Tony Geiss
Charles Grosvenor
Associate producer:
Melinda Rediger
Rocky Solotoff
The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire December 5, 2000 Len Uhley Charles Grosvenor
Associate producer:
Daniel J. Wiley
Danik Thomas
The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze December 4, 2001 John Loy
The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water December 10, 2002 Dev Ross
Characters:
Judy Freudberg
Tony Geiss
Jay Bixsen
The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration December 2, 2003 John Loy
Characters:
Judy Freudberg
Tony Geiss
Charles Grosvenor
Executive producer:
James Wang
Associate producer:
Daniel J. Wiley
The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses January 11, 2005 John Loy Charles Grosvenor
Associate producer:
Daniel J. Wiley
The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers December 6, 2006 John Loy
Characters:
Judy Freudberg
Tony Geiss
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 Michael Tavera
The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave February 2, 2016 Davis Doi Elana Lesser
Cliff Ruby
Lisa Melbye
Deidre Brenner
Luke Guidici

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 Land Before Time: More Sing-Along Songs (1999) Songs from The Land Before Time V & VI and An American Tail III & IV

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.[2] 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.

Cast[edit]

Principal characters[edit]

Characters Films Television series
I
(1988)
II
(1994)
III
(1995)
IV
(1996)
V
(1997)
VI
(1998)
VII
(2000)
VIII
(2001)
IX
(2002)
X
(2003)
XI
(2005)
XII
(2006)
XIII
(2007)
XIV
(2016)
TV series
(2007–2008)
Littlefoot Gabriel Damon Scott McAfee Brandon LaCroix
Thomas Dekker (singing voice)
Thomas Dekker Alec Medlock Aaron Spann Nick Price Cody Arens and Logan Riley Arens
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 unvoiced Rob Paulsen Jeff Bennett Rob Paulsen
Grandpa Longneck Bill Erwin Kenneth Mars unvoiced Barry Bostwick Kenneth Mars
Grandma Longneck unvoiced Linda Gary Miriam Flynn unvoiced Miriam Flynn
Cera's Father Burke Byrnes John Ingle George Ball John Ingle
Chomper Rob Paulsen Cannon Young Issac Brown Max Burkholder
Ruby Meghan Strange

Recurring characters[edit]

Characters Films Television series
I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X XI XII XIII XIV TV series
Bron Kiefer Sutherland Scott Whyte Cam
Clarke
Petrie's Mother unvoiced Tress MacNeille Tress MacNeille Tress MacNeille Tress MacNeille unvoiced Meghan Strange Tress MacNeille
Tria Camryn Manheim Jessica Gee
Ducky's Mother unvoiced Tress MacNeille Tress MacNeille Tress MacNeille Tress MacNeille Meghan Strange Tress MacNeille
Tricia Nika Futterman Nika Futterman
Ali Juliana Hansen Nika Futterman
Shorty Brandon Michael DePaul Elizabeth Daily
Old One Carol Bruce Jessica Walter
Tippy Jeremy Suarez Cree Summer
Tippy's Mother Susan Krebs Susan Krebs
Hyp Whitby Herford Mikey Kelley
Nod Scott Menville Scott Menville
Mutt Jeff Bennett Jeff Bennett
Kosh Rob Paulsen Jeff Bennett Rob Paulsen Pete Sepenuk
Jeff Bennett
Doc Kris Kristofferson Jeff Bennett
Mo Rob Paulsen Rob Paulsen

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. ^ The Land Before Time, 2007-03-05, retrieved 2016-07-26