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The Land Before Time is a children's franchise of animated films by Universal Pictures 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 direct-to-video musical sequels and a TV series. Neither the sequels nor the series involve the participation of Bluth, Lucas, or Spielberg.

Plot[]

The films follow a friendship of a group of young dinosaurs by the names of Littlefoot (Apatosaurus), Cera (Triceratops), Petrie (Pterodactyl), Ducky (Saurolophus), and Spike (Stegosaurus). After finding The Great Valley, they raise a carnivorous 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[]

Films[]

The following is a list of the films in the 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 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, 1995 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 1, 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
The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave February 2, 2016 Davis Doi Elana Lesser
Cliff Ruby
Lisa Melbye
Deidre Brenner
Luke Guidici Michael Tavera

Albums[]

  • 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[]

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 and the UK.

Games[]

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[]

Main characters[]

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 1995 1997 1998 2000 2001 2002 2003 2005 2006 2007 2016 2007–2008
Littlefoot Gabriel Damon Scott McAfee Brandon LaCroix Thomas Dekker Alec Medlock Aaron Spann Nick Price Cody Arens and Logan Riley Arens Felix Avitia Cody Arens
Thomas Dekker
(singing voice)
Anthony Skillman
(singing voice)
Anthony Skillman
(singing voice)
Cera Candy Hutson Candace Hutson Anndi McAfee
Ducky Judith Barsi Heather Hogan Aria Noelle Curzon
Petrie Will Ryan Jeff Bennett
Spike Template:N/A Rob Paulsen Jeff Bennett Rob Paulsen
Chomper Rob Paulsen Cannon Young Issac Brown Max Burkholder
Ruby Meghan Strange
Guido Rob Paulsen Rob Paulsen

Links[]

https://landbeforetime.fandom.com/wiki/Land_Before_Time_Wiki

References[]

  1. The Land Before Time, 2007-03-05, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0473584/, retrieved 2016-07-26 
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