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The Land Before Time
Format Animated
Comedy
Action/Adventure
Created by Judy Freudberg
Tony Geiss
Developed by Charles Grosvenor
Directed by Scott Hemings
Dick Sebast
Voices of Cody Arens
Anndi McAfee
Aria Curzon
Jeff Bennett
Rob Paulsen
Max Burkholder
Meghan Strange
Pete Sepenuk
Jessica Gee
Kenneth Mars
Tress MacNeille
John Ingle
Dorian Harewood
Miriam Flynn
Theme music composer Cory Lerios
Roc Gagliese
Steve D'Angelo
Terry Tompkins
Country of origin  Canada (Tested)
 United States (Animated)
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Universal Animation Studios
Amblin Entertainment
Distributor Universal Studios Home Entertainment Family Productions
Broadcast
Original channel United States Cartoon Network (2007-2008)
Canada YTV
United Kingdom Boomerang
France Cartoonito
Japan Kids Station
Pakistan Cartoon Network
Australia ABC1
Italy Italia 1
Germany Cartoon Network
Bulgaria Nova Television
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original run March 4, 2007 – January 23, 2008 (on hiatus)
Chronology
Preceded by The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends (2007)
External links
Official website

The Land Before Time is a North American animated television series, based on characters from The Land Before Time American film series created by Judy Freudberg and Tony Geiss. It was developed for television by Ford Riley for Universal Animation Studios and Amblin Entertainment (Amblin produced the first film), and first premiered on YTV in Canada for a test on June 11, 2007. The show officially premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States on March 5, 2007 (although the first episode debuted on the 4th) after the DVD release of The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers. It aired on Boomerang in the United Kingdom on April 16, 2007. It first premiered in Japan on Kids Station in May 2007. The first season has begun airing on Cartoon Network India, with its premiere on April 7, 2008. The show has neither aired on Cartoon Network in the United States nor on YTV in Canada for months since March 2008.

It is made as traditionally-animated with computer-animated backgrounds, which the past sequels from The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration onwards have used. The main antagonists in the series are Red Claw, a Tyrannosaurus, and Screech and Thud, two Utahraptors. The TV series takes place after the events of The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends.

Contents

Production

Chomper has been slightly modified in the TV series. He is now more purple (compared to his bluish color in the films The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure and The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island) and his teeth are positioned differently.

This is Universal's first animated television series produced by Amblin Entertainment since 1996's The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper. It is also Amblin's first animated television series since 1998's Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain (a spin-off from Pinky and the Brain). It is also the first time produced by Amblin Entertainment since the original film The Land Before Time. Both Universal and Amblin produced previous animated television series, such as Back to the Future: The Animated Series (based on the Back to the Future live-action films), Fievel's American Tails (based on An American Tail films), Family Dog (executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Tim Burton, who produced animated films like The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride), and The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper (based on the live-action/animated film Casper). The TV series is the first animated television series produced by Amblin Entertainment to be filmed in the high-definition format. The TV series also marks the first and only time the Amblin Entertainment logo has ever appeared in The Land Before Time series since the original 1988 film, as the studio has no rights for the sequels.

Episodes

Voice cast

Main voice cast

Guest voice cast

Music

  • The songs are written by Michele Brourman (music) and Ford Riley (lyrics).
  • All of the songs sung in the TV series (with the exception of Adventuring, Friends for Dinner, Big Water, and The Legend of the Lone Dinosaur) are unnamed, and the names above are approximations.
  • All of the songs are generally very short, and only span roughly 1 minute.
  • Every episode of the TV series has exactly two songs in it.
  • Many of the song's melodies are reused in other episodes with different singers/lyrics (a la Nerima Daikon Brothers). The songs Talking Big (with a different absolute pitch), Fix Your Tooth, Do Anything, My Reality, Sniff Him Out, and Find Those Stones are all melodically the same with different lyrics, as are Remembering, Everything Will Be Okay, What To Do, Be Quiet Now, and Follow Me (with a different absolute pitch). Also, I Feel Mad, We Need a Plan, Must Believe, Made a Mistake, Hide My Stones, Me Need New Home (with a different absolute pitch), We Must Be Brave, and Is It True She Lied are all melodically the same with different lyrics. My Way is melodically the same as Oops-Eeps. It's Good to Be Home is melodically the same as Feel So Happy. Good Times, Good Friends shares its melody with Please Be Careful. The songs Hidden Runner, Big Longneck Test, and Don't Be Scared are melodically the same as Big Water from the film The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island. Similarly, Above the Mysterious Above and The Amazing Threehorn Girl (with a different absolute pitch) are melodically the same as Beyond the Mysterious Beyond from the film The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire. The Legend of the Lone Dinosaur from the film The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock shares its original melody with Up in the Sky.
  • The only film songs played in the TV series that never share their melodies are Adventuring from The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration and Friends for Dinner from The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island. Adventuring is also the only repeating song played in the TV series that never shares its melody.
  • The song Adventuring is taken from the film The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration. Friends for Dinner and Big Water are also taken from the film The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island. The Legend of the Lone Dinosaur is also taken from the film The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock.
  • In the episode Days of Rising Waters, the song Feel So Happy is played with a different absolute pitch than other versions of the song.
  • In the episode The Missing Fast-Water Adventure, the song Remembering is played with a different absolute pitch than other versions of the song.

Theme song

The theme song is performed by the South African choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The Theme is written by Roc Gagliese, Steve D'Angelo, and Terry Tompkins of The Eggplant. The music score is by Cory Lerios.

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