The Land Before Time (TV series)

This article is about the series. For the film, see The Land Before Time. For the franchise, see The Land Before Time (franchise).
The Land Before Time
Created by Charles Grosvenor
Judy Freudberg
Tony Geiss
Developed by Ford Riley
Directed by Scott Heming
Dick Sebast
Voices of Cody Arens
Anndi McAfee
Aria Curzon
Rob Paulsen
Max Burkholder
Meghan Strange
Kenneth Mars
Miriam Flynn
John Ingle
Tress MacNeille
Pete Sepenuk
Dorian Harewood
Jeff Bennett
Jessica Gee
Theme music composer Roc Gagliese
Steve D'Angelo
Terry Tompkins
Composer(s) Cory Lerios (score)
Michele Brourman (songs)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26 (list of episodes)
Producer(s) Diane A. Crea
Charles Grosvenor
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Universal Animation Studios
Amblin Television
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network Cartoon Network
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original release January 5, 2007 – January 15, 2008
Preceded by The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends (2007)
Followed by The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave (2016)

The Land Before Time is an American animated television series, based on the Land Before Time 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 January 5, 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 since March 2008. It aired on Spacetoon on January 1, 2011 after Spacetoon English closed and the Spacetoon Group was rebranded. It aired on TV Russia on May 2, 2009 after TV Russia Service Television (TV RSTV) closed.

It was 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, with occasional cel-shaded computer animated characters in wide shots. The main antagonists in the series are Red Claw, an evil villainous Tyrannosaurus, and Screech and Thud, two henchmen Utahraptors. The TV series takes place after the events of The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends, due to Chomper and Ruby being absent in that film.


Voice cast

Main characters

Recurring characters

Guest characters


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.

See also


  1. 1 2 Lenburg, Jeff (2009). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons Third Edition. Infobase Publishing. ISBN 0-8160-6599-3.
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