Michael Tavera

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Michael Tavera
Birth nameMichael Anthony Tavera
Also known asMike Tavera
Born Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Film score

Michael Anthony Tavera is an American composer best known for his animation scores. He has also worked on countless television series, live-action films, and direct-to-video sequels. He performed at the London Symphony Orchestra.



Tavera grew up in Los Angeles. He is most notable for composing music for shows such as ¡Mucha Lucha! , Star Wars Resistance , and Guardians of the Galaxy .



1988 Lucky Stiff
1992 Frozen Assets
1993 Bitter Harvest
1994 The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure with James Horner
1995 Mr. Payback: An Interactive Movie
The Chili Con Carne Club
Jingle Bell Rock
The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving with James Horner
1996 No One Would Tell
The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists with James Horner
1997 Dying to Belong
Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves
Two Came Back
Mr. Magoo
The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island with James Horner
Holiday in Your Heart
1998 Girl
Forever Love
An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island with James Horner
The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock with James Horner
1999Special Delivery
Silent Predators
Excellent Cadavers
2000 Quints
Drowning Mona
An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster with James Horner
The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire with James Horner
2001 Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse with Jason Oliver
The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze with James Horner
2002 Cinderella II: Dreams Come True [1]
Mickey's House of Villains with Randy Petersen
The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water with James Horner
2003 Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure
Stitch! The Movie [2]
The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration
2005 The Origin of Stitch
¡Mucha Lucha!: The Return of El Maléfico
The Fix
The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses with James Horner
2006 On Native Soil [1]
The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers
2007 The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends
2008Waiting in Beijing
2009The Girl in the Window
The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu
Lionelville: Destination Adventure
Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes
2011Bounty Killer
Slightly Single in L.A.
Quest for Zhu
Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz
2012 Soldiers of Fortune with Joseph LoDuca
Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse
2013 Dog It Down
Slightly Single in L.A.
Tom and Jerry's Giant Adventure
2014 Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon
2015 Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest
2016 The Land Before Time XIV: Journey of the Brave
Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz
2017 Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with Walter Scharf


1983 Star Search
1988 The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley
1988–1990 Fantastic Max
1989 Wowzer Music Arranger, with Bob Mitchoff
1990 Midnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone
The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 with Evan Roberts, Joellyn Cooperman, and Paige Ashley
1990–1991 Captain N: The Game Master Also worked on orchestration and music arrangement for Season 1 in 1989
The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda
Wake, Rattle, and Roll
1991 Good Sports
Swamp Thing: The Series
Super Mario World with Monroe Michaels
Where's Waldo
Charlie Hoover Episode 1.5
1991–1992 Back to the Future: The Animated Series
1992Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories
1993 Sonic the Hedgehog Season 1
1993–1995 Exosquad
1993-1997 Hurricanes Co-produced With Reed Robbins and Mark Simon
1994 Beethoven: The Animated Series
1995 Melrose Place Episode 3.20: Boxing Sydney
1996–1998 The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper
1996 Richie Rich
1998 Toonsylvania
1998–1999 Hyperion Bay
1999–2002Beyond Chance
1999 Invader Zim Pilot
2000HBO First LookEpisode: What Lies Beneath: Constructing the Perfect Thriller
2001–2003 House of Mouse
2001 Time Squad
2002 Butt-Ugly Martians
The Cartoon Cartoon Show Episode: Jeffrey Cat: Claw and Order
2002–2005 ¡Mucha Lucha! Season 1 and 2
2003–2007 Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks
2003–2006 Lilo & Stitch: The Series
2004-2007 Pet Alien
2004-2006 Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi Additional Music (uncredited)
2006–2008 The Emperor's New School
2006–2009 Yin Yang Yo!
2006 Mix Master
2007 Sea Princesses
2008 Ben & Izzy
Random! Cartoons Episodes: The Finster Finster Show; Ivan the Unbearable
2008–2010 The Secret Saturdays
2009 So Random! Writer: Socks with Sandals
2010–2013 Planet Sheen
2011–2014 Monsuno
2013–2015 Max Steel
2013-2015 The Awesomes
2015 Get Blake! Uncredited
2015– Guardians of the Galaxy
2016 Kulipari: An Army of Frogs
2018 Star Wars Resistance [3] Original Star Wars themes and score by John Williams
2021 The Ghost and Molly McGee Upcoming series

Video games


1993 Lil' Howie's Fun House: Tuneland
1995Lil' Howie's Fun House: The Great Word Adventuresongs: Opening Song; Goin' to the Attic; You're Gonna Be Scared; You're Smart
1996Lil' Howie's Fun House: The Great Math Adventuresongs: Opening Song; You're Smart
Lil' Howie's Fun House: The Great Reading Adventuresongs: Opening Song; You're Smart
2002 Disney's Stitch: Experiment 626

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