Brian Levant

Brian Michael Levant (born August 6, 1952) is an American television and film director, writer and producer.[1]

Brian Levant
Born (1952-08-06) August 6, 1952
OccupationFilm director
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Alison Logan
Children3

Levant was born in Highland Park, Illinois. He started his career in 1977 as a writer for the TV series The Jeffersons. He also wrote for, among other TV shows, Mork & Mindy, Still the Beaver, and Happy Days.

He is best known for directing the films Beethoven,[1] The Flintstones, Jingle All the Way, Snow Dogs and Are We There Yet?.[1]

Levant's work is generally disliked by film critics[2], with his highest rated film on Rotten Tomatoes being Little Giants at 36% and his lowest rated film being Problem Child 2 at 7%[3]. In response to the criticism, Levant responded, "I'm making movies for the audience that I was when I was sitting at home watching Garfield Goose and The Three Stooges on WGN...To read those reviews is an act of self-flagellation, but reviews be damned when you're at Blockbuster, and you're seeing family after family grab one of your movies off the shelf off a Friday night. I can't tell you how many times I've seen that."[2]

Filmography

Film

Year Film Director Producer Writer Other Notes
1983 Still the Beaver
Y
Y
Production consultant; Television movie
1991 Problem Child 2
Y
1992 Beethoven
Y
1994 The Flintstones
Y
Little Giants
Y
Director: additional football sequences
1995 The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space
Y
Y
Executive producer; television movie
Problem Child 3: Junior in Love
Y
1996 Jingle All the Way
Y
1997 Leave It to Beaver
Y
2000 The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas
Y
2002 Snow Dogs
Y
2005 Are We There Yet?
Y
2008 Beethoven's Big Break
Y
Direct-to-video
2009 Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins
Y
Y
Television movie
2010 The Spy Next Door
Y
Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster
Y
Y
Television movie
2012 A Christmas Story 2
Y
Y
Direct-to-video
2014 Sophia Grace & Rosie's Royal Adventure
Y
Y
2016 The Game of Love
Y
Y
Executive producer; television movie
2017 Max 2: White House Hero[4]
Y

Television

References

  1. "Brain Levant". The New York Times. October 11, 2019.
  2. Liebenson, Donald (January 15, 2010). "https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-2010-01-15-1001140572-story.html". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 30, 2019. External link in |title= (help)
  3. "https://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/brian_levant". Rotten Tomatoes. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 30, 2019. External link in |title= (help)
  4. "Max 2: White House Hero, the Hooligan Squad and Status Update Start Filming". June 16, 2016.
  5. http://pupjai.com/actor/Brian-Levant


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