The Land Before Time (1988)
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Animation producer Don Bluth's fondness for overly cutesy characters and muddy color compositions work to the benefit of his feature-length cartoon The Land Before Time. Littlefoot, a brontosaurus child, must fend for himself when his mother is killed (shades of Bambi). With several other orphaned dinosaurs, Littlefoot seeks out the fabled Great Valley, where food and shelter is plentiful. Along the way, the kiddie dinos learn several vital (and politically correct) life lessons, all the while
Nov 18, 1988 Wide
Apr 30, 1997
MCA Universal Home Video
After An American Tale, Bluth surely had the clout to make a more adventurous animated feature than this ...
Most of ''The Land Before Time'' is so authentically geared to the thinking of children that it should charm adults as well.
There is nothing about either the story or its execution to place "The Land Before Time" alongside the classics, but then again, the age of animated masterpieces may be forever past.
I guess I sort of liked the film, although I wonder why it couldn't have spent more time on natural history and the sense of discovery, and less time on tragedy.
A very good animated film, but nothe where near intriguing enough to inspire copious sequels.
Audience Reviews for The Land Before Time
- Littlefoot: Mother, what's a long neck?
- Littlefoot's Mother: Well, that's what we are, Dear.
- Littlefoot: Why can't I play with that three-horn? We were having fun.
- Littlefoot's Mother: Well, we all stick to our own kinds. The three-horns, the spike-tails, the swimmers, the flyers... we never do anything together.
- Littlefoot: Why?
- Littlefoot's Mother: Because we're different. It's always been that way.
- Littlefoot: Well, why?
- Littlefoot's Mother: Oh, don't worry so much. When we reach the Great Valley, there'll be many many long necks for you to play with.
- Littlefoot: [sighs] I wish we were there now.
- Littlefoot's Mother: Well, it's a long way yet. Past the Great Rock that Looks Like a Long Neck, and pass the Mountains that Burn... still a long way, but we'll get there.
- Littlefoot: Have you ever seen the Great Valley?
- Littlefoot's Mother: No.
- Littlefoot: Well, how do you know it's really there?
- Littlefoot's Mother: Some things you see with your eyes, others you see with your heart.
- Littlefoot: I don't understand, Mother.
- Littlefoot's Mother: You will, my son. You will.
- Narrator: The Great Valley was all they'd dreamed it would be: a land of green, and leaves, and life. Littlefoot found his grandmother and grandfather at last. The same loving faces he looked into on the day of his birth. And they all grew up together in the valley, generation upon generation, each passing on to the next. The tale of their ancestor's journey to the valley long ago.
- Narrator: One herd had only a single baby, their last hope for the future. And they called him Littlefoot. .All that remained of his herd was his mother, grandmother and his grandfather. He knew them by sight, by scent, and by their love. He knew they would be together, always.
- Petrie: I smell... *sniff* I smell... *sniff* Hm... Ducky.
- Ducky: Flap your wings, Petrie! Higher! Higher, like a flyer!
- Ducky: Yep yep yep!
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