The Land Before Time (1988)



Critic Consensus: Beautifully animated and genuinely endearing, The Land Before Time is sure to please dino-obsessed tykes, even if it's a little too cutesy for older viewers.

Movie Info

A group of orphaned dinosaurs, led by young brontosaurus Littlefoot, set out on a journey to the legendary Great Valley in this animated children's adventure. The group of ancient beasts face countless challenges along the way, including vicious predators and harsh nature.

Rating: G
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock, Stu Krieger
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 30, 1997
MCA Universal Home Video


as Narrator, Rooter

as Littlefoot

as Petrie

as Littlefoot's Mother

as Grandfather

as Daddy Topps
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Critic Reviews for The Land Before Time

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (8)

It looks and sounds as if it came out of the Disney Studios of the '40s or '50s. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing -- that's as much a compliment (in terms of the quality of animation) as it is a criticism.

Full Review… | June 8, 2015
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The Land Before Time is as handsome and honest an animated feature as any produced since Walt Disney`s death; it may even be the best.

Full Review… | June 8, 2015
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Do dinosaurs really lend themselves to ootsie-cutesiness?

Full Review… | June 8, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

For the most part, pic is about as engaging as what's found on Saturday morning TV.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

After An American Tale, Bluth surely had the clout to make a more adventurous animated feature than this ...

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Most of ''The Land Before Time'' is so authentically geared to the thinking of children that it should charm adults as well.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Land Before Time


this movie was very good when i was little but it also scared me quite a bit, and the movie was pretty depressing, Don Bluth you are the man

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

A moving and unforgettable film, The Land Before Time is a great entertainment to all family and to remember the childhood. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

I've always enjoye dthis movie, its a cool and fun movie for kids and is the start of a big franchise that was one of my favorites as a kid, a good movie.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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