The Land Before Time

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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.

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Littlefoot (Gabriel Damon), a young plant-eating dinosaur, is orphaned after his mother (Helen Shaver) perishes while protecting him from a vicious carnivore. With her last breath, she tells him how to get to the legendary Great Valley, where he will be reunited with others of his kind. With his friend Cera (Candace Hutson), Littlefoot sets out for the fabled land, meeting a variety of new friends along the way -- while also being tracked by the killer dinosaur that mortally wounded his mother.

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Critic Reviews for The Land Before Time

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Audience Reviews for The Land Before Time

  • Jul 26, 2020
    Maybe it's just nostalgia that makes me love The Land Before Time, but I'm pretty sure the beautiful scenery at least does hold up. And that theme music, oh my God, right in the chest... That might be nostalgia again...
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2015
    It's been near enough thirty tears since I saw this movie in the cinema with my mum and grandma. It is still beautifully animated, full of charm but also, THAT moment, is still as sad as ever. Loved it.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2012
    From producers Steven Spielberg and George Lucas comes the beloved family film The Land Before Time. The story follows a group of young dinosaurs that are separated from their herds, and must band together in order find them again. The animation is pretty good, as are the character designs. Additionally, the voice work is excellent; fitting each character especially well. And, the score by James Horner is also exceptional, enhancing the moods and tones of the film. The Land Before Time is a wonderfully enjoyable animated film that's fun for all ages.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 08, 2012
    This film I remember so much when I was a kid, and not one scene has left my mind it resonates as one of the greatest animated films ever made. Its dark at times but endures courage, friendship, hope and survival just to reach the one place we can call home. Fitting for all kids and adults alike, it also happns to be linked to one of my favourite names in the buisness ;)
    Luke E Super Reviewer

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