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.


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From Steven Spielberg and George Lucas comes the animated classic that started a global phenomenon. Go back in time with Littlefoot, Cera, Spike, Ducky and Petrie - a group of very different young dinosaurs who find themselves thrown together when the world around them quickly changes. With one common dream of making it to the lush, legendary Great Valley, they quickly learn that they'll need to overcome differences and trust each other in order to survive. Fun, heartfelt and full of unforgettable characters, it's an adventure the whole family will love to watch again and again.

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Critic Reviews for The Land Before Time

All Critics (31) | 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.

Jun 8, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 8, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Do dinosaurs really lend themselves to ootsie-cutesiness?

Jun 8, 2015 | Full Review…

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

Jul 6, 2010 | Full Review…
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After An American Tale, Bluth surely had the clout to make a more adventurous animated feature than this ...

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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Most of ''The Land Before Time'' is so authentically geared to the thinking of children that it should charm adults as well.

Aug 30, 2004

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 Edwards
Michael Edwards

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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

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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
Jim Careter

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A timeless child's tale that teaches intolerance, despite Sharptooth's constant loom of doom that can actually make a thriller for some kids. The desaturated color pallet and lack of exaggeration in it's animation is what makes this movie pale in comparison to the wondrous magic of Disney productions. It might not have "worked" for TLBT but Bluth rectifys this problem in other films that carry the amount of maturity/sophistication justifying these would-be problems.

Drake Tsui
Drake Tsui

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