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The Land Before Time (1988)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Family  |  18 November 1988 (USA)
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An orphaned brontosaurus teams up with other young dinosaurs in order to reunite with their families in a valley.



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Complete credited cast:
Ducky (voice)
Narrator / Rooter (voice)
Littlefoot (voice)
Grandfather (voice)
Daddy Topps (voice)
Candace Hutson ...
Cera (voice)
Petrie (voice)


An orphaned brontosaurus named Littlefoot sets off in search of the legendary Great Valley. A land of lush vegetation where the dinosaurs can thrive and live in peace. Along the way he meets four other young dinosaurs, each one a different species, and they encounter several obstacles as they learn to work together in order to survive. Written by Scott Lane <rslane@ix.netcom.com>

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18 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Em Busca do Vale Encantado  »

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$12,300,000 (estimated)


$48,092,846 (USA)

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1.33 : 1
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Steven Spielberg and George Lucas originally wanted the film to have no dialog, like the Rite of Spring sequence in Fantasia (1940). But to make the film appealing to children, they abandoned this idea, and got actors and actresses to do the voices. See more »


When Littlefoot and the gang run away from Sharptooth after their sleep, Petrie is on top of Littlefoot's head. After the rest of the gang run into the crevice, we see Littlefoot being chased, and Petrie is not on his head. When Littlefoot does enter the crevice, Petrie is back on Littlefoot's head, but when Sharptooth breaks the crevice Petrie is not seen rolling down the hill with the gang. After Sharptooth is seen with its muzzle stuck in the now bigger crevice, Petrie reappears, but in the next shot, both Petrie and Ducky are gone. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Once upon this same earth, beneath this same sun, long before you, before the ape and the elephant, as well; before the wolf, the bison, the whale, before the mammoth and the mastodon, in the time of the dinosaurs. Now the dinosaurs were of two kinds. Some had flat teeth, and ate the leaves of trees, and some had sharp teeth for eating meat, and they preyed upon the leaf-eaters. Then it happened that the trees began to die. The mighty beasts who appeared to rule the earth, were, in...
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If We Hold On Together
Music and Words by James Horner and Will Jennings
Produced by Peter Asher
Performed by Diana Ross
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Another timeless piece of that good old Don Bluth magic
29 August 2002 | by (Manchester England) – See all my reviews

What do you get when you cross a bunch of dinosurs and Don Bluth?? Answer: this memorable classic!!!

My mum bought me this film when I was 5 or 6 years and I loved it. 13 years on and my mind hasnt changed. I was watching it this morning and there was still that Bluth magic.

In case you dont know, the film is about 5 dinosaurs- a "long neck", a "three horn", a "big mouth", a "flyer" and a "spike tail". Theyre travelling to the Great Valley whilst trying to fight off Sharp tooth.

What makes this film a classic is the way things are named. Its educational to kids on dinosaurs and is done in a childish way. Its brilliant!!!! There are lessons to be learn with friendships.

The sequels dont match up to it but what do you expect?? They werent done by Bluth!!!!

Bluth may not have done as many animation as Disney but each of his films have shown something that Disney cannot do.

Definelty one to own and keep on watching until the end of time!!!!

Helen xxxxx

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