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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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Storyline

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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$12,300,000 (estimated)

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$48,092,846 (USA)
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The movie refers to animals and/or nature in charming and/or poetic names. These include "green food" for leaves, "The Bright Circle" for the sun, "The Mountains that Burn" for volcanoes, "sharp-tooth" for tyrannosaurs, "tree stars" for particularly beautiful leaves, "flyer" for pterodactyls, "long necks" for brontosauruses, "three-horns" for triceratops, "spike tail" for stegosauri, "The Great Earth Shake" for earthquake, "hopper" for frogs, "big mouth" for whichever species Ducky was, "The Great Valley" for a beautiful valley, and "The Great Circle of life" for life itself. See more »

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Littlefoot's mouth doesn't move when he says "Cera, you're back!" while he and Spike are pushing the boulder onto Sharptooth. See more »

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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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One of the best animated films.
1 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

A group of young dinosaurs in a world which is nearing the end of the reign of the mighty reptiles set out to find a legendary valley which is still lush and green.

This is one of the best animation films ever made, as it is moving and entertaining. Not only is it a story of friendship, courage and love, but it also demonstrates childhood friendships which are 'not allowed' due to classism or racism - "Three-horns never play with Longnecks". 'Land Before Time', with its tribe of various dinosaurs plus a pterodactyl, is a story about putting aside so-called 'differences' and striving together in 'united we stand, divided we fall' fashion in order to leave the unlovely wilderness and find a land of freedom and equality (in this case the Great Valley).

An excellent and unmissable adventure which will appeal to anybody of any age.

The sequels sadly did away with the grittyness of this first film and instead turned to TV cartoonishness and pointless songs, but most of them (the boring Part 4 aside) are still very enjoyable. But in the tradition of most series of films, the original is the best.


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