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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 <>

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The adventure that started it all! See more »


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Release Date:

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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Originally planned for release in fall, 1987. Production was delayed by a year due to the relocation of Sullivan Bluth Studios to Dublin, Ireland. See more »


Pachycephalosaurus is depicted as a ferocious carnivore. In reality, it was a herbivore, or an omnivore that ate insects and other small animals at best. It is never explicitly stated that they would eat Cera, they were merely threatening her. 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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A great story which has been bastardised with pointless sequels.
7 March 2002 | by (Sherwood Park, Canada) – See all my reviews

I remember first seeing this movie in the theatres!!!! I loved it and I have had it on video for quite some time now. I am older and realise how good this movie is and what it truly means! It's such ashame when great movies like these get destroyed by pointless, stupid sequels which are so childish. This movie has it all! A tale about dinosaurs, friendship, love & family, adventure, hope, and a tale about life itself. You may not physically cry but your heart will.

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