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The Land Before Time (1988)

An orphaned brontosaurus teams up with other young dinosaurs in order to reunite with their families in a valley.

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Ducky (voice)
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Littlefoot (voice)
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Cera (voice) (as Candy Hutson)
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Petrie (voice)
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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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Budget:

$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,526,025, 20 November 1988

Gross USA:

$48,092,846

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,460,846
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There is also a deleted scene where the group finds an oasis, but the two groups of dinosaurs already there get discriminatory and say that only Ducky can drink. These elements still appear in the children's book released with the film. See more »

Goofs

The wound of Littlefoot's mother changes location, from her back to her neck. The sharptooth she fought clearly bit her back instead of her neck. 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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Epic, just epic
17 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

One of my favorite childhood movies. I remember how much this movie made me happy as a kid, brings me very happy memories. I remember as if it was yesterday how happy I'd get whenever they aired this on television every Christmas on RTP Madeira (our TV channel). I never failed to watch it whenever they aired it.

It is a marvel. I'm not a big fan of Don Bluth's cinema, but this one is a masterpiece. Classic and timeless. Without a doubt, it's the best thing this guy ever did.

'The Land Before Time' is epic, solid, touching, delightful and very artistic. The artwork is wonderful and super colorful. The story is great. Animation is terrific. The movie has immense charm, it's one of the most perfect movies ever made, done with heart and soul. Will go down in history not only as one of the greatest animated masterpieces but also as one of the all time greats in general. No question about that.

The 5 main characters are enjoyable, even with their different personalities. Ducky is the cutest, most innocent and most endearing, plus she's got a really adorable voice (Judith Barsi's cute voice) which is in perfect harmony with her innocence. Cera is very stubborn and has got a short temper, but it's her strong personality what makes her another favorite. Therefore, for different reasons, Ducky and Cera are my two favorites.

In conclusion, it's a generally innocent little movie, being only a little dark in a few scenes with Sharptooth, the vicious and giant dinosaur (couldn't be other than a T-Rex). Aside Sharptooth, the dinosaurs are portrayed as generally friendly and adorable creatures, being the exact opposite of 'Jurassic Park' on that matter.

Title in Portugal: 'Em Busca do Vale Encantado'.


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