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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.

Director:

Don Bluth

Writers:

Stu Krieger (screenplay), Judy Freudberg (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Judith Barsi ... Ducky (voice)
Pat Hingle ... Narrator / Rooter (voice)
Gabriel Damon ... Littlefoot (voice)
Helen Shaver ... Littlefoot's Mother (voice)
Bill Erwin ... Grandfather (voice)
Burke Byrnes ... Daddy Topps (voice)
Candace Hutson ... Cera (voice) (as Candy Hutson)
Will Ryan ... Petrie (voice)
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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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The adventure that started it all! See more »


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G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Land Before Time Began See more »

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Box Office

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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Goofs

Sharptooth's right eye is meant to be blinded by Littlefoot during their first encounter in the thorns. But you can clearly see Sharptooth with his eye closed as he looks for Littlefoot and Cera before it is injured. See more »

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[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
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My favorite movie for a very long time.
26 January 2001 | by La GremlinSee all my reviews

Now, having been such a raging fan of this movie when I was a kid (I still like it as an adult, just not nearly as much), I don't really know if I've got the right to write a review of it.

About the only thing I have to say, really, is that there's more personality in that one little Pterodactyl who offers Littlefoot his cherry than in the entire cast of "Disney's Dinosaur".

Other than that, I only have to offer up the following bit of trivia that fellow "L.B.T." fans should go nuts over. It turns out that shortly before "Land Before Time" was officially released, about one million dollars worth of footage was cut from the film. Think about that the next time you watch it. You'll notice things like how suddenly we cut from Sharptooth and Littlefoot's mom's battle to the earthquake sequence. If Universal *really* loved us (ahem, Money To Be Made here), they'd give us a director's cut or something. Just a thought.


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