THE LAND BEFORE TIME (1988 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì

The Land Before Time—innocent and loving—becomes a classic children’s film from the get-go. Despite a few flat spots in storyline, the movie is ‘pretty’. It’s pleasing, one of the better children’s films of 1988.

Storyline

The story is about a young Brontosaurus named Littlefoot (voice of Gabriel Damon). Littlefoot meets a young female Triceratops named Cera (voice of Candice Hutson) who, very confident of her abilities, begins to play with Littlefoot. Her father, Daddy Tops (voice of Burke Byrnes), is not happy with his daughter playing with another dinosaur species and interrupts the playing. Littlefoot cannot understand why dinosaurs can’t be friends among species, but Littlefoot’s mother (voice of Helen Shaver) tells him that every species keeps to their own class and that’s the best way. But, later, Littlefoot, when following a grasshopper, encounters Cera trying to catch frogs in a pond. Littlefoot joins in the fun, but is suddenly interrupted by a Tyrannosaurus Rex named Sharptooth (voice of Frank Welker). The two young dinosaurs run for their lives. Littlefoot’s mother tries to fight Sharptooth, but is severely injured. There is an earthquake that sends Sharptooth down to the bottom of a gorge. Littlefoot’s mother gives him instructions to go to the Great Valley for protection, food, and safety. She dies. The rest of the movie is about the young dinosaurs’ adventures as they journey to the Great Valley.

Additional Thanks

Really Good Work for Director Don Bluth. Thank you to Executive Producers George Lucas and Steven Spielberg for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Ducky (voice of Judith Barsi), Narrator/Rooter (voice of Pat Hingle), Grandfather (voice of Bill Erwin), Petrie (Will Ryan), Balladeer (voice of Diana Ross), and Spike/Domeheads Gang (voice of Frank Welker).


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The film is more than a good choice for children.

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