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The Land Before Time [1988] (1 disc)

Director:Don Bluth
Writer:Stu Krieger
Composer:James Horner
Length:69 minutes
(1 hour 9 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Kids
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IMDB Rating:7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:73%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Five orphan dinosaurs travel the ruins of their world, while grieving the loss of their families and banding together to face the odds of survival.

Reaction: Great film. A bit short, but it doesn't exactly suffer for it.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Don Bluth => Director
Stu Krieger => Writer
James Horner => Composer
George Lucas => Executive Producer
Steven Spielberg => Executive Producer
Bill Erwin => Grandfather (voice)
Burke Byrnes => Daddy Topps (voice)
Candace Hutson => Cera (voice)
Diana Ross => The Balladeer (voice) (uncredited)
Gabriel Damon => Littlefoot (voice)
Helen Shaver => Littlefoot's Mother (voice)
Judith Barsi => Ducky (voice)
Pat Hingle => Rooter (voice) / Narrator
Will Ryan => Petrie (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The film was originally going to be 10 minutes longer. However, the extra footage was lost and never recovered. Because they were deemed as too frightening or could even cause psychological damage to young children, about 19 scenes, mostly pertaining to the Tyrannosaurus Rex, and the five characters in mild peril or distress was cut or trimmed. Don Bluth was unhappy with the cuts, and fought to keep the footage, but felt like he had to do so, making this film only 69 minutes, one of his shortest.
  • During development, Cera started out as a male triceratops called 'Bambo'. It was George Lucas's idea to make Cera a girl triceratops.
  • The film's narrator also performed the voice for Rooter. This may have been to underscore the fact that both characters were very wise and insightful.
  • The film's theme song, {If We Hold on Together}, was sung by Diana Ross and became a huge hit in Japan. It did so well there that it became a karaoke standard.
  • This remains the only [Land Before Time] film not to be a musical.
  • As of 2012, an astounding 12 sequels have been made, as well as eight games, two sing-a-long videos, and a TV series.
  • Different dinosaur species reflected in the five main characters: Littlefoot is an Apatosaurus; Cera is a Triceratops; Spike is a a Stegosaurus; Petrie is a Pteranodon; and Ducky is Parasaurolophus.
  • Steven Spielberg and George Lucas originally wanted the film to have no dialog, like the {Rite of Spring} sequence in Fantasia. But, to make the film appealing to children, they abandoned this idea, and got actors and actresses to do the voices.
  • The role of Ducky was Judith Barsi's favorite of her own film roles. Sadly, she was murdered by her father four months before the film's release. Judith was only ten years old.
  • 29 species of animals were featured in this film. 5 of them were already extinct by the time the movie was set.