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Land Before Time

The Land Before Time

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Director: Don Bluth

Cast: Don Bluth, Gabriel Damon, Candy Hutson, Judith Barsi

     
 

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Animation producer Don Bluth's fondness for overly cutesy characters and muddy color compositions work to the benefit of his feature-length cartoon The Land Before Time. Littlefoot, a brontosaurus child, must fend for himself when his mother is killed (shades of Bambi). With several other orphaned dinosaurs, Littlefoot seeks out the fabled Great Valley,

Overview

Animation producer Don Bluth's fondness for overly cutesy characters and muddy color compositions work to the benefit of his feature-length cartoon The Land Before Time. Littlefoot, a brontosaurus child, must fend for himself when his mother is killed (shades of Bambi). With several other orphaned dinosaurs, Littlefoot seeks out the fabled Great Valley, where food and shelter is plentiful. Along the way, the kiddie dinos learn several vital (and politically correct) life lessons, all the while keeping themselves scarce whenever the fierce tyrannosauri gallumph into view. The cuteness of the characters (emphasized by the voice work) takes some of the harsh edges off the story, which makes the film eminently suitable for younger children; and the smeary color design is ideal for the time-frame of the film, which is set in the turbulent, nature-run-rampant period just before the dinosaurs died out. Apparently they didn't all die, inasmuch as a Land Before Time sequel was released on video in 1994. The earlier film inspired a 1988 Saturday morning cartoon series produced by Ruby-Spears, Dink: The Little Dinosaur.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Don Bluth's The Land Before Time became a surprisingly marketable brand name for a film well short of classic status, inspiring over a half-dozen cut-rate sequels and spin-offs that are best suited as babysitting videos for preschoolers. In this first outing, the only one in which Bluth was involved, the creator of The Secret of N.I.M.H. and An American Tail again proves that the animation techniques he learned at Disney don't need Disney's army of screenwriters to make good entertainment. Because it was released years before Jurassic Park or Disney's CGI film Dinosaur, which borrows plot elements from Land, Bluth's film provides fresh-enough images of this dark and volcanic landscape to seem groundbreaking. By making the characters preciously cute and vocally infantile, Bluth softens this cruelly Darwinian moment in history without having to cheer up his production design, keeping an unambiguous "G" rating in the process. The teasingly short running time -- the movie struggles to crack the hour mark -- should also keep the youngest children from squirming. Although Littlefoot and his buddies aren't particularly memorable, they do register enough to keep the viewers concerned during moments of peril, which are as involving as they need to be. The sophisticated visuals and the huggable young dinos are enough to make The Land Before Time a fond favorite, even if it does scrimp a little in the wit department. No less than George Lucas and Steven Spielberg served as executive producers on the film.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/13/2015
UPC:
0025192315688
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
G
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:09:00
Sales rank:
7,455

Special Features

Sing-along songs from your favorite The Land Before Time adventures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gabriel Damon Littlefoot
Candy Hutson Cera
Judith Barsi Ducky
Will Ryan Petrie
Bill Erwin Grandfather
Helen Shaver Littlefoot's Mother
Pat Hingle Narrator,Rooter
Burke Barnes Daddy Topps
Fred Gwynne Voice Only

Technical Credits
Don Bluth Director,Producer,Production Designer
Judith Barsi Producer
Russell Boland Asst. Director
John K. Carr Editor
Judith Freudberg Original Story
Judy Fruedberg Original Story
Tony Geiss Original Story
Gary Goldman Producer
James Horner Score Composer,Songwriter
Will Jennings Songwriter
Kathleen Kennedy Executive Producer
Stu Krieger Screenwriter
Dan Kuenster Animator
D.A. Lanpher Special Effects
George Lucas Executive Producer
Brent Maddock Screenwriter
Frank Marshall Executive Producer
Nancy Mayor Casting
Linda Miller Animator
Dan Molina Editor
Deborah Jelin Newmyer Associate Producer
John Pomeroy Animator,Producer
Lorna Pomeroy Animator
Roy Smith Producer
Roy Smith Producer
Steven Spielberg Executive Producer
David Steinberg Asst. Director
S.S. Wilson Screenwriter
Dick Zondag Animator
Ralph Zondag Animator

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Land Before Time
1. Main Titles: In The Time Of The Dinosaurs [5:05]
2. Littlefoot [5:11]
3. Three-Horns Never Play With Longnecks [2:36]
4. Sharptooth! [3:17]
5. The Earthshake [2:02]
6. On His Own [8:58]
7. Ducky [2:10]
8. Petrie [:53]
9. Cera And The Sharptooth [:30]
10. Spike [5:01]
11. Going After Green Food [1:33]
12. The Sharptooth Returns [8:11]
13. Troubles On The Way [1:19]
14. The Wrong Way [3:20]
15. Five Against Sharptooth [4:16]
16. The Great Valley [3:48]

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