The Land Before Time

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The Land Before Time
The Land Before Time theatrical poster.png
Genre: Drama
Directed By: Don Bluth
Produced By: Don Bluth
Gary Goldman
John Pomeroy
Written By: Judy Freudberg
Tony Geiss
Starring: Gabriel Damon
Candace Hutson
Judith Barsi
Will Ryan
Release Date: November 18, 1988
Runtime: 69 minutes
Country: United States
Box Office: $84.5 million
Sequel: The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure

The Land Before Time is a 1988 animated drama adventure film produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertaiment and Lucasfilm, released by Universal Studios, and directed by Don Bluth.


An orphaned brontosaurus dinosaur has to face many obstacles until he along with 4 other dinosaurs learn how to survive with the help of each other.

Why It Rocks

  1. Beautiful animation, even by 80s standards, and it still looks great to this day.
  2. Amazing and pretty original story.
  3. Great voice acting. Judy Barsi did a great job as Ducky, which (alongside Anne-Marie from another great Don Bluth movie) ended up being her last voice role.
  4. Memorable and likable characters, like the lovable Littlefoot, the adorable Ducky, the always-hungry stegosaurus Spike, and the hilarious Petrie.
  5. The scene where Littlefoot's mother died was really emotional and heartbreaking.
  6. Beautiful, and sometimes suspenseful, soundtrack by James Horner, who composed Titanic, Avatar, An American Tail, and Bicentennial Man.
  7. If We Hold On Together by Diana Ross was a great song.
  8. Ducky's catchphrase "Yep! Yep! Yep!" is adorable and cute.
  9. Sharptooth manages to actually be quite a terrifying antagonist.
  10. The ending was very heartwarming.
  11. The idea of the age of dinosaurs was really original and creative.
  12. The movie was so popular towards children of all ages that it spawned a popular franchise consisting of plenty of sequels, even if most of them are not as good as this one.

Bad Qualities

  1. Some scenes might be a bit too intense for a G-rated movie (like the tar pit scene).
  2. Cera can be an unlikable jerk at times. Her father is also a bit unlikable, due to being overprotective, and takes it too far in the third movie, though he becomes even more tolerable as the series progresses.
  3. While the sequels are enjoyable towards younger viewers, most of them are not really as good. and most of the voice actors from this film did not even return, and neither did the original crew. However, they are still entertaining for younger fans of the franchise. Frankly though, the movie has a notoriously unbelievable amount of sequels (thirteen to be precise).
  4. While he is hilarious and not bad, Petrie can be annoying and slightly obnoxious at some points.
  5. The film feels kind of short and somewhat rushed, as it's only 69 minutes long. This is because the pacing gets a little too quick, when compared to even its sequels.
  6. While Spike is a likable character, one thing is confusing about him: Why does he act like a more realistic dinosaur while the other dinosaurs act more like people?


On review aggregator, Rotten Tomatoes, the film earned a rating of 72%, and earned a 73/100 rating on Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable reviews ". The movie has also earned a rating of 7.4 out of 10 on the Internet Movie Database, based on 74,345 reviews. The critical consensus on Rotten Tomatoes states: "Beautifully animated and genuinely endearing, The Land Before Time is sure to please dino-obsessed tykes, even if it's a little too cutesy for older viewers."



Hiatt Grey

9 months ago
Score 1
I love this movie. And I also love all of the sequels till the tenth movie.


7 months ago
Score 1
This was the first film my mom got to see in theaters.


6 months ago
Score 1
Well good luck to the people who write the next 12 films page


6 months ago
Score 0
I wrote an article about the second film on the Awful Movies Wiki.

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