The plan nearly fails when the Sharptooth begins attacking the boulder while the group attempts to push it onto him. It was followed by 13 direct-to-video musicalsequels, a TV series, video games, soundtracks, and related merchandising. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing," calling it "meticulously crafted" but was also "mildly disappoint[ed]" that the dialog wasn't as sophisticated. If you're a collector, definitely pick this up. Much of the cut footage consisted of the Tyrannosaurus attack sequence and sequences of the five young dinosaurs in grave danger and distress. "[26] Hal Hinson of The Washington Post wrote that "Still, though it's not a great film, it is an entertaining and, at times, emotionally rich one. Produced by the American companies Amblin Entertainment and Lucasfilm, and the American-Irish Sullivan Bluth Ltd., it features dinosaurs living in the prehistoric times. [41] A widescreen Blu-ray version was available for the first time on October 13, 2015, which included digital HD and UltraViolet copies,[42] which was accompanied by a new widescreen DVD release on the same day. A television series based on the films began airing on YTV in Canada on January 5, 2007. Among these, a mother in a diminished "longneck" herd gives birth to a single baby, named Littlefoot. [28] In her review for the Sun-Sentinel, Candice Russel similarly remarked, "The Land Before Time works by evoking the simple virtues of this art aimed at children, as it was in the beginning when Disney animated Mickey Mouse. [34], The Land Before Time was released on VHS on September 14, 1989, November 22, 1991 as well as LaserDisc in regular pan and scan[35] and "Special Collector's Edition" CAV-play editions by Universal Pictures in North America and internationally, and CIC Video in the UK. [38], The film was released on DVD for the first time on April 30, 1997,[39] and re-released on December 2, 2003, as the "Anniversary Edition" for the movie's 15th anniversary, which included games and sing-along songs. [22], Critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert gave the film "two thumbs up" on a 1988 episode of their television program At the Movies. In the original film, a group of dinosaurs leave their disasters-stricken home lands for the Great Valley, a place of promise and opportunity. Games for the PlayStation include The Land Before Time: Big Water Adventure, a spin-off of Journey to Big Water, The Land Before Time: Great Valley Racing Adventure and The Land Before Time: Return to the Great Valley. The series began in 1988 with the eponymous The Land Before Time, directed and produced by Don Bluth and executive produced by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. During production of An American Tail, talk began of the next feature with Bluth and executive producer Steven Spielberg. Confused and in grief, Littlefoot meets an old "clubtail" named Rooter, who consoles him. The three persuaded An American Tail writers Judy Freudberg and Tony Geiss to write the screenplay for the film. Candy Huston as Cera 4. [citation needed] The VHS version was made available once more on February 20, 1996, under the Universal Family Features label,[37] and was later packaged with following three films in the series as part of the Land Before Time Collection on December 4, 2001. The Land Before Time Synopsis. POV shots of Sharptooth's snapping jaws were deleted, and shots were rearranged to shorten the sequence. [20], The Land Before Time holds a 70% "fresh" approval rating from review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes from 33 critics, with the consensus: "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. Species: Sharptooth Gender: Male Bio: Chomper was originally saved by Littlefoot and the rest of the gang when he was just an egg. The series began in 1988 with the eponymous The Land Before Time, directed and produced by Don Bluth and executive produced by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Years later, Littlefoot encounters Cera, a "three-horn"[5], until her father intervenes and tells her that three-horns don't play with longnecks, whereupon Littlefoot's mother describes other kinds of dinosaurs, who only associate with their own species. He is then joined by the others. Directed by Don Bluth. It is the inaugural film in the Land Before Time franchise. The Land Before Time is an animated television series, based on the Land Before Time film series created by Judy Freudberg and Tony Geiss. The film was released by Universal Pictures on November 18, 1988, to generally positive reviews from critics and was a box office success, grossing $84.4 million. An expanded version of the soundtrack album was released by the Intrada label on October 27, 2020. [12][13] Some screams were re-voiced using milder exclamations. [23] In his own review for the Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert gave the film three out of four stars, writing "I guess I sort of liked the film, although I wonder why it couldn't have spent more time on natural history and the sense of discovery, and less time on tragedy. "[32], The film opened at number 1 in the United States and Canada during its opening weekend with a gross of $7.5 million. Throughout all films, they embark upon adventures, learning lessons about life and friendship along the way. But the Stu Krieger screenplay contains violence that might be hard on the younger ones, [...] and a never-let-up cuteness that can turn minds of all ages to mush. It is not long, however, until she gives in to her guilt, being that her stubbornness put others in danger for her own selfish desires. The sequels have generally been met with mixed reception with several fans of the original disregarding the sequels, while others have embraced the sequels into the canon of the story. Four young dinosaurs become separated from their parents, and band together in a perilous journey to find them. Littlefoot, alone, follows a cloud resembling his mother, which guides him to the Great Valley. Don Bluth, the man behind ‘The Land Before Time’ and ‘Anastasia,’ talks faith, leaving Disney and the art of animation. The PC games are usually educational games aimed for preschool and kindergarten. "[27], Many reviewers compared The Land Before Time to films from Disney's Golden Age. Bluth and Spielberg wanted to do a film similar to Bambi, but with only dinosaurs. … "[25] Los Angeles Times writer Sheila Benson also stated that the movie's enjoyment was limited to younger viewers, remarking "do dinosaurs really lend themselves to ootsie-cutesiness? For the first film in the series, see, The Land Before Time: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers, The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends, https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_land_before_time_xi_invasion_of_the_tinysauruses, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Land_Before_Time&oldid=998047719, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 3 January 2021, at 15:21. The Land Before Time is the best film produced by Don Bluth under the guise of Amblin Entertainment Studios, in which he really came into his own. An orphaned brontosaurus teams up with other young dinosaurs in … It originally aired on May 4, 2007. A warm animated adventure from the creators of An American Tail. Kids love dinosaurs. She escapes and bumps into Littlefoot, Ducky, and Petrie; she tells them that the Sharptooth is alive and pursuing them, but Littlefoot does not believe her. This article is about the media franchise. The Land Before Time opened on November 18, 1988, the same day as the Disney film, Oliver & Company. "[31] Kehr gave the movie three-and-a-half out of four stars, calling it "as handsome and honest an animated feature as any produced since Walt Disney's death; it may even be the best. The Land Before Time Critics Consensus. [30] David Kehr from the Chicago Tribune similarly felt that the film's title "also refers to the Disney past, but it goes for all the marbles. After finding the Great Valley, they raise a carnivorous baby who they name Chomper, survive a drought, a cold snap, encounter aliens, and witness a solar eclipse. The Land Before Time works by evoking the simple virtues of this art aimed at children, as it was in the beginning when Disney animated Mickey Mouse. The Land Before Time; now here's a classic tale you shouldn't pass up. "[29] A review from the Motion Picture Guide 1989 Annual notes that the film "has been called a sort of prehistoric Bambi". Spielberg told Bluth while looking at the scenes from the film, "It's too scary. Because of this, he’s friends with them and helped them to avoid his parents in LBT 5: The Mysterious Island. The Land Before Time III: The Time of Great Giving (VHS, 1995, Clamshell) $6.95. The Land Before Time is a franchise of Universal Studios animated films centered on dinosaurs. for the same reason they have always felt an emotional identification with movie creatures like Godzilla and Frankenstein's monster. Steven Rea of the Philadelphia Inquirer said that the movie "looks and sounds as if it came out of the Disney Studios of the '40s or '50s. Searching for remaining growth, they discover a single leaf-bearing tree, and obtain food by stacking up atop each other and pulling it down. Games for the Game Boy Color and Advance include The Land Before Time and The Land Before Time: Into the Mysterious Beyond, in which the original six characters must search for Chomper. An earthquake swallows up the Sharptooth and divides Littlefoot and Cera and other dinosaurs from their herds while some die in the process, including Littlefoot's mother, who gives her son some words of advice about finding the Great Valley before she dies that night. Neither the sequels nor the series involve the participation of Bluth, Lucas, or Spielberg. [10] Pizza Hut also ran its partnership with the film's VHS release in Australia. I think. The film stars the voices of Gabriel Damon, Candace Hutson, Judith Barsi and Will Ryan with narration provided by Pat Hingle. which cannot manufacture brontosauruses and tyrannosaurus rexes fast enough to meet the demand. It looked great then and looks even better now. The Land Before Time is a series of animated films centered on dinosaurs. The group then rejoins at the top of a hill and embrace each other in a hug. Alongthe way, the prehistoric pals overcome manychallenges and learn the value of teamworkand friendship. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for The Land Before Time - Prehistoric Animals 2004 PC 3 CD-Rom Set w/ 2 Card Games at the best … Cera gets ambushed by a pack of "domeheads" who are also living in the Mountains that Burn; the rest of the group pose as a tar monster, scaring away the domeheads and frightening Cera. That night, as Littlefoot follows a "hopper", he encounters Cera again, and they play together briefly until a large "Sharptooth" attacks them. A baby dinosaur called Littlefoot makes a perilous journey to a fertile valley. The series has spawned 14 spin-off games, eight for PC, one for the Game Boy Color, two for the Game Boy Advance and three for the original PlayStation. The film explores issues of prejudice between the different species and the hardships they endure in their journey as they are guided by the spirit of Littlefoot's mother and forced to deal with a "Sharptooth" (Tyrannosaurus rex). From shop BowesCo. George Lucas was also one of the executive producers. However, Cera, finally having a big change of heart, reunites with the group and headbutts the boulder, causing the Sharptooth to fall into the water below with the boulder falling on him in the process. [9] Bluth, Spielberg and Lucas originally wanted the film to have no dialogue, like The Rite of Spring sequence in Fantasia, but the idea was abandoned in favor of using voice actors in order to make it appealing to children. It was directed by Charles Grosvenor and Hayao Miyazaki and written by Stu Krieger.It was produced by Universal Animation Studios,Amblin Entertainment, and Studio Ghibli, and released by Universal Pictures & 20th Century Fox. Examples can be seen in the storyboards of the chase sequence in the briar patch. Seeking the Great Valley, they discover a cluster of trees, which is abruptly depleted by a herd of Longnecks. I fondly remember this one when it first released on VHS in 1989, now updated in beautiful high-def widescreen. On his journey, he meets four young companions: Cera the "Threehorn" (Triceratops), Ducky the "Bigmouth" (Saurolophus), Petrie the "Flyer" (Pteranodon), and Spike the "Spiketail" (Stegosaurus). Attached to the film, Universal and Amblin issued Brad Bird's Family Dog short from their television anthology Amazing Stories. [2], The Land Before Time was nominated for "Best Family Animation or Fantasy Motion Picture" at the 10th annual Youth in Film Awards, losing out to Tim Burton's Beetlejuice. The Land Before Time, presented bySteven Spielberg and George Lucas,introduces us to Littlefoot, Cera, Spike,Ducky and Petrie–following them on theirfirst journey together–an exciting quest tofind the lush, legendary Great Valley. Gabriel Damon as Littlefoot 2. George Lucas was also brought in on the project. Bluth recently shared his … [40] The Anniversary Edition was later included with An American Tail and Balto as a three-movie pack in November 2007. An early working title for the film was The Land Before Time Began. The Land Before Time (occasionally known as The Land Before Time I) is a 1988 animated adventure drama film directed and produced by Don Bluth and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, and Frank Marshall. It was followed by a total of thirteen direct-to-video musical sequels and a TV series. Will Ryan as Petrie 3. 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