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September 25, 2018 2:02 am

Rewind Review: The Land Before Time (1988)


By G+ Author: Joe Brandeis.

Film Forecaster rating: 3.5/5 reels.


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Genres: Animation, Adventure, Drama
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA): G

When I was a little kid, my go-to movie was The Land Before Time. I grew up on Disney movies and cartoons, but this movie has a soft spot in my heart. By the time Jurassic Park was released, all my parents heard was: “I want to dig up dinosaur bones when I grow up!”.

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The Land Before Time is a 1988 American animated adventure film directed and co-produced by Don Bluth(at Sullivan Bluth Studios), and executive produced by Steven SpielbergGeorge LucasKathleen Kennedy, and Frank Marshall.

Originally released by Universal Pictures and Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, it features anthropomorphic dinosaurs living in the prehistoric times. The plot concerns a young Apatosaurus named Littlefoot who is orphaned when his mother is killed by a Tyrannosaurus. Littlefoot flees famine and upheaval to search for the Great Valley, an area spared from devastation. On his journey, he meets four young companions: Cera, a Triceratops; Ducky, a Saurolophus; Petrie, a Pteranodon; and Spike, a Stegosaurus.


Not only was this animation fun and flared with science and history, the dinosaur character and and mostly the background environments were beautiful. It’s an emotional and touching story, following young dinosaurs separated from herds that are migrating to find an “oasis” during famine and earthly depression. It is a children’s movie of morals, striking down discrimination  and evolving friendship, and I still love watching it to this day! One of my favorite things about the movie is the internal naming for species: “flyers”, “swimmers”, “three-horned”, “spiketails” and “sharptooth”!

The narrator is wonderful, and begins..

Once upon this same earth, beneath this same sun, long before you, before the ape and the elephant, as well; before the wolf, the bison, the whale, before the mammoth and the mastodon, in the time of the dinosaurs. Now the dinosaurs were of two kinds. Some had flat teeth, and ate the leaves of trees, and some had sharp teeth for eating meat, and they preyed upon the leaf-eaters. Then it happened that the trees began to die. The mighty beasts who appeared to rule the earth, were, in truth, ruled by the leaf. Desperate for food, some of the dinosaur herds struck out to the west, in search of the Great Valley, a land still lush and green. It was a journey toward life.



I smell.. I smell.. Ducky!


Check out the trailer here:

Joe Brandeis

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