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The Land Before Time (1988)

An orphaned brontosaurus teams up with other young dinosaurs in order to reunite with their families in a valley.

Director:

Don Bluth

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Stu Krieger (screenplay), Judy Freudberg (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Judith Barsi ... Ducky (voice)
Pat Hingle ... Narrator / Rooter (voice)
Gabriel Damon ... Littlefoot (voice)
Helen Shaver ... Littlefoot's Mother (voice)
Bill Erwin ... Grandfather (voice)
Burke Byrnes ... Daddy Topps (voice)
Candace Hutson ... Cera (voice) (as Candy Hutson)
Will Ryan ... Petrie (voice)
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Storyline

An orphaned brontosaurus named Littlefoot sets off in search of the legendary Great Valley. A land of lush vegetation where the dinosaurs can thrive and live in peace. Along the way he meets four other young dinosaurs, each one a different species, and they encounter several obstacles as they learn to work together in order to survive. Written by Scott Lane <rslane@ix.netcom.com>

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It is the dawn of time, the land of the dinosaur. Lost and alone, Littlefoot and his friends are about to embark on the journey of a lifetime. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Land Before Time Began See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,526,025, 20 November 1988

Gross USA:

$48,092,846

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,460,846
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In his book "The Art Of Animation," Don Bluth admitted that the film's massive financial success can partially be attributed to the 19-minute cut-out. See more »

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Petrie and all other Pteranodons are portrayed as herbivores, while it has been proven that Pteranodons ate fish instead. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: 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...
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If We Hold On Together
Music and Words by James Horner and Will Jennings
Produced by Peter Asher
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A great film for any age
26 June 1999 | by KittyKat-8See all my reviews

As many Disney fans may know, there are two(maybe more, I'm not sure)animated movies that came out in 1988, and they are:Oliver and Company and Land Before Time. Oliver and Company was a big flop, I've heard. Land Before Time is a lot better. My point is, just because a Disney movie and a non-Disney movie come out around the same time, it doesn't mean the Disney movie will necessarily be better. We found that out with LBT. Most of the sequels sucked, but the first one will always be a classic. About the only sequels I recommend are the 2nd one, the 4th one and the sing-along. Those are the only ones I personally liked.(Well, I haven't seen the 6th one, so if it's good or not you'll just have to find out yourself.) Well, I love The Land Before Time, and I love Littlefoot. He'll always be my favorite character. Well, I guess I've talked too long. Thanks.


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