Land Before Time

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Who would have known that when the first movie of Land Before Time appeared it would turn into a never ending series. There has been a movie made based on these adorable animated dinosaurs almost every year since 1988 and it’s still going strong (number 14 is supposed to be released sometime this year). With so many sequels, it has become a huge joke, especially to those in Generation Y. How could they possibly come up with so many story lines? After awhile the titles aren’t even that good; although the same them of size doesn’t matter prevails.

The Series

The Land Before Time (1988)

The original in which Littlefoot is orphaned and goes in search of “The Great Valley.” Along the way he meets some friends, escapes danger, and triumphs despite size.

The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure (1994)

None of the original cast and crew returned for the making of this film except for the voice of Cera. Now that the children dinos are safe in the great valley, they have to find new ways to get into trouble so they cause a landslide and hatch a “sharptooth.”

The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving (1995)

A rock blocks the water source and causes a lack of water that leads to a lot of conflict among the residents of the Great Valley. Unfortunately, lightning strikes and completely burns up the dry valley. After being chased by sharptooths, the main characters are able to break the “dam” and restore peace.

The Land Before Time IV: Journey through the Mists (1996)

Migrating Long Necks come to the Great Valley and Littlefoot gets a girlfriend. Littlefoot’s grandpa gets sick and the only way to heal him is with the Golden Nightflower, which is in the scary Land of the Mists. Littlefoot sneaks off with his friends to go and find it and brings the flower back just in time.

The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island (1997)

All the plants are eaten by “leaf gobblers” so there is nothing left in the Great Valley to eat. Everyone leaves to find a place with food, and the main characters wander off, eventually finding an island in the ocean. They are trapped there, but after some adventures that include their old friend Chomper (the sharptooth from the second episode) they meet Elsie who takes them back to shore.

The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock (1998)

After hearing a tale of “The Lone Dinosaur” and meeting Doc who seems to be him, the twins Dinah and Dana go to Saurus rock. The gang goes after them to try and find them before anyone gets hurt. In the rescue process, Saurus Rock breaks and suddenly bad things start happening as the story always predicted. They eventually fix the monolith and everyone lives happily after.

The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire (2000)

A mysterious flying rock causes a hubbub in the Great Valley. A sketchy scheme to go find this rock (which supposedly has magical powers) emerges and goes awry. Lessons are learned but no one dies, although the master mind of the plot is kicked out of the Valley for 5 years.

The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze (2001)

The dinosaur families get trapped in the valley by an ice storm. One family of “spiketail” dinosaurs volunteers to leave since they usually eat more food than the others. Mr. Thicknose and the children then go off to bring Spike back.

The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water (2002)

Littlefoot becomes friends with Mo the mischievous Ophthalmosaurus who has been separated from his pod by heavy rains to the “new water.” Littlefoot and friends then try to help get Mo back home to the “big water” while developing brotherly love.

The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration (2003)

The Longnecks migrate to a giant crater in order to save the sun which had been done once long ago. Littlefoot meets his father, but after saving the world from a “solar eclipse,” Littlefoot decides to return back to the valley without him.

The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses (2004)

Littlefoot accidentally knocks all of the prized treesweets down before “nibbling day” and the Tinysauruses come and eat them all! Littlefoot blames everything on them, and the other dinosaurs begin a search to drive the Tinysauruses out. Littlefoot befriends them, however, and learns they aren’t so bad, which eventually forces him to tell the truth. In the end the Tinysauruses become heroes.

The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers (2006)

Petrie is trying to get ready for “The Day of the Flyers”, Littlefoot is trying to help a new friend, Guido, figure out exactly what kind of animal he is, and Cera is jealous of a her dad’s new mate and hatchling. The gang ends up going on a perilous adventure into the “mysterious beyond.”

The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends (2007)

Littlefoot, Cera, Spike, Petrie and Ducky find two goofy new friends who have gotten lost on there way to Berry Valley. The little dinosaurs help them find their way and exchange life lessons along the journey.

The Land Before Time XIV (2009)

To Be Continued…

The Characters

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Littlefoot

One of the three characters to appear in every movie, he has been voiced by eight different actors! He is a a lovable Brontosaurus who easily makes friends.

Cera

Is most easily recognized for her bossy and proud demeanor, but also has her friendly side. She is a Triceratops with a mean tempered father.

Ducky

Another one of the three to appear in all the movies, she has only had three people to voice her. Ducky is a Parasaurolophus, which is a dinosaur known for swimming. She’s cute, outgoing, positive, and best known for frequently saying “Yep, yep, yep” and “Nope, nope, nope.”

Spike

A Stegosaurus raised by Ducky after being separated from his parents at birth, he always reminded me of a dog. He was super laid back and hardly ever talked.

Petrie

He is the other one of three to appear in all of the movies and has only been voiced by two people. Petrie is a nervous and timid Pteranodon with poor grammar usage used originally for comic relief.

What about you?

Who was your favorite character? How many of them have you seen? Did you ever watch the TV Show?

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6 Responsesto “Land Before Time”

  1. Jacob says:

    I cannot wait I really hope it gets to XX and there is so many story lines i watched the TV Series and i saw Chomper but he couldnt get off the island cause the land bridge was destroyed.I think it will be about Ruby and Chomper coming to the great valley but i got a good one The Land Before Time XIV:The Grand Meteor Grandpa Longneck tells the kids about each 4 years a meteor hits the Great Valley and everyone knows where the cave is so Littlefoot and the Gang set out to the Mysterious Beyond (Once Again) and try to find every dinosaur and tell them to go to the Great Valley

    I Hope Its Good
    pl reply and tell if it is a good story

  2. Mary says:

    I think you’ve hit on a great story line — sounds exactly like something the little dinos would do!

  3. HorseRider says:

    I would have to say Mr.Thicknose because he
    taught me and te little dinos he knows from
    his adventures. I love the way he sings and
    some people thought he sounded young.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Its an awesommmmmmmmm movie the characters are very cute and please continue making the wonderful series

  5. I hope that “The Land Before Time XIV” will be in business, I’d like to see what happens to Littlefoot and his friends…. especially Ruby, the pink oviraptor.

    Speaking of which I have written a LBT story called “Journey to a New World” a cybernetic friend of mine helped me and we worked together to complete it….
    Short summery:
    “Two twin brothers create a time travel device that accidentally brings a certain little longneck into the 21st Century. Now Littlefoot has to find a way back home!”

  6. Matthew Gregus says:

    Hate to tell you people, but there isn’t gonna be any more land before time films or tv episodes. Universal AnimationStudios closed sometime in 2008 and there hasn’t been any work on the series since then. I know I feel sad too, the franchise was and hopefully is such a big hit, but I’m afraid that u less some other studio starts working on it, then like the dinosaurs that star in the LBT series, the franchise itself faces extinction.

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