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The Land before Time

  • Drama
  • Children's
  • 1988
  • Don Bluth
  • 65 mins
  • U

Summary

Animated adventure. During the age of the dinosaurs, climate changes cause the depletion of food supplies. The plant-eaters must journey to the Great Valley, a fabled land of plenty, but their trek will be full of danger.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

If your little dinosaur lovers are still a bit young for Jurassic Park, then this charming cartoon should have them in raptures. Directed by Don Bluth, it's essentially a prehistoric reworking of his own An American Tail, with a displaced young apatosaurus called Littlefoot and his four dino-tot companions setting out across a strange and dangerous land in search of their families. Their adventures are pretty hair-raising as they encounter not only deadly predators, but also all manner of environmental hazards. Youngsters will love the adorable critters, while adults can admire the eerie landscape of a past age.

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Credits

Cast

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NarratorFred Gwynne
LittlefootGabriel Damon
Littlefoot's motherHelen Shaver
GrandfatherBill Erwin
CeraCandice Houston
RooterPat Hingle
Daddy ToppsBurke Barnes
DuckyJudith Barsi
PetrieWill Ryan

Crew

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DirectorDon Bluth

Details

Theatrical distributor
U.I.P. (UK)
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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