The Land Before Time

Film, Animation
5 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
After An American Tale, Bluth surely had the clout to make a more adventurous animated feature than this, with its anthropomorphic espousal of American nuclear family values and its static, unimaginatively rendered backgrounds. You'd have thought, too, that a film about dinosaurs could have been mildly educational: giving the species' proper names for instance, rather than just 'Three-horns' or 'Longnecks', or - since the plot concerns a group of youngsters learning to travel together to find the Great Valley, where they'll all be saved from extinction - bringing in at least one of the theories about why the food chain became broken. Still, it has its moments: an earthquake scene is genuinely scary, the tension between the two would-be leaders should strike a chord with any kid who's ever wanted to be accepted by a gang, and some of the voices are well, if irritatingly done.

By: DW

Release details

69 mins

Cast and crew

Don Bluth
Stu Krieger
Gabriel Damon
Helen Shaver
Pat Hingle
Bill Erwin
Candice Huston

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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What's next, Damon "Wise"?  You're going to shame every movie in history because their human protagonists don't reference each other as "homo sapiens" instead of the fantastically-negative stereotypes that are typically used in cinema?  Please explain how "Long-neck" or "three-horns" is anti-educational, racist, or any more arbitrary than their scientific names?  Maybe the point of the movie was never meant at all to educate anyone about dinosaurs or their declared scientific names, let alone the method of their extinction (shocker for some people, I guess).  You're supposed to be a movie critic who can find the moral compass in any fiction and yet you don't seem to grasp the basic concepts of drama, human emotion, and art itself.  The only other thing you managed to focus on was the colorful watercolor backgrounds: for their lack detail.  Jesus christ, kiddo- that is not where you're supposed to be looking for detail in a movie like this.  Close your laptop while you're in Starbucks and grats on completing sophomore year.