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The Land Before Time Details

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Animation producer Don Bluth's fondness for overly cutesy characters and muddy color compositions work to the benefit of his feature-length cartoon The Land Before Time. Littlefoot, a brontosaurus child, must fend for himself when his mother is killed (shades of Bambi). With several other orphaned dinosaurs, Littlefoot seeks out the fabled Great Valley, where food and shelter is plentiful. Along the way, the kiddie dinos learn several vital (and politically correct) life lessons, all the while keeping themselves scarce whenever the fierce tyrannosauri gallumph into view. The cuteness of the characters (emphasized by the voice work) takes some of the harsh edges off the story, which makes the film eminently suitable for younger children; and the smeary color design is ideal for the time-frame of the film, which is set in the turbulent, nature-run-rampant period just before the dinosaurs died out. Apparently they didn't all die, inasmuch as a Land Before Time sequel was released on video in 1994. The earlier film inspired a 1988 Saturday morning cartoon series produced by Ruby-Spears, Dink: The Little Dinosaur. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:November 18, 1988

Cast

Gabriel Damon
as Littlefoot
Candy Hutson
as Cera
Judith Barsi
as Ducky
Will Ryan
as Petrie
Bill Erwin
as Grandfather
Helen Shaver
as Littlefoot's Mother
Pat Hingle
as Narrator
Pat Hingle
as Rooter
Burke Barnes
as Daddy Topps
Fred Gwynne

Crew

Don Bluth
Director
Don Bluth
Producer
Judith Barsi
Producer
John Pomeroy
Producer
Gary Goldman
Producer
Roy Smith
Producer
Brent Maddock
Screenwriter
Tony Geiss
Screen Story
S.S. Wilson
Screenwriter
Stu Krieger
Screenwriter
James Horner
Composer (Music Score)
Will Jennings
Songwriter
John K. Carr
Editor
Dan Molina
Editor
Don Bluth
Production Designer
Deborah Jelin Newmyer
Associate Producer
Kathleen Kennedy
Executive Producer
George Lucas
Executive Producer
Frank Marshall
Executive Producer
Steven Spielberg
Executive Producer
David Steinberg
First Assistant Director
Russell Boland
First Assistant Director
Dan Kuenster
Animator
Linda Miller
Animator
Lorna Pomeroy
Animator
Ralph Zondag
Animator
Dick Zondag
Animator
John Pomeroy
Animator
John Pomeroy
Animation Director
Dick Zondag
Animation Director
Ralph Zondag
Animation Director
Lorna Pomeroy
Animation Director
Linda Miller
Animation Director
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