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The Land Before Time Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 4+

Baby dinosaur buddy flick that started the series.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the youngest viewers may be disturbed seeing the childlike dinosaurs torn from their parents by an earthquake and pursued by a Tyrannosaurus rex. Littlefoot's mother fights the T-rex, is badly injured, and dies. Littlefoot finds his grandparents in the end, though, and his friends are reunited with their families, too.

  • Families can talk about dinosaurs. When did they live? What happened to tthem?
  • Follow up these amazing facts with a trip to the natural history museum.
  • Which dinosaur is your favorite? Why?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Although he's told that dinosaurs stick with their own kind, Littlefoot is a friend to everyone. Each kind of dinosaur has unique abilities that help the group survive.

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    Role models: The baby pterodactyl Petrie finds flying too difficult, but with courage finally achieves it. Stubborn Cera thinks she doesn't need any help from anyone else, but sees that she does need her friends and they need her, too.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: An aggressive "sharptooth" (Tyrannosaurus Rex) kills Littlefoot's mother and chases the young dinosaurs until they drown it. A massive earthquake rips through the ground and separates families.

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    Sexy stuff: Not applicable

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    Language: Not applicable

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable