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The Land Before Time (Anniversary Edition) (Bilingual)
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This dazzling Anniversary Edition of The Land Before Time, presented by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, introduces us to Littlefoot, Cera, Spike, Ducky and Petrie, and follows them on their first journey together - an exciting quest to find the lush, legendary Great Valley. Along the way, the prehistoric pals overcome many challenges and learn the value of teamwork and friendship. This delightful classic is the adventure that started it all, and it continues to capture the hearts of viewers young and old.
This 1988 animated feature from Don Bluth (An American Tail) focuses on an orphaned young dinosaur, Littlefoot, who has to make his way to the paradise of the Great Valley in order to survive a plague. Along the way, he meets up with some other dinos from different species, and they all bond and travel together. On the way, they have plenty of adventures. Even with elements of suspense, this is a pretty relaxed movie that isn't in a particular hurry to roll out its story. Kids will like the originality of the concept, and the themes of friendship and cooperation are well woven into the fabric of the entertainment, plus the music is great. Bluth's artwork looks good, though--as always--he never seems to quite catch up with the quality of the Disney machine. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I am interested in dinosaurs, I've even seen this movie so many times.
And I consider Littlefoot, Cera, Spike, Ducky, Petrie, and even Rooter as my friends.
This movie is the best.
Also the kind of dinosaur Ducky, her parents, her brothers and sisters are called the Saurolophus.
And the kind of pterosaur Petrie, his mother, his bothers and sisters are called the pteranodons since they have certian crests on the back of their heads.
Of course, I think the moment every one remembers is the beginning when Little Foot loses his mother. Its a painful scene that still brings tears to my eyes, and the scene later where Little Foot thinks his big shadow against a rock is his mother is a sad addition, especially when he licks it and realizes what it is. Few other animated features have touched me so deeply for a character like that: even as a dinosaur they characterize love, depression, and hope into each of the characters, especially Little Foot. He essentially has to mature after the loss of his mother and lead his new friends, who haven't gone through such trauma, to the Great Valley with mean ol' Sharptooth at his heels. Sharptooth is kind of like the tank in "The Beast" in the sense that he's an enemy with one option but to kill, with no personality or voice actor to clue him in. He's just a killing machine - and that's probably what makes him so frightening.
I must also add there is some wonderful music in this picture, and fits in well with each of the individual scenes. Overall, I think this was a wonderful animated film and proved animation, even with child-like appeal, could discuss serious topics such as death and destruction. Overall, its really a milestone for American animation.
the only downsides to the movie are the HORRID sequels (which are about 1000 times brighter and generally stupid, as well as more obviously geared towards the "message and morals" shtick) and the fact that for years my sister (three years younger) thought that names like "long neck" and "spike tail" were the offical scientific names. i was old and smart and found that annoying. but its still a great old throwback, and hasnt aged much at all.
Part of that is thanks to this film and its sequels. This Spielberg-produced animated film introduces us to the characters, a mixed bag of young vegetarian dinos and their search for "The Great Valley," a place where "sharptooth" dinosaurs won't hunt them; a place where vegetation for their kind is plentiful.
The whole series is certainly recommended, due to its quality and its execution. Children can certainly identify with the varied personalities of the friends; the curious Littlefoot, the headstrong Cera, the timid Ducky, the less eloquent Petrie, and the mellow but large Spike. The films teach the value of friendship, accepting each other's differences, working together, and respecting your elders while still testing what they have to say.
All of that is a difficult tightrope to walk, and those in charge do it consistently well throughout the series. A new edition is apparently issued near the beginning of each Christmas season (imagine that) so if your little one is approaching preschool age you should let them view this one to see if it's a series they'll enjoy.....and if it's one you'll approve of as much as we do at our house. There are some fairly intense scenes in each film, but only the most fearful little ones will have a problem with them.
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My 3 year old loves this as much as we did as kids. A good blu ray to add to the collection.Published 5 days ago by Kevin Kwas
Great classic movie of course, but I was hoping for a little better quality with a blu-ray release.Published 29 days ago by Neil M.
The original movie, just how I remember it (minus realizations about how sad the tale is) but remastered.Published 1 month ago by A. Mintz
Love the movie but picture quality leaves a bit to be desired (not the sellers fault). Hope the rest are released on bluray in the future.Published 2 months ago by Will
One of my favourite childhood movies! They did a great job with the restoration. Some areas are much better looking than other shots.Published 2 months ago by Nate6273
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