The Land Before Time

Synopsis: An orphaned brontosaurus named Littlefoot sets off in search of the legendary Great Valley. A land of lush vegetation where the dinosaurs can thrive and live in peace. Along the way he meets four other young dinosaurs, each one a different species, and they encounter several obstacles as they learn to work together in order to survive.
Director(s): Don Bluth
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
69 min

Once upon this same earth,

beneath this same sun,

long before you...

before the ape

and the elephant as well,

before the wolf,

the bison, the whale,

before the mammoth

and the mastodon

in the time

of the dinosaurs.

Come on!


were of two kinds--

Some had flat teeth

and ate the leaves of trees.

Some had sharp teeth

for eating meat.

They preyed upon

the leaf-eaters.

Then leaves began to die.

The mighty beasts,

who appeared to rule earth,

were ruled, in truth,

by the leaf.

Desperate for food,

some dinosaur herds

struck out toward the west,

some dinosaur herds

struck out toward the west,

searching for

their Great Valley,

a land still lush and green.

lt was a journey toward life.

lt was a march of many dangers.

Sharpteeth stalked the herds,

waiting to seize

any who strayed.

The leaf-eaters stopped only

to hatch their young.



Ha ha ha!

Ha ha ha. Mama.










Ha ha ha.


Some of the young

seemed born without fear.





even hatching could be dangerous.

One herd had only a single baby,

their last hope for the future.

Ha ha ha.

And they called him...


Here l am.


Ha ha ha.

Don't be frightened.

Come out.



Ha ha ha.

All that remained

of his herd

was his mother,

grandmother and his grandfather.

He knew them by sight,

by scent and by their love.

He knew they would

be together always.

Now, you be careful,

my Littlefoot.


Heh heh heh.


Beautiful Littlefoot.

Mother, is this

all there is to eat?

l'm sorry, my dear.

The land has been changing.

That is why we must walk

as far as we can each day

until we reach the Great Valley.

Littlefoot, quickly, come here.

Look, up there.

A tree star.

lt is very special.


A tree star.

lt is very special.

lt'll help you grow strong.

Where we are going,

there are so many

of these leaves.

Come along.

Ha ha ha.

The valley is filled

with green food,

more than you could ever eat

and more cool water

than you could ever drink.

lt's a wonderful,

beautiful place,

where we'll live happily

with many more of our own kind.

When will we arrive?

The bright circle

must pass over many times.

We must follow it

to where it touches the ground.

Have you ever seen

the Great Valley?


Well, how do you know

it's really there?

Some things you see

with your eyes,

others you see

with your heart.

l don't understand, Mother.

You will, my son.

You will.



don't you wander too far.


Ha ha ha!

What are you laughing at?







Come, Cera.

Three-horns never play

with long-necks.




Three-horns never play

with long-necks.

A long-neck?


Mother, what's a long-neck?

Why, that's what we are, dear.

Oh. Well, why can't l play

with that three-horn?

We were having fun.

We all keep to our own kind--

The three-horns, the spiketails,

the swimmers, the fliers.

We never do anything together.


Well, because we're different.

lt's always been that way.

Well, why?

Oh, don't worry so much.

When we reach the Great Valley,

there will be many long-necks

for you to play with.

l wish we were there now.

lt's a long way--

Past the rock that

looks like a long-neck,

the mountains that burn.

Still a long way,

but we'll get there.




Hey, hopper, come back!



You again?

Go away!

That's my hopper.

l--l saw him first.

Well, he's in my pond.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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