The Land Before Time

The Land Before Time

By Don Bluth - 1h08 - 1988 (United States)
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The Land Before Time
Audience 5+

Synopsis

Littlefoot, a baby diplodocus, is suddenly separated from a family after an earthquake ravages his country. Now alone in this hostile world, the young dinosaur has to grow up and face the harshness of life. To survive, he decides to head to the Great Valley, a heavenly place where all the dinosaurs who survived the disaster seek shelter. But his lonely journey is strewn with obstacles. During his voyage, Littlefoot meets new friends: Spike, Cera, Ducky and Petrie, four young dinosaurs who help him overcome a variety of prehistoric hazards!

Benshi's review
Benshi's review

Thirty-one years ago, the American illustrator and animator Don Bluth created an irresistible baby dinosaur who went on to become, a few years later, one of the best loved characters of a whole generation: Littlefoot. The Land Before Time is the first feature film in a series of fourteen animated films whose main hero is an adventurous young brachiosaurus. This imaginary tale set in an era before history began recounts the story of Littlefoot, a baby dinosaur who is orphaned when his mother is killed by a tyrannasaurus and an earthquake devastates his country, Left to his own devices, he must learn to live. So the young hero sets off for a paradise valley where water flows freely and food is bountiful. But, most importantly, this idyllic-looking place is where he might find the rest of his family. On his way he meets Cera the "Threehorn", Ducky the "Bigmouth", Petrie the "Flyer" and Spike the "Spiketail". With these four young dinosaurs he will share a dangerous and unforgettable adventure. But the biggest peril on the voyage is the encounter with Sharptooh, a gigantic tyrannasaurus who is ready to eat them one by one. For more than an hour, Littlefoot and his new pals must overcome obstacles by defying nature and the cruelty of the enemy. Through this young hero's adventures, the film treats viewers to a lovely lesson in friendship, courage, mutual support and, above all, tolerance and the willingness to open oneself to others. This prehistoric trek into the unknown will introduce young viewers to the mysterious era from the past in which dinosaurs ruled the world. Young viewers can familiarise themselves with many varieties of these big reptiles whom they like so much! But it is also an opportunity to admire the many colourful and inventive sets in this marvellous animated feature film. A magnificent coming-of-age quest for the young hero in the story and for budding film buffs ...

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Top reasons to watch this film !

  • 1 A unique and unusual adventure set in prehistory
  • 2 Funny and endearing characters hungry for adventure
  • 3 A charming lesson about friendship and solidarity

Who is it aimed at ?

From age 5. The Land Before Time is an animated feature film that is suitable for children from the age of 5 and for budding film buffs of any age. A nice story full of adventures aimed at the whole family!

Themes and topics

Animals Family Nature Loneliness Travel Solidarity
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