The Land Before Time (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Land Before Time (1988)



Critic Consensus: Beautifully animated and genuinely endearing, The Land Before Time is sure to please dino-obsessed tykes, even if it's a little too cutesy for older viewers.

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From Steven Spielberg and George Lucas comes the animated classic that started a global phenomenon. Go back in time with Littlefoot, Cera, Spike, Ducky and Petrie - a group of very different young dinosaurs who find themselves thrown together when the world around them quickly changes. With one common dream of making it to the lush, legendary Great Valley, they quickly learn that they'll need to overcome differences and trust each other in order to survive. Fun, heartfelt and full of unforgettable characters, it's an adventure the whole family will love to watch again and again.

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Gabriel Damon
as Littlefoot
Pat Hingle
as Narrator/Rooter
Helen Shaver
as Littlefoot's Mother
Will Ryan
as Petrie
Bill Erwin
as Grandfather
Burke Barnes
as Daddy Topps
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Critic Reviews for The Land Before Time

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (10)

The animation is fine. But the Stu Krieger screenplay contains violence that might be hard on the younger ones, preachiness that's hell on adults and a never-let-up cuteness that can turn minds of all ages to mush.

June 8, 2015

Sharp animation and powerful visualisation of scale will enthrall a young audience but the clumsy cub-scout moralising feels, well, extinct.

June 8, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It looks and sounds as if it came out of the Disney Studios of the '40s or '50s. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing -- that's as much a compliment (in terms of the quality of animation) as it is a criticism.

June 8, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The Land Before Time is as handsome and honest an animated feature as any produced since Walt Disney`s death; it may even be the best.

June 8, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4

Do dinosaurs really lend themselves to ootsie-cutesiness?

June 8, 2015 | Full Review…

For the most part, pic is about as engaging as what's found on Saturday morning TV.

July 6, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Land Before Time

this movie was very good when i was little but it also scared me quite a bit, and the movie was pretty depressing, Don Bluth you are the man

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

A moving and unforgettable film, The Land Before Time is a great entertainment to all family and to remember the childhood. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

I've always enjoye dthis movie, its a cool and fun movie for kids and is the start of a big franchise that was one of my favorites as a kid, a good movie.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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