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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.


  • Judith Barsi
  • Pat Hingle
  • Gabriel Damon
  • Helen Shaver
  • Bill Erwin
  • Burke Byrnes
  • Candace Hutson
  • Will Ryan
  • Joe Ranft
  • Diana Ross

Did You Know?


  • The role of Ducky was Judith Barsi's favorite of her own film roles.
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  • Littlefoot's, Cera's, and Spike's eye colors change from their normal colors throughout various scenes during the movie, then back again to their original colors at least once each.
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    • Ducky: Petrie, do not feel sad. It is alright. Many things cannot fly. Rocks, trees, sticks, Spike...
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It is, in the best Disney tradition, a story of childhood's end, of leaving the family and accepting adult responsibilities. Bluth relates it through a smooth counterpoint of humor, sadness and horror.

Metacritic review by Dave Kehr
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

From its opening evolution sequence of squiggly things in the water through its references to the great circle of life, The Land Before Time embraces a larger perspective than merely that of the adventure story. It's an affecting work, and a work of quality. [18 Nov 1988, p.29]

Metacritic review by Jay Carr
Jay Carr
Boston Globe

I guess I sort of liked the film. although I wonder why it couldn't have spent more time on natural history and the sense of discovery.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times