The Land Before Time

November 18th, 1988


The Land Before Time

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Five orphan dinosaurs travel the ruins of their world, while grieving the loss of their families and banding together to face the odds of survival.

Release Year: 1988

Rating: 7.1/10 (25,270 voted)

Director: Don Bluth

Stars: Pat Hingle, Gabriel Damon, Judith Barsi

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 onea different species, and they encounter several obstacles as they learn to worktogether in order to survive.

Writers: Stu Krieger, Judy Freudberg

Judith Barsi - Ducky (voice)
Pat Hingle - Narrator / Rooter (voice)
Gabriel Damon - Littlefoot (voice)
Helen Shaver - Littlefoot's Mother (voice)
Bill Erwin - Grandfather (voice)
Burke Byrnes - Daddy Topps (voice)
Candace Hutson - Cera (voice)
Will Ryan - Petrie (voice)

Taglines: The adventure that started it all!


Official Website: Universal Studios |

Release Date: 18 November 1988

Box Office Details

Budget: $12,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: DEM 2,393,148 (West Germany) (28 June 1988) (243 Screens)

Gross: $81,972,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The film's narrator also performed the voice for Rooter. This may have been to underscore the fact that both characters were very wise and insightful.

Continuity: Sharptooth's right eye is meant to be blinded by Littlefoot during their first encounter in the thorns. But you can clearly see Sharptooth with his eye closed as he looks for Littlefoot and Cera before it is injured.

[first lines]
Narrator: Once upon this same earth, beneath this same sun, before you, before the ape and the elephant, before the wolf, the bison and the whale, before the mammoth and the mastodon, in the time of the dinosaurs. The dinosaurs were of two kinds. Some had flat teeth...

User Review

A great story which has been bastardised with pointless sequels.


I remember first seeing this movie in the theatres!!!! I loved it and I have had it on video for quite some time now. I am older and realise how good this movie is and what it truly means! It's such ashame when great movies like these get destroyed by pointless, stupid sequels which are so childish. This movie has it all! A tale about dinosaurs, friendship, love & family, adventure, hope, and a tale about life itself. You may not physically cry but your heart will.


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