Tuesday, May 11, 2010

An Endless Legacy

The Land Before Time, a classic animated family film, is one of Don Bluth's most well known films in animation history. The story is basically Bambi set on prehistoric Earth. In the film, five young dinosaurs, Littlefoot, Cera, Petrie, Ducky and Spike, go on a journey to find the Great Valley.

In 1994, Universal Studios started a production line of direct-to-video sequels to this film.

The second Land Before Time movie introduces a baby t-rex named Chomper. The story focuses on bringing Chomper back to his parents while avoiding two egg nappers who are similar to the main characters in the cartoon, Pinky and the Brain.

The third film of the series involves a crisis when there is a water shortage in the Great Valley. Three teenage bullies named Hyp, Nod and Mutt are new characters introduced in this film.

Sequel after sequel, each became duller and less creative than the previous one. Unlike the original, all of the sequels have musical numbers; however, the music is less catchy and is sung like a bad version of High School Musical. Annoying, huh?

Source of image from: ioffer.com

The total number of sequels so far is twelve. There was also a TV spin-off of the movie that aired for just a short while in 2007.

None of these movies were directed by Don Bluth. Unlike the original, the sequels lack excitement and are made to be too kid-friendly.

Don Bluth had a very different way he wanted to end his original movie. The idea was that the Great Valley would actually be heaven for the dinosaurs when they became extinct. This meant that Littlefoot and his friends were supposed to die while searching the wastelands. This idea was dropped because it was too extreme for a G rated movie. The Land Before Time legacy would never have existed had the studio followed Bluth's original ending.

By the time the world comes to an end, there will probably be a Land Before Time 1,158 to hit stores!

All other images belong to Land Before Time Wiki.

The Land Before Time belongs to Don Bluth and Universal Studios.

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