19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2005
We own all the Land Before Time videos, and I was disappointed in this one. Although the tiny dinosaurs are cute (and so is Cera's dad's girlfriend), the characters are either mean-spirited, dumb or ineffectual. Littlefoot and Cera are shown to be spiteful, Cera's dad is a raging, lying bully and Grampa has regressed from being a wise elder to being a weak and ignored character. The plot: Littlefoot feels inadequate for being short so he tries to eat the tree blossoms that Cera's dad guards fiercely. The tiny dinos come and eat what Littlefoot knocks down, Littlefoot lies to protect himself and Cera's dad organizes a posse to hunt and kill the little ones. The songs include references to eliminating others, how bad dads are, and other choice themes I'd rather not sing aloud with my 5 year old son. This is by far the worst of the lot.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2005
I have to admit, I was a little disappointed on how the way this movie turned out. I expected a little more "flare and care" then this. Don't get me wrong, it's not a horrible film.....but it's not great either.
The plot is this:
Littlefoot discovers a new species of dinosaur known as the Tinysaurus. (Heh. Take a guess at how they thought up the name...) Though they may seem cute, these little longnecks are also hungry....and Great Valley foods are on the menu for them. Naturally, Cera's father leads a protest against them, and the grown-ups of the valley make it their job to get rid of the pests. Littlefoot however, sees a good side to these guys, as he accidently stumbles upon them one day and finds out how nice they really are.
On the other side of the valley, Cera is having problems of her own. Her dad has been paying more attention to his girlfriend then to her (Cera). This leads to some anger management problems, as you can probably figure out.
The songs? Umm.....they're ok..I guess. True, they don't teach very good "lessons", which stinks. However, they have a really good beat to them. I surprised even myself when I started dancing to the music....
In a nutshell, this movie is good...but not great. Yes, the main plot is to bash all fathers of their evil intentions, with a sub-plot stating that "a little lie can cause big problems". However, it's up to you to decide if the kids will like it or not. It's pumped enough air into the tires that little toddlers might enjoy it, but hasn't put enough flavor in the lollypop to enthusiasticate the older kids. Just my opinion. Enjoy the movie at any rate.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2005
After watching this movie, my 4 year started singing dads are dumb, dads are dumb- because that's all she could remember of the song. Sometimes pre-schoolers don't "get" the entire message of a song or movie. You may have to have a long discussion over the meaning of this movie, so be prepared!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2005
I watched this with my family, and I must say it was the worst adventure yet. The quote on the back says "The Best Adventure yet!" Frankly, I'm surprised that this movie got any praises, while the first one didn't. The movie has obviously been written with very young children in mind, since the plot shows almost no struggles, and the dinosaurs never leave the Great Valley. You know; this is the first adventure where Littlefoot and his friends see nothing of the Mysterious Beyond. And the Mysterious beyond is the only fascinating place in the LBT series. The sharpteeth are real cheap, and all of a sudden, enemy and enmey become instant best friends! HELP! The message is good, but the plot was cheap. It takes more than just a good message to make a good movie.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2004
Our daughter is 22 months old and absolutely LOVES this movie! We don't own any of the others in the series, but will be picking them up one at a time soon I'm sure. I didn't expect her to enjoy dinosaurs at her age (I thought she might even be afraid of them), but she has requested this movie every day since we first played it two weeks ago. She enjoys the songs and focuses on the action all the way through. One of her favorite parts is toward the end when a couple of meat-eating dinos show up and threaten the main characters. She sees the bad guys and exclaims "Teeth!" and cheers when they are eventually chased off. Hard to say how this movie will hold up as she gets older, but for now, it's definitely a favorite!
Trivia: It was an interesting surprise to find out that the grandfather in this film is voiced by Kenneth Mars, the Inspector from "Young Frankenstein". I kept waiting for him to shout "To the lumberyard!" Apparently, he's in most of the movies in this series.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2005
This movie has obviously been written for prescholars, since the villains are real cheap, and there's no excitement, and way too many songs. Still, pretty harsh for kids, since song lyrics include, "Everybody hates those little creepy crawlies," "Dads can be a problem," and "Stupid stompers!" The movie is pretty much way too smooth-flowing, with no real struggles. Littlefoot tells a lie, and puts the tiny ones in danger. We've all seen this before. Get this for an open-minded kid who knows that what they watch isn't always the truth. If you ask me, get this for a toddler, but no older.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2007
The movie has two basic plots to it: Littlefoot telling a little lie that ends up being a huge problem and cera having to learn to share her father with his old girlfriend. The time to eat a new sweet flower is upon the Great Valley and everyone is ready for a taste of the flowers. Littlefoot looking to sneak the first taste knocks down all the flowers off the tree where the Tinysauruses eat all the flowers. Instead of telling the truth, Littlefoot says the tinysauruses ate all the flowers (which they did...but wouldn't have if not for him knocking the flowers down) and leads to what some of the other reviewers complain about. All the adults get mad and forms groups to hunt down and chase off the innocent Tinysauruses. This does show what can happen in the real world when people are confronted with beings they don't understand. The one problem I did have with it was near the end when Cera's dad looked like he was so close to trampling the two main Tinysauruses. Thankfully everything works out in the end. Cera does find the strength to make an attempt to like her dad's girlfriend (which is good because she is a more permanent part of the crowd unlike the other friends that the gang meets each movie to only say goodbye...she is in movie twelve and the television series after all). At first, Cera gets too agressive about the name Tria calls Mr. Threehorn (Topsy) even going to the point of ramming Ducky up into a tree. I think that was a little too far because while Cera was always a stubborn one she never before would hurt any of her friends.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2004
The land before time movie's are great. My children 13 and 2 both love the movies, they have 1-10. They just can't wait for number 11 to come out especially my 13-year-old. You won't regret buying this, for first time buyers buy volume 1 see how they like it then 2,3,4 e.t.c . Trusts me you won't regret it if a 13-year-old will like it so will your child. Trusts me this movie will be awesome. try it you must by this ,you will only know if you like it if yu buy it, honestly.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2005
We just bought this movie today and it's one of the best Land Before Time Videos. I like how they introduce the beginning by saying that even the little things matter and then of course the movie goes on to show why even the littlest dinosaurs mean something. Very cute!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2005
This one was not horrible except for the new addition of Littlefoots voice. Another thing, Aria and Jeff need voice lessons Badly! Their reprise of "Creepy Crawlies" was horrible. The semi-plot wasn't the smartest thing to do but Tria has a pretty good singing voice. With the addition of Skitter, Lizzie, and Big Daddy made a cool impression, "Girls and Dads" was the only impressive thing in the DVD. Cera's dad though is really starting to get on my nerves. He is getting really mean to Cera and it kind messed up the story line. Littlefoot's song: "If Only" was really good because it was sort of a confession why he lied and that proves that if you lie, it will only get worst. Most importantly though, The Land Before Time 12: The Day of the Flyers should be pretty interesting. The date of arrival is TBA. I hope that the sequel is better than this..