History WesternAnimation / TheLandBeforeTime

10th Feb '17 8:54:47 AM thekeyofe
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* CallASmeerpARabbit: Long-necks, Three-horns, Spike-tails, etc.
** FridgeBrilliance, actually, considering humans gave the dinosaurs names millions of years later, so each dinosaur called others simply by what they looked like.

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* CallASmeerpARabbit: Long-necks, Three-horns, Spike-tails, etc.
** FridgeBrilliance, actually, considering humans gave
The dinosaurs are referred to by descriptive names, such as long-necks, three-horns, spike-tails, etc. This is actually a bit of FridgeBrilliance as the dinosaurs would not have known the names we humans would give them millions of years later, so each the various dinosaur called others simply by species are named based on what they looked like.



* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:Though a favorite trope of Bluth's, this movie takes it to levels all but unheard of in an animated film! First and foremost, Littlefoot loses his mother and is devastated over her death, which should make him alone a big enough victim of this trope. Both Ducky and Cera, and presumably Petrie as well, are separated from their families in an earthquake, and Spike appears to have been orphaned ''before he was even born''. Later the entire group faces massive bouts of starvation during their journey, and have to avoid the ever looming threat of the Sharptooth, as Littlefoot tries to keep everyone together while trying to find the Great Valley. Fortunately, they do find it, and all of them get their families back, with Spike even ending up HappilyAdopted by Ducky's family.]]

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:Though Though a favorite trope of Bluth's, this movie takes it to levels all but unheard of in a very high level for an animated film! First film. [[spoiler:First and foremost, Littlefoot loses his mother and is devastated over her death, which should make him alone a big enough victim of this trope. Both Ducky and Cera, and presumably Petrie as well, are separated from their families in an earthquake, and Spike appears to have been orphaned ''before he was even born''. Later the entire group faces massive bouts of starvation during their journey, and have to avoid the ever looming threat of the Sharptooth, as Littlefoot tries to keep everyone together while trying to find the Great Valley. Fortunately, they do find it, and all of them get their families back, with Spike even ending up HappilyAdopted by Ducky's family.]]
5th Feb '17 12:37:25 PM chasemaddigan
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* SequelGap: In addition to the six year gap between the first and second films, there is also an eight year gap between the thirteenth and fourteenth.
24th Jan '17 10:31:55 AM Gosicrystal
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* LostForever: The eleven minutes of cut footage that are either languishing in a vault somewhere or have been destroyed.
20th Jan '17 8:44:21 PM ngh93
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* Disproportionate Retribution: [[spoiler:Pterano's 5 year punishment for...daring to lead a group away from the pack and dissagreeing, as well as kidnapping a child. However, he did what he could to save said child, up to saving her life in one situation, and aside from the death of his pack (which allegedly wasn't his fault) hadn't done anything wrong.]]

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* Disproportionate Retribution: DisproportionateRetribution: [[spoiler:Pterano's 5 year punishment for...daring to lead a group away from the pack and dissagreeing, as well as kidnapping a child. However, he did what he could to save said child, up to saving her life in one situation, and aside from the death of his pack (which allegedly wasn't his fault) hadn't done anything wrong.]]
12th Nov '16 11:52:03 AM Pamina
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* PlotRelevantAgeUp: Spike is shown being born in a patch of grass in ''the middle of the movie'', by which time the rest of the main cast has gotten a chance to ''become kids''. Cue an exterior shot of the patch of grass, which Spike comes out of the same age as his friends, ''twice as big'' as he was a few seconds ago.

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* PlotRelevantAgeUp: Spike is shown being born in a patch of grass in ''the middle of the movie'', by which time the rest of the main cast has gotten a chance to ''become kids''. Cue an exterior shot of the patch of grass, which Spike comes out of the same age size as the biggest of his friends, ''twice as big'' as he was a few seconds ago.
15th Oct '16 11:30:49 PM Chubzhac
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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Ducky's father appeared at the end of the original movie, and is seen in a few early sequels, but is never seen nor mentioned from the sixth movie onward.

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: ChuckCunninghamSyndrome:
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Ducky's father appeared at the end of the original movie, and is seen in a few early sequels, but is never seen nor mentioned from the sixth movie onward.onward.
** Cera's mother and siblings disappear in the sequels without mention.


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** Only a handful of the sequels remember that the dinosaurs migrated to the Great Valley. Most of them act as if the dinosaurs have been living there for generations, with Mr. Thicknose being the most biggest example since he claims he's never been outside the Great Valley. Likewise, the Mysterious Beyond makes no sense since it was where everyone lived before they found the Great Valley.
22nd Sep '16 6:27:43 PM AkibaPurple
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* ScrewTheRulesI'mDoingWhat'sRight: In every sequel but 11 (and technically 9 where it was just on their way to saving themselves) they left broke the rule of staying in The Great Valley to save someone.

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* ScrewTheRulesI'mDoingWhat'sRight: ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: In every sequel but 11 (and technically 9 where it was just on their way to saving themselves) they left broke the rule of staying in The Great Valley to save someone.
26th Aug '16 9:09:31 PM OnTheHillside
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* BreakingTheFourthWall: Ozzie in II, where he mentions he's a Struthiomimus. First, this breaks the series' tradition of using dinosaur euphemisms. Second, he should not even know his ''scientific name'', a it was given by humans ages later, and third, it's a kids' show. No place for hard-to-say names, that is.

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* BreakingTheFourthWall: Ozzie in II, where he mentions he's a Struthiomimus. First, this breaks the series' tradition of using dinosaur euphemisms. Second, he should not even know his ''scientific name'', a it was given by humans ages later, and third, it's a kids' show. No place for hard-to-say names, that is.later.
26th Aug '16 1:34:58 PM OnTheHillside
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** To be fair, though, [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Old One]] at least had the decency to show reluctance when she realized this.
15th Aug '16 1:31:35 PM schoi30
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* {{Shorttank}}: Cera.
* ShownTheirWork: For the time, and remember it was thirty-odd years ago and the complete remains of some of the featured species (especially Tyrannosaurus) hadn't been found yet, this was ''the'' most accurate dinosaur movie ever made (ignoring the AnachronismStew and TalkingAnimal issues). Even today, the care put into the film is impressive.



* {{Shorttank}}: Cera.
* ShownTheirWork: For the time, and remember it was thirty-odd years ago and the complete remains of some of the featured species (especially Tyrannosaurus) hadn't been found yet, this was ''the'' most accurate dinosaur movie ever made (ignoring the TalkingAnimal issue). Even today, the care put into the film is impressive.
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