Trivia: The Land Before Time
- Creator Backlash: While he by no means dislikes the film, Don Bluth credits it with kickstarting his weaker output, as it was his first major exposure to Executive Meddling.
- Dueling Movies: With Oliver & Company. Just like Bluth's previous film, this one won, and became the highest grossing animated movie of all time... until 1989 that is.
- Executive Meddling: The film was originally Darker and Edgier, but many scenes were deleted because they were "too scary for kids". This explains the film's very short running time.
- It should be noted that for older viewers, it would have simply made the film better. Which is why fans are trying desperately to track down these scenes.
- Fan Nickname: To avoid confusion between this character and sharpteeth as a whole, fans often refer to the film's antagonist as 'The Original Sharptooth' or simply 'The Sharptooth'.
- Money, Dear Boy: In his book "The Art Of Animation," Don Bluth admitted that the film's massive financial success can partially be attributed to the 19-minute cut-out.
- Science Marches On: A very interesting example; studies done long after the film's release revealed that ceratopsian dinosaurs may have been opportunistic omnivores; in other words, Triceratops like Cera may well have been willing to eat meat in real life as well as plants!
- Then again, she did look at a fly while smacking her lips then seemed to try to bite it in the original film...
- What Could Have Been: The film's second half was not as Don originally intended. In the original version, Littlefoot finds the Great Valley after he goes off alone and the others go with Cera. He realizes that he has to go find the others, because they won't find it on their own, and goes back after them. The Sharptooth scene then happens and he leads them to the valley. This can be detected in the final film. Look at the scene where Littlefoot is telling his mother he'll never find the great valley because it's too hard. The rock they pushed onto Sharptooth is still there in the background.
- There is also a deleted scene where the group finds an oasis, but the two groups of dinosaurs already there get discriminatory, and say that only Ducky can drink.
- These elements still appear in the children's books released with the film.
- Other things changes include: The scene where Sharptooth lands on the back of Littlefoot's mother was originally fully visible, but it was changed to shadow. The scene where Sharptooth is pushed under by the big rock had a scene where Sharptooth was seen looking up to the water, but it was also deemed too scary. Fans have gone out of their way to find all these scenes. Hopefully they'll be found in the future...
- Old Rooter didn't appear in the original script, but was added to soften the blow of the death of Littlefoot's mother.
- The original film trailer has another apparently deleted bit from the final scene with Ducky saying "now we'll always be together!".
- Reportedly the full, uncut version has aired in several foreign countries.
- Sadly, Judith Barsi, the young actress who played Ducky in the original film (and she also played Anne-Marie in All Dogs Go to Heaven), was murdered along with her mother by her father in a Murder-Suicide a few months before this movie was released in theaters.
- The instrumental "If We Hold On Together" score was re-used in the live action film Lorenzo's Oil.
"—with Land Before Time, of course it did make money—it made a lot of money. And so all the sequels, they just said, "Let's create a franchise here, let's create something that goes on and on and on." And each one of them have made money, because basically the children who watch it just see the little characters they love and so they're not discerning about whether it looks great or it's a great story or anything."
- Franchise Killer: Wisdom of Friends ensured that no more Land Before Time sequels were made. The TV series is stillborned.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Both Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are executive producers of the first movie.
- Hey, It's That Voice!:
- For the original, Conlon leads Cera, Ann-Marie, and Digit to the Great Valley
- Digit however gets replaced by The Joker as Petrie
- Cornchip Girl is Ducky, and Ashley A. eventually becomes Cera
- Hey! It's Eli Vance in VII!
- Not only will Littlefoot grow up to be the future leader of the resistance against Skynet, but his dad is Jack Bauer!
- Strut is Pinky
- Grandpa Longneck is King Triton
- Strutt is Pinky of Pinky and the Brain.
- The Japanese-dubbed version has some alumni from the Pokémon anime series and Gundam in the cast:
- Ichy is voiced by the titular character of Johnny Bravo, while Dill is voiced by The Simpsons character, Mrs. Skinner.
- Bron, Littlefoot's father, is voiced by Kiefer Sutherland.
- Loofa is voiced by academy award winning actor, Cuba Gooding Jr.
- Rhett has the same voice as Tommy Pickles from All Grown Up!.
- In Italian and Swedish, Petrie is Ash Ketchum.
- In Germany,Ducky is Fluttershy.
- In Spain, Littlefoot is Timmy Turner.
- In Mexico, Littlefoot is Princess Sally.He's Rarity too.
- Science Marches On: Averted. Loofa and Doofa don't bear even a remote resemblance to what Beipeiaosaurus actually looked like.
- Technically speaking, the Yellow Bellies resemble generic therizinosaurs. Very, very cartooninised therizinosaurs. When they were concepted, there wasn't a lot of Beipiaosaurus material to go by, so their appearence wasn't so offensively backwards.
- Retroactive Recognition: In a Hey, It's That Guy!/Hey, It's That Voice! hybrid example, in the tenth film, The Great Longneck Migration, Littlefoot's father is voiced by Kiefer Sutherland. Really.
- Talking to Himself: Not only did John Ingle provide the voice of Cera's father in the sequels and the TV series, but he was also the narrator for the sequels as well.