Trivia: The Land Before Time

Original film:
  • 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'.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Again, nineteen full minutes of completed animation was cut at the last minute after it was deemed too intense for younger audiences. Some have claimed that bits and pieces of this footage made it into broadcast versions and theatrical trailers. Don Bluth himself claims to have a personal copy of the film reel with the whole thing, though no word on whether or not it will ever see the light of day.
  • 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: A total of nineteen minutes of footage was cut due to Executive Meddling, though Don admitted removing the more horrific scenes contributed to the film's success. Additionally, 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, finding them in the volcano. The Sharptooth scene then happens and he leads them to the valley. This can be detected in the final film. In 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 foreground; and the scene where he looks over the Great Valley shows him standing alone and is closely followed by a shot of Littlefoot and the others sliding to a stop with Petrie perched on his head.
    • 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 book 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 and as the Real Song Theme Tune for a Japanese TV show.


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