If the last movie hadn't completly ruined Universal's traditional animation studios for good, there would be a final film/television series arc where the protagonists would become prostitutes and acquire 160 million veneral diseasesSelf explanatory.
Great Valley will eventually become DinotopiaWith time Great Valley will become bigger and bigger until it will turn into a continent/big island/whatever Dinotopia is. All surviving dinosaurs will migrate there as the rest of the world will become less and less hospitable for them and with time they will develop a complex culture.
The main characters die at the end of the first movie.(This is not a new theory; it's been rumored since the movie came out and the existence of cut footage was revealed.) Littlefoot collapses in despair... and sees a ghost (his mother, in the clouds). Shortly after, he discovers
The characters are in HellThough by the third sequel alone you can tell this is obvious.
The die-off that's happening is not the final extinction of the dinosaurs, but a more localized ecological disturbance.It took the dinosaurs hundreds of thousands of years to die off - an eyeblink of geological time, but long enough, certainly, for this generation to prosper.
They're Immortals, like in Highlander.Title says it all.
The main characters not only die at the end of the first movie, but they also die from an innocent looking plant turning out halluconogenic.The rest of the movies are acid trips. This explains the singing.
Spike is a Shinigami.Spike was Dead All Along; it's the late Cretaceous, and he's a stegosaur! We all know that the other characters end up dying. Spike was just a gentle psychopomp whose job was to help lead them to
Chomper grows up to be Barney.Seriously, do you of any other purple T-Rexes?
Most of the dinosaurs died during the Earthquake from the first movie.It was not a meteor that hit the earth, but an earthquake. It separated most of the dinosaurs; some died off, while others died searching for the Great Valley. This makes a bit of sense, since the meteor did not hit during the course of the movies.
The first movie is an allegory to religionLet's start off with the obvious: as someone else mentioned, the Great Valley is Heaven. The entire movie is about a quest to get in to heaven.
The real reason why Littlefoot doesn't talk about his mother
Tree-star leaves are like drugs to PteranodonsIt explains why pterosaurs eat the leaves despite clearly being carnivorous while the Microraptor in one of the sequels prefers to stick to insects
Petrie is Rodan
The story takes place in modern times, under the premise of being an experiment.Here's how it would work: scientists from our modern era find preserved dinosaur remains, but the method of death is unclear. Being heavily funded by the government to do research on survivalism and natural history, they re-clone these dinosaurs and keep them contained in a giant reserve of sorts. They build several oasises for the dinosaurs and several natural barriers, such as the big water and the vally of the mist, to encourage them to stay away from our part of the world. Most of the dillemas caused during the movies were based off theories scientists wanted to test eg. Starvation, an ice age, ect. The scientists change the Great Valley and the surrounding "Mysterious Beyond" to suit their current experiments.
The Meteor already hit the earth but did not kill the dinosaurs.Instead, it became the Great Valley.
The Meteor already hit the Earth and it did kill the dinosaurs.They just aren't dead yet. Think about it, the extinction of the dinosaurs is described as being geologically instantaneous - which still means a quite lengthy time period from the viewpoint of individual animals. The whole movie is based on the premise that the region where those dinosaurs used to live has gotten barren, so they have to migrate somewhere else to get food. This is propably quite a likely scenario which happened during the times of the extinction of the dinousaurs. Still there might be some resorts where they can go and survive - like the Great Valley - but of course not forever. Also in the beginning there is a huge earthquake and volcanic eruptions, which also fits into the picture, as does - like the main page already mentions - the Super Persistant Predator behaviour of Sharptooth. And didn't at least one of the sequels involve the food running out even in the "Great Valley" so they have to migrate again? Okay, now I don't know if this is maybe too obvious to be WMG, as I've always interpreted the movie that way, even as a child, but I don't see it in the first sentence of the main article, so I've put it here ;)
Rooter is either clairvoyant or something more.Take a look at that scene where he talks to Littlefoot about his mother again. He knows all of the horrible depressing things that poor Littlefoot has gone through so far and is able to give his little "Circle of Life" speech after hearing the following: "It's not fair! She shoulda known better! That ol' Sharptooth. It's all her fault! ...Mother's!" Seriously, what? Either Rooter is psychic or he is... God. Watching Littlefoot's story from an omniscient pose and narrating his life. (Come to think of it, the avatar of God from South Park bears more than a passing resemblance to Rooter...)
You can indirectly blame Petrie for Jar Jar Binks.In 1988, Petrie was the Ensemble Darkhorse of the movie. Somehow George Lucas caught wind of this, and decided to give us the same character — but more — in the Prequels, and the rest is history.
The Next Land Before Time Sequel/Spin-off...Won't even have a plot. It will just be hidden camera footage of Don Bluth sitting alone and nursing a strong drink, reflecting on what Universal is doing to his characters.
Rooter (the first dinosaur Littlefoot meets after his mother dies) is God.
The reason that Red Claw is beaten so easily...He's secretly scared of them. Think about it, how many Sharpteeth have been killed/beaten by Littlefoot and company throughout the series? Surely, at this point, they've probably got a reputation for beating them by now. Odds are Red Claw is just smart enough to realize that they'll be able to kick his butt for real if he's not careful. So he's not a coward, just being cautious, which does make him dangerous. Thus he goes by a 'live to fight another day' philosphy. Also, it could just be experience at taking them down on Littlefoot and company's part.
Littlefoot's dad is a prehistoric incarnation of Jack Bauer, and he himself is a prehistoric incarnation of John Connor.This is just a silly theory based on the fact that the voice of Littlefoot for several of the sequels was Thomas Dekker, who played John Connor in the Sarah Connor Chronicles, and Brom, his dad, was voice by Kiefer Sutherland. Though when you think about it, Littlefoot is able to put him and his friends in perilous situations and escape from them without a scratch, and he does have a strained relationship with his father. So to this troper, having Littlefoot's dad being the most badass CTU agent ever, and he himself the future leader of the resistance against Skynet would explain alot.
The stone of cold fire was a Lavos seed.The Rainbow Faces were not aliens, they were time travelers. They were there to destroy the seed, but the two fliers did it for them.
The narrator is Xenu.Hattip to Diamanda Hagan. Wait, what were we talking about again?
Petrie suffered some sort of brain damage from nearly being drowned by the Sharptooth in the original movie.While it didn't immediately come up, it explains his poor grammar in the sequels (assuming, of course, you consider them canon).
Spike has brain damage from not being incubated properly as an egg.Sort of a dumb analogue to how babies can suffer brain damage during the birthing process if their flow of oxygen is somehow cut off. He's supposed to have an Ambiguous Disorder, which is further supported by a claim on The Other Wiki:
The Red Claw we have seen is not the real Red ClawRed Claw is hyped to be the most dangerous of all sharpteeth, who is fully willing to risk the wrath of Chomper's parents just to kill Chomper, yet when we get to see him he was scared off by fruit that was flunged at him. This is inconsistency of behaviour is likely explained by the Red Claw we have seen so is actaully another weaker and cowardly sharptooth who has an injury that is similar to the real Red Claw's and is using the real Red Claw's reputation to scare off would be competitors from kills as an opportunitst with little risk of fighting
Littlefoot is a prehistoric Shinji Ikari.Do I honestly need to explain this one?
The main characters represent the Kübler-Ross model of the five stages of grief
After the extinction of the dinosaurs, the main group was reincarnated as the Mane Six.As a reward for their heroism, they were all allowed to live life anew. Littlefoot became Twilight Sparkle (the rational leader of the group), Ducky became Pinkie Pie (the cheerful Genki Girl), Cera became Rainbow Dash (rough and tumble tomboy who acts before thinking), Petrie became Fluttershy (small, acrophobic Cowardly Lion), Spike became Applejack (a long shot, I know but still; strong member of the group who loves food), Ruby became Rarity (intelligent and pretty, as well as skilled) and Chomper became Spike the Dragon (small purple reptile, Adorably Precocious Tag Along Kid).
Cera is a Styracosaurus.Why does she have just a nose horn while a pair of newborns have all three?
Petrie and his pterosaur ilk are omnivores.They eat fish offscreen. And all their herbivore friends are okay with this because, hey, they're not eating SENTIENT life! To support this theory, Ruby is an omnivore (like a real-life oviraptor would be) who is seen eating a shellfish at one point and everyone seems cool with this too.
Up until "The Big Freeze", Spike thought he was a duckbill dinosaur.Ducky was the first thing he saw when he hatched, and so he imprinted on her and came to believe that he was a duckbill.
The Yellow Bellies Have Memory Loss Disorder.Loofah, Doofah, and Foobie seems like they have memory loss, if you noticed how Loofah forgets the name of Berry Valley that he needed to be reminded by berries to remember.