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* [[LethalLavaLand The Mountains that Burn]]. That the whole place is crisscrossed with rivers of lava and full of rabidly erupting volcanoes is bad enough. Petrie falls into a tar pit and nearly drowns, and so do the others when they try to rescue him. The animators clearly did everything they could to give the place a feeling of hostility, whether it's the oppressive ambiance caused by the constant erupting volcanoes, the constant red glare even away from the lava, or the half-melted rock formations that seem to reach out like arms and gaping mouths. It's very quickly made clear why Littlefoot's mother told him to go past it and not through it: [[EverythingTryingToKillYou the whole damn place wants you dead from the moment you walk in there!]]

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** And guess what? ''[[WhatCouldHaveBeen It could have been worse]]''. It's been stated that many scenes featuring the Sharptooth were cut because the producers feared that they might actually cause ''psychological damage'' to children. So, scary as the Sharptooth is in this film, what we get are the ''least'' frightening scenes they made with him. Whatever the hell was in the 19 minutes that were edited out [[NothingIsScarier is freaky in and of itself]].

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** And guess what? ''[[WhatCouldHaveBeen It could have been worse]]''. It's been stated that many scenes featuring the Sharptooth were cut because the producers feared that they might actually cause ''psychological damage'' to children. So, scary as the Sharptooth is in this film, what we get are the ''least'' frightening scenes they made with him. Whatever the hell was in the 19 11 minutes that were edited out [[NothingIsScarier is freaky in and of itself]].


[[caption-width-right:300: First he'll kill your mother, then come after you.]]

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[[caption-width-right:300: First he'll kill Today your mother, then come after you.mother... Tomorrow '''you'''.]]



* '''Sharptooth.''' A NighInvulnerable, perpetually furious, red-eyed demon of a ''Tyrannosaurus rex'' who brutally kills Littlefoot's mother and pursues Littlefoot and his friends with the singular intention of killing and eating them. One of the most terrifying villains to ever originate from family media.
** The fight scene between Littlefoot's mother and Sharptooth. [[spoiler: She even dies afterward.]] [[WhatCouldHaveBeen They were originally planning on showing the scene where Sharptooth takes a bite out of Littlefoot's mother's back in full color]] [[ShadowDiscretionShot instead of in shadow]].
** Sharptooth himself ''is'' this trope. Imagine a large, extremely vicious T-Rex that simply does not give up until he kills his target, no matter how many times said target escapes. Not to mention the fact that the main characters are in constant fear of him and have to always watch their backs. The scene where the beast ambushes them while ''they were asleep'' shows that he can attack ''anywhere''.
** [[AdaptationalVillainy He's even worse in the novel]]. In the movie, he's mostly portrayed as an instinctive force of nature bordering on SuperPersistentPredator, but in the novel he's more akin to a narcisstic serial killer who fancies himself above other dinosaurs. He's hunting the children for petty revenge (Littlefoot and Cera in particular, as the former [[EyeScream blinded him in one eye with a thorn]] and the latter used him as a headbutting practice target while he was knocked out), and during his hunt, he toys with them just to enjoy seeing their terror before he kills them. And when he finds the entrance to the Great Valley, the novel says that he growled and sniffed the air "in evil joy", which would hint that he really mostly kills other dinosaurs just ForTheEvulz, and the next thing he plans to do after he kills the childen would be going around doing a killing spree in the Great Valley...
** The EyeAwaken moment just before Cera can use the Sharptooth's head as head-butting practice.
** Note also that many scenes featuring Sharptooth were cut because the producers feared that they might actually cause ''psychological damage'' to children. So, scary as Sharptooth is in this film, what we get are the ''least'' frightening scenes they made with him. Whatever the hell was in the 19 minutes that were edited out [[NothingIsScarier is freaky in and of itself]].
*** Some of it has been shown, albeit in storyboard or script form. It shows things such as several near misses and more than one JumpScare (one of which seems to be inspired by the "Here's Johnny!" scene in ''The Shining''). The deleted scene for the intro has Littlefoot and Cera climbing up and hiding in the hollow tree trunk and Sharptooth ripping apart with his claws jaws to flush them out. It also shows him toying with them before Littlefoot's mother arrived; when they emerged from the thorns it was between his legs, he slams his head down in front of them, they run back and he slams his tail down, then he swings his head towards them, jaws gaping and just misses them. He even tries to stomp on them. This likely indicates that the SerialKiller portrayal of him in the novel was originally supposed to be in the movie.

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* '''Sharptooth.'''The Sharptooth.''' A NighInvulnerable, perpetually furious, red-eyed demon of a ''Tyrannosaurus rex'' who brutally kills Littlefoot's mother and pursues Littlefoot and his friends with the singular intention of killing and eating them. One of the most terrifying villains to ever originate from family media.
** The fight scene between Littlefoot's mother and Sharptooth. [[spoiler: She even dies afterward.]] Sharptooth, which leads to her death. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen They were originally planning on showing the scene where Sharptooth takes a bite out of Littlefoot's mother's back in full color]] [[ShadowDiscretionShot instead of in shadow]].
** The Sharptooth himself ''is'' this trope. Imagine a large, extremely vicious T-Rex ''T. rex'' that simply ''[[SuperPersistentPredator does not give up until he kills his target, target]]'', no matter how many times said target escapes. Not to mention the fact that the main characters are in [[TheDreaded constant fear of him him]] and have to always watch their backs. The scene where the beast ambushes them while ''they were asleep'' shows that he can attack ''anywhere''.
** [[AdaptationalVillainy He's even worse in the novel]]. In the movie, he's mostly portrayed as an instinctive force of nature bordering on SuperPersistentPredator, but in the novel he's more akin to a narcisstic narcissistic serial killer who fancies himself above other dinosaurs. He's hunting the children for petty revenge (Littlefoot and Cera in particular, as the former [[EyeScream blinded him in one eye with a thorn]] and the latter used him as a headbutting practice target while he was knocked out), out)[[note]] While these scenes are still in the movie, the novel expands upon how the Sharptooth reacts to these events[[/note]], and during his hunt, he toys with them just to enjoy seeing their terror before he kills them. And when he finds the entrance to the Great Valley, the novel says that he growled and sniffed the air "in evil joy", which would hint that he really mostly likely kills other dinosaurs just ForTheEvulz, ''[[ForTheEvulz for fun]]'', and the next thing he plans to do after he kills the childen children would be going around doing a killing spree in the Great Valley...
** The EyeAwaken moment just before Cera can use the Sharptooth's head as head-butting practice.
** Note also
And guess what? ''[[WhatCouldHaveBeen It could have been worse]]''. It's been stated that many scenes featuring the Sharptooth were cut because the producers feared that they might actually cause ''psychological damage'' to children. So, scary as the Sharptooth is in this film, what we get are the ''least'' frightening scenes they made with him. Whatever the hell was in the 19 minutes that were edited out [[NothingIsScarier is freaky in and of itself]].
*** Some of it has been shown, albeit in storyboard or script form. It shows things such as several near misses and more than one JumpScare (one of which seems to be inspired by the "Here's Johnny!" scene in ''The Shining''). The deleted scene for the intro has Littlefoot and Cera climbing up and hiding in the hollow tree trunk and the Sharptooth ripping apart with his claws jaws to flush them out. It also shows him toying with them before Littlefoot's mother arrived; when they emerged from the thorns it was between his legs, he slams his head down in front of them, they run back and he slams his tail down, then he swings his head towards them, jaws gaping and just misses them. He even tries to stomp on them. This likely indicates that the SerialKiller portrayal of him in the novel was originally supposed to be in the movie.



* The many instances where the characters almost died horrific deaths. They're supposed to be really small children, even if their ages are somewhat vague.

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* The many There are several instances where the characters have almost died suffered horrific deaths. They're supposed to be really small children, even if their Vague ages are somewhat vague.aside, they're ''children'', and the thought of ImprobableInfantSurvival being averted [[AdultFear doesn't bring happy thoughts to the mind]]...



* The large "earthshake" in the first movie.

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* The large "earthshake" in [[EarthquakesCauseFissures "Earthshake"]] that happens shortly after Littlefoot's mother fights off the first movie. Sharptooth. If you think earthquakes are already scary, just imagine if you experienced one as a ''child''.



* The pachycephalosauruses that attack Cera in the tar pits. The fact that [[AscendedToCarnivorism they weren't even carnivorous]] may make it more or less scary.

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* The pachycephalosauruses Domeheads that attack Cera in the tar pits. The fact that [[AscendedToCarnivorism they weren't even carnivorous]] may make it more or less scary.



* The ''Giganotosaurus'' from the fifth movie has one of the most intimidating designs to date, and it friggin' tosses around other Sharpteeth. It's also the only character to shed '''[[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence blood]]''' in the entire franchise.

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* The ''Giganotosaurus'' from the fifth movie has one of the most intimidating designs to date, and it friggin' tosses around ''[[TheWorfEffect other Sharpteeth.Sharpteeth]]''. It's also the only character to shed '''[[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence blood]]''' in the entire franchise.



** Also from "Stone of Cold Fire," a flashback shows that Pterano got into a disagreement with the other dinosaurs searching for the Great Valley during the events of the first film and the herd split into two fractions. Pterano led his to a secluded valley, which they thought for sure was the paradise that they were looking for. [[RaptorAttack And then a pack of hungry ''Utahraptors'' shows up.]] While no blood is shown, the scene is still pretty violent, and we only see a brief glimpse of the massacre (the only onscreen death we ''do'' see is an unlucky ''Parasaurolophus'' falling off a steep cliff into the gorge below. And while you expect him to utter a pained animalistic screech as he plummets, he instead lets out a human-sounding yell of pure horror and despair.) with Pterano watching the ambush in horror. Pterano was the only survivor, and that's only because he can fly.
* As lighthearted as the TV series was, the episode "The Brave Longneck Scheme", there's the fact that Ali's herd were willing to [[WouldHurtAChild kill Chomper]] just because he's a sharptooth.
** Makes The Sharptooth even scarier in hindsight - this entire herd was willing to go on a rampage to kill a baby, and yet Sharptooth didn't even flinch at the idea of killing one dinosaur after another. He wasn't afraid that they'd gather together in a herd and fight him, he was that powerful (or overconfident) that he feared none of that.

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** Also from "Stone of Cold Fire," a flashback shows that Pterano got into a disagreement with the other dinosaurs searching for the Great Valley during the events of the first film and the herd split into two fractions. Pterano led his to a secluded valley, which they thought for sure was the paradise that they were looking for. [[RaptorAttack And then a pack of hungry ''Utahraptors'' hungry]] ''[[FromBadToWorse Utahraptors]]'' [[FromBadToWorse shows up.]] While no blood is shown, the scene is still pretty violent, and we only see a brief glimpse of the massacre (the only onscreen death we ''do'' see is an unlucky ''Parasaurolophus'' falling off a steep cliff into the gorge below. And while you expect him to utter a pained animalistic screech as he plummets, he instead lets out a human-sounding yell of pure horror and despair.) with Pterano watching the ambush in horror. Pterano was the only survivor, and that's only because he can fly.
* As lighthearted as the TV series was, the episode "The Brave Longneck Scheme", there's the fact that Ali's herd were willing to [[WouldHurtAChild kill Chomper]] [[FantasticRacism just because he's a sharptooth.
sharptooth]].
** Makes The It makes the Sharptooth from the first movie even scarier in hindsight - this entire herd was willing to go on a rampage to kill a baby, and yet the original Sharptooth didn't even flinch at the idea of killing one dinosaur after another. He wasn't afraid that they'd gather together in a herd and fight him, he was that powerful (or overconfident) that he feared none of that.


** It becomes even scarier if, rather than being an example of AscendedToCarnivorism, one interprets it as them just wanting to kill Cera [[ForTheEvulz for the hell of it]].

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** It indeed becomes even ''much'' scarier if, rather than being an example of AscendedToCarnivorism, one interprets it as them just wanting to kill Cera [[ForTheEvulz for the hell of it]].



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** It becomes even scarier if, rather than being an example of AscendedToCarnivorism, one interprets it as them just wanting to kill Cera [[ForTheEvulz for the hell of it]].


* The opening scene to ''Wisdom of Friends'' Littlefoot tries to cross a log over a deep ravine to get some tree-stars from it, despite his grandmother's objections that there's plenty of treestars whre they are standing. He quickly regrets his foolish decision when the log shakes and he nearly falls before Grandma rescues him. Then the log breaks, and ''Grandma'' nearly plummets down the ravine, before she barely manages to catch herself and climb back up to safety.

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* The opening scene to ''Wisdom of Friends'' Littlefoot tries to cross a log over a deep ravine to get some tree-stars from it, despite his grandmother's objections that there's plenty of treestars whre they are where they're standing. He quickly regrets his foolish decision when the log shakes and he nearly falls before Grandma rescues him. Then the log breaks, and ''Grandma'' nearly plummets down the ravine, before she barely manages to catch herself and climb back up to safety.


* The [[ThreateningShark Swimming Sharptooth]] in ''The Journey to Big Water''. Its eyes are pure yellow, and its face looks vaguely like a crocodile's skull. The worst part is that it is in the water. You won't be able to see it or hear it until it attacks, and if you're in the water, you are helpless against it.
** It doesn't help that it's a Main/{{Expy}} of the Liopleurodon from BBC's ''Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs'', and that it boasts probably the most accurate design of any of the Land Before Time creatures.
* The Giganotosaurus from the fifth movie has one of the most intimidating designs to date, and it friggin' tosses around other Sharpteeth. It's also the only character to shed '''[[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence blood]]''' in the entire franchise.

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* The [[ThreateningShark [[SeaMonster Swimming Sharptooth]] in ''The Journey to Big Water''. Its eyes are pure yellow, and its face looks vaguely like a crocodile's skull. The worst part is that it is in the water. You won't be able to see it or hear it until it attacks, and if you're in the water, you are helpless against it.
** It doesn't help that it's a Main/{{Expy}} of the Liopleurodon ''Liopleurodon'' from BBC's ''Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs'', and that it boasts probably the most accurate design of any of the Land Before Time creatures.
* The Giganotosaurus ''Giganotosaurus'' from the fifth movie has one of the most intimidating designs to date, and it friggin' tosses around other Sharpteeth. It's also the only character to shed '''[[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence blood]]''' in the entire franchise.



** Also from "Stone of Cold Fire," a flashback shows that Pterano got into a disagreement with the other dinosaurs searching for the Great Valley and the herd split into two fractions. Pterano led his to a secluded valley, which they thought for sure was the paradise that they were looking for. [[RaptorAttack And then the raptors show up.]] While no blood is shown, the scene is still pretty violent, and we only see a brief glimpse of the massacre (the only onscreen death we ''do'' see is a swimmer falling off a steep cliff into the gorge below) with Pterano watching the ambush in horror. Pterano was the only survivor, and that's only because he can fly.
* In the TV series episode "The Brave Longneck Scheme", the fact that Ali's herd were willing to [[WouldHurtAChild kill Chomper]] just because he's a sharptooth.

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** Also from "Stone of Cold Fire," a flashback shows that Pterano got into a disagreement with the other dinosaurs searching for the Great Valley during the events of the first film and the herd split into two fractions. Pterano led his to a secluded valley, which they thought for sure was the paradise that they were looking for. [[RaptorAttack And then the raptors show a pack of hungry ''Utahraptors'' shows up.]] While no blood is shown, the scene is still pretty violent, and we only see a brief glimpse of the massacre (the only onscreen death we ''do'' see is a swimmer an unlucky ''Parasaurolophus'' falling off a steep cliff into the gorge below) below. And while you expect him to utter a pained animalistic screech as he plummets, he instead lets out a human-sounding yell of pure horror and despair.) with Pterano watching the ambush in horror. Pterano was the only survivor, and that's only because he can fly.
* In As lighthearted as the TV series was, the episode "The Brave Longneck Scheme", there's the fact that Ali's herd were willing to [[WouldHurtAChild kill Chomper]] just because he's a sharptooth.



* The opening scene to ''Wisdom of Friends'' Littlefoot tries to cross a log over a deep ravine to get some tree-stars from it, despite his grandmother's objections. He quickly regrets his foolish decision when the log shakes and he nearly falls before Grandma rescues him. Then the log breaks, and ''Grandma'' nearly plummets down the ravine, before she barely manages to catch herself and climb back up to safety.

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* The opening scene to ''Wisdom of Friends'' Littlefoot tries to cross a log over a deep ravine to get some tree-stars from it, despite his grandmother's objections.objections that there's plenty of treestars whre they are standing. He quickly regrets his foolish decision when the log shakes and he nearly falls before Grandma rescues him. Then the log breaks, and ''Grandma'' nearly plummets down the ravine, before she barely manages to catch herself and climb back up to safety.


** [[AdaptationalVillainy He's even worse in the novel]]. In the movie, he's mostly portrayed as an instinctive force of nature bordering on SuperPersistentPredator, but in the novel he's more akin to a serial killer who fancies himself above other dinosaurs. He's hunting the children for petty revenge (Littlefoot and Cera in particular, as the former [[EyeScream blinded him in one eye with a thorn]] and the latter used him as a headbutting practice target while he was knocked out), and during his hunt, he toys with them just to enjoy seeing their terror before he kills them. And when he finds the entrance to the Great Valley, the novel says that he growled and sniffed the air "in evil joy", which would hint that he really mostly kills other dinosaurs just ForTheEvulz, and the next thing he plans to do after he kills the childen would be going around doing a killing spree in the Great Valley...

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** [[AdaptationalVillainy He's even worse in the novel]]. In the movie, he's mostly portrayed as an instinctive force of nature bordering on SuperPersistentPredator, but in the novel he's more akin to a narcisstic serial killer who fancies himself above other dinosaurs. He's hunting the children for petty revenge (Littlefoot and Cera in particular, as the former [[EyeScream blinded him in one eye with a thorn]] and the latter used him as a headbutting practice target while he was knocked out), and during his hunt, he toys with them just to enjoy seeing their terror before he kills them. And when he finds the entrance to the Great Valley, the novel says that he growled and sniffed the air "in evil joy", which would hint that he really mostly kills other dinosaurs just ForTheEvulz, and the next thing he plans to do after he kills the childen would be going around doing a killing spree in the Great Valley...

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**Littlefoot later has the exact same nightmare, only with Loofah and Doofah on the unstable log.

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*The opening scene to ''Wisdom of Friends'' Littlefoot tries to cross a log over a deep ravine to get some tree-stars from it, despite his grandmother's objections. He quickly regrets his foolish decision when the log shakes and he nearly falls before Grandma rescues him. Then the log breaks, and ''Grandma'' nearly plummets down the ravine, before she barely manages to catch herself and climb back up to safety.
**Later that night, Littlefoot has a nightmare of his grandmother plummeting to her death in the canyon.


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** Also from "Stone of Cold Fire," a flashback shows that Pterano got into a disagreement with the other dinosaurs searching for the Great Valley and the herd split into two fractions. Pterano led his to a secluded valley, which they thought for sure was the paradise that they were looking for. [[RaptorAttack And then the raptors show up.]] While no blood is shown, the scene is still pretty violent, and we only see a brief glimpse of the massacre. The only onscreen death we ''do'' see is a swimmer falling off a steep cliff into the gorge below. Pterano was the only survivor, and that's only because he can fly.

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** Also from "Stone of Cold Fire," a flashback shows that Pterano got into a disagreement with the other dinosaurs searching for the Great Valley and the herd split into two fractions. Pterano led his to a secluded valley, which they thought for sure was the paradise that they were looking for. [[RaptorAttack And then the raptors show up.]] While no blood is shown, the scene is still pretty violent, and we only see a brief glimpse of the massacre. The massacre (the only onscreen death we ''do'' see is a swimmer falling off a steep cliff into the gorge below.below) with Pterano watching the ambush in horror. Pterano was the only survivor, and that's only because he can fly.


** Also from "Stone of Cold Fire," a flashback shows that Pterano got into a disagreement with the other dinosaurs searching for the Great Valley and the herd split into two fractions. Pterano led his to a secluded valley, which they thought for sure was the paradise that they were looking for. [[RaptorAttack And then the raptors show up.]] While no blood is shown, the scene is still pretty violent, and we only see a brief glimpse of the massacre. Pterano was the only survivor, and that's only because he can fly.

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** Also from "Stone of Cold Fire," a flashback shows that Pterano got into a disagreement with the other dinosaurs searching for the Great Valley and the herd split into two fractions. Pterano led his to a secluded valley, which they thought for sure was the paradise that they were looking for. [[RaptorAttack And then the raptors show up.]] While no blood is shown, the scene is still pretty violent, and we only see a brief glimpse of the massacre. The only onscreen death we ''do'' see is a swimmer falling off a steep cliff into the gorge below. Pterano was the only survivor, and that's only because he can fly.

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