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"All that remained of his herd were his mother, grandmother and his grandfather. He knew them by sight, by sound, and by their love."

The Land Before Time is a 1988 animated film directed by Don Bluth, and his second collaboration with executive producer Steven Spielberg (following An American Tail). George Lucas was also one of the executive producers.note 

In the original film, a group of dinosaurs leave their homes for the Great Valley, a place of promise and opportunity. Along the way, a sauropod ("Long Neck") named Littlefoot becomes separated from his group and watches his mother die to protect him from a Tyrannosaurus ("Sharptooth"). Littlefoot meets up with other young dinosaurs of different species as they try to get back to their families.

The first film, made at the dawn of The Renaissance Age of Animation, is well remembered for its excellent character animation (a hallmark of Don Bluth films), surprisingly complex plotting, and amazing soundtrack by James Horner. It was also the first major dinosaur film made after the Dinosaur Renaissance reached popular culture, and features the refined image of dinosaurs since then (see Shown Their Work below).


The film released its first sequel in 1994, and Universal Cartoon Studios ended up making a sequel almost every year up to 2007, for a grand total of twelve. These sequels took a much Lighter and Softer tone than the original film, a move that alienated them from many of the first movie's fans. Still, others embrace these sequels into the canon of the series and see them as enjoyable, harmless, and frequently heartwarming kids' films. The series also had a short-running TV show in 2008 that lasted for one season. When this show ended, the series seemed to be headed towards a hard-earned retirement.

Or was it? After almost nine years since the last one, a fourteenth movie was finally released on February 2nd, 2016.

The sequels are:

  • The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure (1994): The gang find a mysterious egg just outside the Great Valley, and hatch it, finding that it's a Sharptooth egg.
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  • The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving (1995): A drought hits the Great Valley, and the dinosaurs within begin to crack under the strain.
  • The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists (1996): Grandpa Longneck gets sick with a deadly illness. With the help of fellow Longneck Ali, Littlefoot and his friends journey to find the flowers that are the cure.
  • The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island (1997): When locusts consume all the green food in the Great Valley, the herds leave to find more food, but Littlefoot and his friends get stuck on a strange island populated by Sharptooths... and their old friend Chomper!
  • The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock (1998): Littlefoot meets a dinosaur he assumes is "The Lone Dinosaur," and accidentally damages a very important stone, bringing bad luck to the Valley.
  • The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire (2000): The gang, in addition to two mysterious outsiders, must race Petrie's uncle Pterano to find a magical meteor.
  • The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze (2001): The Valley is once again put in danger, this time by a massive cold spell, while Spike meets members of his own kind.
  • The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water (2002): When the Valley floods, Littlefoot meets a swimming creature called Mo and helps him get back to the Ocean (the titular "Big Water").
  • The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration (2003): Littlefoot and his grandparents, following instinct, leave the valley to find The Great Circle, Littlefoot's friends following along. In addition, Littlefoot meets his father, Bron.
  • The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses (2004): After accidentally getting rid of the fruits of a certain tree, Littlefoot blames a colony of tiny Longnecks. Meanwhile, Cera's father gets together with his old girlfriend, Tria.
  • The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers (2006): Tria and Cera's father are getting ready to bring a new hatchling into the world. Petrie is having trouble with a precision flying exhibition the flyers are putting on, and the gang helps a microraptor named Guido, who doesn't know what he is.
  • The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends (2007): Littlefoot and friends help two dinosaurs to the distant Berry Valley.
  • The Land Before Time XIV: Journey of the Brave (2016): After learning that his dad is in trouble, Littlefoot sets off on a rescue mission to find him. Features Chomper's third film appearance, Bron's second and Ruby's first. Takes place after the TV series. Currently the most recent film released.

Time to teach the kids Roman numerals! Oh, wait...

These movies provide examples of:

  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: From Movie VI on, particularly in X: The Great Longneck Migration, as MarzGurl points out. Most likely because Wang Film Productions had a sister company that specialized in CG (Sony Imageworks did the CG for film VI however).
  • Adults Are Useless:
    • In Journey Through the Mists, all the adult dinosaurs are concerned about the health of Littlefoot's grandpa, but none are brave enough to risk personal safety to find the flowers that have the cure. The Old One does say, "There is safety in numbers," yet doesn't act on it in terms of retrieving the flower.
    • Lampshaded in The Stone of Cold Fire, when Grandma Longneck states that the children have gone off on their own, and Ducky's mother comments, "Of course they did! They saw us all just standing around arguing here!"
    • Averted in The Great Valley Adventure, when the adults kick some serious ass fighting off the sharpteeth. In fact, learning to accept that adults are stronger and more experienced is something of a theme in the movie.
    • Zigzagged in Journey of the Brave. Aside from the main plot being about the kids deliberately setting out to save an adult, none of the other adults seem to be willing to do anything to help. Grandpa and Mr Threehorn do follow after the kids to make sure they're alright, but even then, they catch up literally seconds after the kids have already done all the work rescuing Bron.
  • Adult Fear:
    • A constant fear that plays in the adult dinosaurs' minds is losing their children and grandchildren. They either worry about them being killed and eaten by predators, dying from natural disasters, and other ways possible.
    • Invoked particularly hard with Littlefoot's grandparents, who've lost their only daughter. In the second movie, while lecturing Littlefoot on the importance of being careful, they flat out tell him "you are all we have."
    • In the third movie, Littlefoot and Grandpa Longneck even discuss this trope regarding Topps' abrasive and controlling attitude in response to the Great Valley's dwindling water supply. Grandpa even ends off the discussion by saying "Sometimes fear makes grown-ups do strange things."
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": A hypsolophodon named Hyp, a Pteranodon named Pterano, a Muttaburrasaurus named Mutt, an Opthalmosaurus named Mo (a more subtle example, look at the seventh and eighth letters), a Brontosaurus (technically Apatosaurus) named Bron, a Supersaurus named Sue and a Nodosaurus named Nod. Good grief.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: In the second movie, Chomper licks Littlefoot's face on more than one occasion. It also becomes a staple personality trait of Spike. Even Ali does it to Petrie! And Petrie blushes when she does so, implying this is the dinosaur way of kissing. One wonders what this mean when applied to the other examples...
  • Artifact Title: The film's Brazilian title was "Em Busca do Vale Encantado" (In Search of the Enchanted Valley). As it was already found in the first film, the title made no sense at the sequels.
  • Big "NO!": Littlefoot gets one of these in The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water, as he watches Mo lead the swimming sharptooth away.
  • Big Shadow, Little Creature: Chomper in the fifth movie. Also in the second movie. In fact, this actually saved his friends from Ozzy and Strut. They eventually wised up, although by that point they were too late as Chomper's parents were still in the Great Valley. It was also used earlier in the second film when Strut saw the main charactes' shadows and thought they were full grown adults. "Very Big."
  • Bioluminescence Is Cool: In the fourth film, the plants that Littlefoot and company are searching for illuminate when night falls.
  • Bloodless Carnage: In a few films like 2, 3, 4, 6, 10, and 11. Inverted in 5 which has visible blood at least twice.
  • Breakout Character: Chomper was originally just a guest character brought in for the second film. Then he was brought back for the fifth film, and then he became a main character for the TV series, almost to the point where he became a Spotlight Hog.
  • Broken Pedestal: For Petrie towards Pterano in 7.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome:
    • 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.
    • Cera's mother and siblings disappear in the sequels without mention. Which is especially odd because she's stated to be an aunt in Secret of Saurus Rock...
  • Continuity Drift: In the original film, Ducky was designated as a Bigmouth. In the sequels, she was instead called a Swimmer.
    • Swimmer was more of an interchangeable term that wasn't really the species "name". The new term they use is Duckbill, which makes less sense considering the naming schemes of the other species (and the fact they can't know what a duck is) but the name change might have come from "Bigmouth" sounding like an insult? Especially with the sequels seemingly aimed at progressively younger audiences.
      • "Swimmer" is also a case of Science Marches On as the dinosaur renaissance showed hadrosaurs were not actually well adapted for swimming.
    • In the first film, Littlefoot's mother refers to Ducky's species as a Swimmer as well (she specifically lists the four species that Littlefoot would later travel with, and says Swimmer instead of Bigmouth).
    • 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.
    • In the original film, "Sharptooth" was the name of the film's Big Bad. In the sequels, it becomes a general term for carnivorous dinosaurs.
  • Continuity Porn: As the first film in almost a decade, Journey of the Brave recaps the general plot of the first film and that of The Great Longneck Migration, as it revolves around rescuing Bron, who debuted in that film.
  • Convection Schmonvection: The animated series episode "The Canyon of Shiny Stones" is made of this trope (although they do, at least, remember that volcanoes produce choking smoke).
    • In VII Littlefoot and his friends escape the storm by entering the base of a volcano. What's worse is that they actually SLEEP in said volcano, and then get on a makeshift elevator that gets them to the top when the volcano erupts!
  • Cousin Oliver: Done with Chomper. Also Cera's niece and nephew, Dinah and Dana, as well as Cera's half-sister, Tricia.
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • The Mysterious Island is the first movie to actually show blood during a fight scene. Also the debate about whether Chomper will eventually turn on the main gang is treated very seriously and never really given a satisfactory outcome, with Littlefoot concluding that they simply live in "different worlds." Of course this particular point eventually gets overridden by the TV series...
    • Stone of Cold Fire is somewhat darker in tone than the other sequels, including a horrific flashback revealing that a herd of dinosaurs who followed Pterano were killed and eaten by raptors, and as such, Pterano is a much more personal foe to the adults than any villain faced before. The film also deals with the question of existence, the universe, and the unknown in a rather adult way.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Chomper's parents in The Mysterious Island are gigantic carnivores, but it's shown they are perfectly sentient, reasonable people when it comes down to it.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Bron explains to Littlefoot that he tried to look for a new home for his wife and unhatched son, but when he returned, the earth shake had come and his wife had died, and Littlefoot was nowhere to be found. After several days of searching with no success, Bron came across other abandoned young longnecks. So he raised them as his own. And soon more longnecks joined Bron, making him the leader of the longneck herd.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: From XII: "Many changes had occurred on this day of changes," as pointed out by MarzGurl.
  • Dirty Coward: Subverted. It seems that Rinkus is this but it's revealed he just played on along with Pterano's plans for his own ambitions.
  • *Drool* Hello: In the sixth film, although Cera's companions see the Sharptooth coming, she doesn't notice it (thinking it's a gag) until it starts to drool on her.
    Cera: (screams) Sharptooth drool!
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady:
    • People's first reaction to finding out Tippy from VIII is male was "So many Fan Fics suddenly got much, much gayer."
    • Rinkus's gender is never explicitly stated except for one very easy to miss use of 'mister' by Pterano when he's introduced and his name is pretty gender neutral, but for what it's worth, he's voiced by Rob Paulsen.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Mama and Papa Sharptooth especially in the second film.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Pterano, see above.
  • Everybody Cries: In Invasion of the Tinysauruses, Ducky, Petrie, and Spike all cry Tears of Remorse after shunning Littlefoot.
  • Evil Uncle: Petrie's Uncle Pterano in The Stone of Cold Fire complete with eyebags, long fingers, and an English Accent. Except for the killing bit, but he does kidnap Ducky... and then saves her in the end, so he's not evil. He's got his regrets.
  • The Famine: In the V, happens in the Great Valley after "swarming leaf-gobblers" devoured all the edible plant matter there.
  • Find the Cure!: When Grandpa Longneck is overcome with illness, this is what Littlefoot and company set out to do.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend:
    • Littlefoot mourns for his mom a good deal of the first film, but only mentions her a grand total of three times during the following twelve sequels, one of which is just a passing reference about not leaving him any siblings. Presumably the writers were uncomfortable about bringing up such a dark topic in a kid's series.
    • In the song "Always There" from The Land Before Time V, Littlefoot quotes from her.
    • She also got a big mention in The Great Longneck Migration when Littlefoot met his father, and appears in a flashback.
    • The opening prologue of Journey of the Brave recounts that "the perils of this world claimed Littlefoot's mother", and how Littlefoot's family was torn apart.
  • Genre Shift: Executive Meddling aside the first film was still pretty dark and serious. The sequels are lighter musicals-comedies, particularly so starting with The Wisdom of Friends, which fans tend to pretend never existed. Thankfully, with Journey of the Brave the sequels seem to be returning to somewhat bearable quality.
  • Goofy Feathered Dinosaur: The Land Before Time portrays yellow bellies (Beipasaurus) as scaredy-cat comic relief characters.
  • Hand Gagging: The egg-stealers do this to Littlefoot in the first sequel, briefly.
  • Help, I'm Stuck!: Spike is a frequent victim of this.
    • And in the second movie, Littlefoot gets his foot stuck in a tree trunk.
  • Imagine Spot: "Imaginary Friends", "Big Water", "Adventuring". It's quite uncanny.
  • Invited as Dinner: In the fifth film, the main characters are invited to dinner by their friend Chomper, a Sharptooth they befriended back in the second film. Chomper actually did mean the invitation to be a friendly get-together, but the main cast is understandably a little freaked out. A song ensues.
    Chomper: Friends for dinner, I'm gonna have friends for dinner...
  • Irony: In movie 6, Grandpa Longneck is thankful that "Sharpteeth aren't very smart". In real life, Sauropods (longnecks) are by far the dumbest dinosaurs and Theropods (sharpteeth) are by far the smartest.
  • Jerkass Ball: Nearly everyone gets this in Movie 11, particularly Cera (teases Littlefoot for his small size which leads to him accidentally knocking down the tree-sweets in the first place and later threatens her friends due to being angry about her father finding a new love).
  • Lame Pun Reaction: When they arrive at the Great Valley after a long trek, one of the egg-stealing dinos in the second film says that he's just "egg-xausted". His partner kicks him in the face in response.
  • The Lancer: Topsy is this to Grandpa Longneck, though on many occasions they seem to be equal in power.
  • Large Ham: Pterano, all the way! You can really tell Michael York had a great time voicing him.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to the original film. The lightness tends to go up and down depending on which sequel you're watching. In general, films 2-10 are the darker ones, with 2,4,5,7, and 10 being the darkest of those. Films 11-13 are much more light-hearted, featuring an almost sitcom tone about them. Film 14 goes back to the tone of the older sequels more or less, although not quite as dark as the darkest of them. The TV series is by far the lightest of the series, being aimed at pre-school aged children.
  • Lying Finger Cross: In IV, after Littlefoot leaves with Ali to the Land of Mists, Littlefoot's grandparents warn Cera and the others not to follow. Cera and the others do this gesture while saying that they won't go; Cera and Spike do it with their hind feet, while Ducky and Petrie play it straight.
  • Monster Threat Expiration: The majority of the Sharpteeth in the sequels aren't close to the threat the original was. Justified as the original was implied to be abnormally dangerous even by Sharptooth standards and according to the novel was actively malevolent and psychopathic whereas most of the others are simply trying to eat and thus more likely to back off if the heroes put up too much of a fight.
  • Music for Courage: After being stranded on an island, the main cast sings 'Always There', a song about their families, for comfort.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Chomper (see Carnivore Confusion above).
  • The Napoleon: Big Daddy the leader of the Tinysauruses—with the deep booming voice of Michael Clarke Duncan!
  • Never My Fault: Discussed when the adults reveal Pterano's backstory. When his followers are massacred by raptors, Pterano, being a pterosaur, is the only one who escapes the slaughter, and when he returns to the main herd, he repeatedly states that it wasn't his fault. This is less to do with his ego and more with his Survivor's Guilt and being traumatized, though. When Petrie points out that Pterano couldn't have known about the raptors, Grandma Longneck points out that a good leader has to accept the blame during bad times just as much as he deserves credit during good times.
  • Never Say "Die": Usually employed, but Journey of the Brave has the cast mention possibly being killed outright a few times. The opening poignantly makes mention of how "the perils of this world claimed [Littlefoot's mother]."
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The promo for The Land Before Time II makes you think the Sharptooth in the sequel is the Sharptooth from the original film.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Lampshaded by Mr. Thicknose in 8. He thanked a sharptooth for an adrenaline rush.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Extremely apparent by the point that the intended demographic has already grown up.
    • While the changes in Ducky and Cera character's voice actors could be seen (by someone who did not know of the change in cast) as their voices aging, Littlefoot's voice actor has had to change seven times because the voice actors kept reaching puberty.
  • Ode to Food: In The Land Before Time II, a villainous Struthiomimus sings about how much he likes eggs.
  • Off-Model: an unfortunate side effect from outsourcing to South Korea and Taiwan.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted in the case of the term "Sharptooth." Not only is it the name of the Big Bad of the original movie, the term is also used to specifically describe Tyrannosaurus Rexes, and is a general term for carnivores, meaning the following is a valid sentence: "Sharptooth is a Sharptooth, which makes him a Sharptooth." note 
  • Papa Wolf and Mama Bear: The parents of the five main characters, but also Chomper's parents. Notably, they were willing to enter the Great Valley to search for their child (whom Littlefoot and his friends accidentally brought in when trying to rescue another egg that Ozzy and Strut stole), and when they saw Chomper in danger, they made absolute certain that whoever harmed them paid in full, even doing so to members of their own kind.
  • Pet the Dog: Done by Chomper's parents in films 2 and 5.
  • Playing the Heart Strings: Both "Always There" and "We Will Always Be Your Friends" are moving songs that use string instruments to some degree.
  • Raptor Attack: Done in the third, seventh, and eleventh film.
  • Reality Ensues: Littlefoot, upon learning that Bron is his father, runs away crying. There might have been mitigating circumstances, but the fact of the matter is that from Littlefoot's point of view, he was basically abandoned after his mom died, so this longneck saying that "You remember all the trouble you went through in the first nine films? I could have helped you with that, but I didn't." He feels abandoned and betrayed, and it takes a while before he warms up to Bron.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Invasion of The Tinysauruses:
    • At the beginning of The Great Day of the Flyers, Petrie accidentally messes up during practice for the titular event and later that night, he gets chewed out by his angry siblings.
      Petrie's sibling 1: Petrie, you'll never get it right!
      Petrie's sibling 2: Yeah, you don't pay attention!
      Petrie's sibling 3: You flap your wings at the wrong time!
      Petrie's sibling 1: You go up when we go down, and you go down when we go up!
      All siblings: You're hopeless!
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: In every sequel but 11 (and technically 9 where it was just on their way to saving themselves) they broke the rule of staying in The Great Valley to save someone.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: The sequels, unlike the original movie, don't confine themselves to Stock Dinosaurs. Even relatively obscure species like Nothronychus and Yutyrannus get time in the limelight.
  • "Setting Off" Song: "Adventuring".
  • Sequel Hook: The fourth movie ends with the narrator stating that Littlefoot would definitely meet Ali again, but that was "another story". However director Roy Allen Smith left the series after that and Charles Grosvenor took over for the fifth movie. Whatever plans Smith might have had for Ali were never realized, and she wasn't seen or mentioned again until ten years later in the TV series.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • Sure they may not be living in the right place or the right time, nor do they look very realistic, but the variety (and obscurity) of some of the dinosaurs featured is quite astounding. It may be the most redeeming feature of the sequels.
    • Rather than sitting on Tricia's egg, Cera's parents incubate it by covering it with grass. It's theorized that this is exactly what certain dinosaurs did in real life (the fermenting vegetation would have warmed the eggs, not to mention the fact that a Triceratops would likely be heavy enough to crush its eggs if it tried to sit on them.)
    • Feathered dinosaurs appear from time to time, though they're not quite feathered enough.
    • Despite being an Oviraptor, Ruby doesn't have that dinosaur's Stock Animal Diet of eggs. She prefers to much on plants (and, in one episode, clams), making her an omnivore like her species was in real life.
    • The Triceratopses all have nearly accurate skin covering (the word "nearly" is in there due to the lack of quills), with crocodile-like scales on their bellies and thick armored scales on their backs.
    • An odd case; at one point in the seventh film, Sierra makes a paddling motion with one foot while carrying Ducky in the other. While this was definitely not something pterosaurs could do, it is behavior displayed by modern birds of prey when they're carrying particularly heavy loads in their talons.
    • The Liopleurodon is very accurately depicted, especially for the time the movie came out in (though it is closer in size to a Kronosaurus). Most dinosaurs in the series, including sharpteeth, have a stylized, cartoony look about them. The Liopleurodon does not, and looks like a real animal. The effect makes for a fairly threatening villain, even if it never gets to cause any real damage.
  • Sickening Sweethearts: Tria and Topps were apparently young and sappy together. Upon reuniting years later, they pick up immediately where they left off. There's giggling involved.
  • Slice of Life: While it keeps to the natural prehistoric environment of the original film, the sequels are much more of this. The sequels after 10 are especially guilty of this.
  • Suddenly Speaking: Spike in an episode of the TV series. Well, it's not so much actual talking as it is us hearing what he's thinking. And it only lasts for the one episode. In an earlier sequel, he yells Ducky's name... then never speaks again.
  • That Reminds Me of a Song: Part of the sequels' Lighter and Softer nature. Though most of the segues into songs are rather well done for children's movies, and at least they make the songs fit in with the story. Except for that bit in "Journey To Big Water" when Ducky comments that they should sing to pass the time. Cue an inferior rendition of "Big Water", a song from the fifth film.
  • Threatening Shark: The shark in Part V. Which results in one of the best action scenes of the sequels (better then that film's climax, actually).
  • True Companions: Constantly. Well summarized with the line, "We're a family and you're one of us now!" They change their tune pretty quickly when Chomper bites Cera's tail immediately after said song, but it's still a nice moment while it lasts...if you can get past the singing, that is.
  • The Starscream: Pterano's two lackies, Sierra and Rinkus, decide that Pterano has much too high of an opinion of himself and they don't like his more moral goals, so they intend to take the Stone of Cold Fire for themselves.
  • Vegetarian Carnivore: Chomper becomes one.
  • Villainous Badland, Heroic Arcadia: This is largely played straight in the first few movies, where the peaceful herbivores live in the lush and idyllic Great Valley, seemingly the only hospitable land left in the world, while the outside lands where the villainous carnivores live are wastelands of rock, deserts and tar pits. This falls by the wayside by later movies, however, as the outside lands come to be green, lush and with their own populations of peaceful dinosaurs, with the only inhospitable part remaining being the continuing presence of predators.
  • Villain Song: "Eggs" in the second, "When You're Big" and "Tough" in the third, "Who Needs You?" in the fourth and "Very Important Creature" in the seventh (Though the last one is more about how the villain sees himself as right and not a villain at all).
  • Visible Boom Mic: In the fourth film there is a visible microphone on a pole when Cera and Ali sing in the song, "It Takes All Sorts."
  • Vocal Dissonance: Spike finally talks in IV...but he sounds like the Aflac Duck, which, considering his appearance...isn't what you'd expect. Mercifully, he goes back to not talking at all aside from the occasional grunt. From a more charitable point of view, one could consider his voice to sound raw from disuse. When he talks again in VIII, his voice is sounding much more appropriate for him.
  • Was Too Hard on Him:
    • Time of the Great Giving has Topps realizing he has been this to Cera after watching how Hyp's father treats his own son.
    • In Invasion of the Tinysauruses, Petrie, Ducky, and Spike feel this way after giving Littlefoot both a "The Reason You Suck" Speech and the cold shoulder for lying to them, expressing through Tears of Remorse (coupled with Ocular Gushers). Cera then shows up and alleviates this by suggesting they go find Littlefoot and apologize to him.
    • In The Great Day of the Flyers, when Petrie's siblings get mad at him for ruining their practice for their flying, Guido steps in and try to tell them not to be so hard on him.
  • Wham Line:
    • From Journey Through the Mists:
      Spike: Du... Duck... DUCKY!!!
    • From The Stone of Cold Fire:
      Rinkus: (to Sierra about Pterano) Just be patient! Let him lead us to the stone...
    • From The Great Long Neck Migration:
      Grandpa Longneck: Littlefoot, [Bron] is your father!
      (Cue Littlefoot running away in tears)
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In Invasion of the Tinysauruses, after Littlefoot admits that he lied about the Tinysauruses destroying the tree-sweets, his friends (minus Cera) tear into him by giving him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech. Afterwards, said friends proceed to turn on each other over the way they treated Littlefoot, right before their moment of regret.

    TV Show 
  • Adults Are Useless:
    • Hoo boy. One episode has Spike trapped in a hole, so Mister Thicknose and Topps come to help. They spend so long arguing that the kids get Spike out themselves, then the two begin arguing over whose method would have gotten Spike out faster if they hadn't been arguing.
    • An episode where the gang eat a bunch of sweet fruits that were keeping the valley safe could have been avoided if the adults had shown the children where the trees were and said "These fruits smell bad to predators, they may look tasty but if we ate them predators could get in." Instead the adults look shocked that the children ate these amazingly important fruits... that they didn't know existed more than a few days ago.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: From "March of the Sand-Creepers", after Cera finally blows up at Scuttle for asking the Gang one favor too many.
    Cera: You have to go to the Great Valley!
    Scuttle: Why should I?
    Cera: Because without the other sand-creepers, WHO'S GONNA LISTEN TO YOUR DUMB STORIES?!
    Scuttle: (taken back) Well, you got me.
  • Continuity Nod: One of the strongest points about the show is that it's willing to bring up characters and events from previous films, showing that these characters and events did matter.
  • Doing In the Wizard: In one episode, the gang and Mr. Thicknose go off looking for a legendary dinosaur called "Hidden Runner", thought to be a super fast, carnivorous dinosaur that can instantly turn itself invisible. At the end of the episode, we learn that Hidden Runner is fast, but not super fast and his "invisibility" is actually his cryptically colored skin allowing him to camouflage himself. He kind of looks like a featherless Troodon.
  • God Guise: Happens to Spike in "Stranger From the Mysterious Above", where a colony of horned gophers believe him to be the "Big Wise One" from their legends.
  • Gone Horribly Right: In one episode, to stop Ali's friend Rhett from boasting, the kids stage a plan to make Chomper look extremely dangerous and fierce. While Rhett does get scared off, this leads his and Ali's herd to try and drive Chomper out of the Great Valley.
  • I Do Not Like Green Eggs and Ham: The episode where Chomper loses his tooth has a subplot where Tria takes Cera and some of the other kids to her secret mud pool. Cera is at first very unenthusiastic about sitting in mud all day, but when Tria urges her to give it a try, and she discovers that the mud is warm, she ends up liking it just as much as the others.
  • Informed Ability: Red Claw is stated to be the biggest and most dangerous Sharptooth around. Considering his accomplishments so far, including retreating from having fruit thrown at him, as well as the tone of the TV series, that is a status he will never live up to.
    • Some fans believe Red Claw is the original Sharptooth, somehow survived and given a scar from the boulder and dunking. If that was true, oh how the mighty have fallen. There's also the "biggest, meanest, most ferocious Sharptooth ever" from Secret of Saurus Rock, who showed his big mean ferocity by getting whipped by Doc.
  • Jerkass Ball: Ducky in "Search for the Sky Color Stones". Especially jarring since she never acts this way before or after.
  • Lighter and Softer: More so than the sequels.
  • Malicious Misnaming: With a bit of Accidental Misnaming, when Rhett confronts Littlefoot for questioning his bravery.
    Rhett: Oh, yeah, Littleneck?
    Littlefoot: My name is Littlefoot.
  • Musicalis Interruptus: In "Return to Hanging Rock", Ruby gets interrupted before she finishes singing "Feel So Happy".
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The episode "The Hidden Canyon" has the kids finding a canyon filled with delicious tree sweets that they scarf down. It's only after they eat a lot of tree sweets that they discover that the smell of them is rancid to Sharpteeth, and their eating the sweets is lessening the potency of the smell, thus making it easier for the Sharpteeth to enter the Great Valley...
  • Noodle Incident: How exactly the gang met Ruby and the Great Valley accepted Chomper is never shown.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: In "Search for the Sky Color Stones", Ducky uncharacteristically acts like a greedy hoarder when she finds many geodes to the point she no longer trusts her friends, who are clearly disturbed by this.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Cera, upon reaching her Rage Breaking Point from receiving one request from Scuttle too many, gives one to the crustacean who counters that with one of his own.
    Cera: That DOES it! Of all the mean and nasty, low-down creepy-crawlers!
    Scuttle: And you, lady! Your tongue is sharp as your horn and your heart twice as hard!
  • Remember the New Guy?: Ruby wasn't in any of the movies made prior to the series, and yet the others treat her like a long-time friend. Justified since the series take place after the movies prior, which gave the gang plenty of time to meet and know her.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: Often, and it rarely goes deeper than sad, mad, or glad. Considering the original movie's handling of boundless joy and crippling grief, this is a little jarring.
  • To the Tune of: Several songs in the show reuse the melodies of previous songs, whether from the movies or from the show.
  • Translation Convention: Averted in the episode where Chomper and one of the Fast Biters get trapped together. They both speak the Sharptooth language to each other, and there are subtitles at the bottom of the screen.
  • Would Hurt a Child: At one point, Ali's herd corners Chomper and make it very clear that they intend to kill him. He speaks up to say "please don't hurt me", they're stunned by this...and then they decide to kill him anyway.
  • You Can Talk?:
    • Ali's herd reaction to Chomper saying "Please don't hurt me."
    • This is also the gang's reaction to Scuttle being able to speak their language, unlike the other crabs.


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