Littlefoot is a young Long Neck dinosaur traveling with his grandparents and mother to The Great Valley, a lush paradise safe from the severe drought that plagues the rest of the planet. But when an earthquake strikes, Littlefoot is left to fend for himself against all manner of prehistoric perils. Somehow he must make it to The Great Valley and reunite with his family. Along the way he makes new friends who prove invaluable in his journey.
The Land Before Time was produced by master animator Don Bluth, the same person that brought us such children’s classics as The Secret of NIMH, An American Tale, and All Dogs Go to Heaven, among many others. Although, in my humble opinion, Bluth’s films are just as good as Disney’s in terms of narrative power and music production, Bluth’s studio was simply unable to compete with the Disney behemoth and folded shortly after the commercial failure of Titan A.E. in 2000. And yet, Bluth’s legacy is a series of remarkable films that were a Sunday afternoon staple for those of us who grew up in the ’80s and ’90s.
As of this blog post, Bluth is crowdfunding a new film on Indiegogo called Dragon’s Lair Returns.