12 Amazing Facts You Probably Never Knew About The Land Before Time!

The Land before Time is a wonderful animated film from the 80s and tells the story of Littlefoot the dinosaur as he travels with his new-found friends to discover a land of plenty as the World is changing. In the process he loses his mum in one of the most memorable and moving scenes of the era and one that introduced a generation of children to the feeling of loss!

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Let’s take a look back at this classic film with some facts about The Land Before Time that you probably didn’t know…

1. One of the actors had a tragic fate

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In a very sad turn of events, Judith Barsi who played the voice of Ducky was tragically murdered by her father four months before the film was released, she was aged just 10 at the time.

2. There was an homage to the film on her headstone

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In reference to the film and the character that she played, Judith Barsi’s headstone had Ducky’s famous line in the film, “Yep! Yep! Yep!” on her headstone.

3. The film had a very good pedigree

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The film had a power-house couple producing it in George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, so it had a very good backing from the start.

4. Not many other films can claim this

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Outside of The Land Before Time, the Indiana Jones films are the only ones produced by both Spielberg and Lucas, making it a special production!

5. The film could have been very different

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George Lucas and Steven Spielberg initially wanted the film to have an orchestral score and no dialogue, similar to the Rite of Spring sequence in Disney’s Fantasia.

6. They had a re-think

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After discussing this as an option, it was felt that the film would be more appealing to children if it had voice acting in it, so decided to have it as a more traditional animated film.

7. The film was almost a lot darker

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The original cut of The Land Before Time was about 10 minutes longer, but Steven Spielberg and George Lucas insisted that scenes involving mild peril or distress to the main characters when facing the Tyrannosaurus Rex were cut to stop kids getting upset and parents getting angry!

8. This didn’t go down well

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Don Bluth was reportedly very unhappy with this move and it made The Land Before Time one of his shortest films as a result.

9. Bluth put up a fight

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Don Bluth put up a fight to keep the scenes in the film, but Spielberg and Lucas wouldn’t relent so Bluth ultimately had to give in to the pressure and remove the offending scenes.

10. The original cut may still exist!

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There are rumours that Don Bluth still has the original cut of the film, but these have never been proven and it is unclear if this cut will ever be seen.

11. There have been a couple of sequels

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The Land Before Time has, to date, had a massive 13 sequels made, making it one of the longest-running series of animated films out there!

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12. The first film is unique in the series

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Out of the 14 films in the series, the first The Land Before Time is the only one that is not a musical, as the rest all feature musical numbers during their run.

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Are you a fan of The Land Before Time? If you watch it over now, do you still cry at the death of Littlefoot’s mum? Let us know all of your thoughts about this wonderful film in the comments as always!