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Episode 71: The Land Before Time – Fellowship of the Tree Star

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The Rotoscopers kick off our Dinos & Dragons series by reviewing Don Bluth’s 1988 classic The Land Before Time!


  • Main Discussion: The Land Before Time (1988)
  • We just right into the the commercials and merchandise of this film. Pizza Hut birthday commercial and Pizza Hut puppets, anyone?
  • The Land Before Time beat out Oliver & Company!
  • This movie is the epitome of childhood epitome.
  • Originally started as “Bambi with dinosaurs.” Why do the animated mother’s always have to die?
  • Props to Don Bluth for his stunning hand-drawn effects like bubbles, tar, egg shell fragments, lava, rain, and, of course, the classic Don Bluth sparkle.
  • 9 minutes of cut footage, mostly of sharptooth attacks scenes.
  • Mason Conspiracy Theory: Littlefoot is a jinx.
  • Many themes in this film: segregation, dealing with loneliness,
  • Listener Twitter Question: How important was The Land Before Time to your childhood?
  • We rate it!
  • Mail bag: Joshua, Tony, Abbi, Lauren, Adam, Robert, Dan, Brooks, Andrew.
  • Don’t forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #DonBluthDazzle when talking about this episode on Twitter!

Runtime: 1:27:59 84.5 MB


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About Morgan Stradling

Morgan is a native of Arizona and is a desert rat who loves the heat--she doesn’t even turn on the AC in her car in the middle of the summer! She loves big eyeliner, Survivor, Lady Gaga, and, of course, animated films. She has her MBA in Marketing from ASU and now works as a Product Manager for a tech company. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.