The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure

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The Land Before Time II:
The Great Valley Adventure
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Directed by Roy Allen Smith
Produced by Roy Allen Smith
Written by John Loy
John Ludin
Dev Ross
Based on characters by
Judy Freudberg
Tony Geiss
Starring Scott McAfee
Candace Hutson
Heather Hogan
Rob Paulsen
Linda Gary
Kenneth Mars
John Ingle
Jeff Bennett
Tress MacNeille
Narrated by John Ingle
Music by Michael Tavera
James Horner (archive music from The Land Before Time)
Edited by Jay Bixsen
Production
company
Distributed by MCA/Universal Home Video
Release date
  • December 26, 1994 (1994-12-26)
Running time
73 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure is a 1994 American direct-to-video animated adventure musical film directed by Roy Allen Smith, is the animated sequel to the 1988 film The Land Before Time. It was released six years after the original and the first in the series to be a direct-to-video.[1] The tone, action and plot of the film was made much softer and slower than that of the original, and features musical numbers, in order to appeal to a more preschooler-oriented audience. After the release of this sequel, all the films in the series have been released at a rate of one film every one or two years, up until 2007's The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends, when franchise production was halted until 2016, when The Land Before Time XIV: Journey of the Brave was released. Candace Hutson return here from the first film.

Plot[edit]

A short time after the events of the first film, Littlefoot and his friends are living happily in their new home in the Great Valley, under their families' watchful eyes. One day, the gang attempts to get to the sheltering grass to play, but land in the sinking sand surrounding it. The grownups come and save them, and afterwards chastise them for crossing the sinking sand without help. The following night, Cera calls the others over for a secret meeting, informing them that they need to prove they are adults and suggests running away for a while into the Mysterious Beyond, a location just outside the Valley. Before they leave, they notice two Struthiomimus egg nappers, Ozzy and Strut, stealing an egg from Ducky's nest and chase them into the Mysterious Beyond. During an ensuing landslide, the five are sent to the Mysterious Beyond, while the egg rolls safely back to the nest. In the Mysterious Beyond, the five discover another, larger egg and mistake it for the original. And it is not a Saurolophus egg.

The gang transports the egg into the Valley, and despite finding the original egg back in Ducky's nest, they decide to hatch it. The egg eventually hatches, revealing a baby Sharptooth. While the others flee, Littlefoot quickly realizes that he is not yet dangerous, and tries to raise the hatchling on leaves; though this fails, the hatchling, whom Littlefoot names "Chomper", becomes content with a diet of insects. He then hears the others calling for help, as the vengeful Ozzy and Strut are attacking them. He runs to their aid, but Chomper's shadow ultimately frightens Ozzy and Strut away. Littlefoot exchanges introductions between Chomper and the others. They accept him as part of the group until he bites Cera by instinct. Chomper is told that this is considered bad behavior in the Great Valley, and runs off as a result. When the others follow him, they find him chasing insects on top of the Smoking Mountain.

At the Smoking Mountain, Ozzy and Strut attack the children again, but Chomper once more comes to the rescue, biting Strut's tail. At that moment, the volcano erupts, lava slowly oozing in the children's path. Littlefoot pushes a tree over a canyon to make a bridge for the others, though Ozzy and Strut fall into the canyon while attempting to cross it themselves. Once across, the group encounters two adult Sharpteeth on the other side. They escape them initially, but encounters go on and off for a while. Eventually the whole Great Valley population drives the sharpteeth off, and the kids make it back to their families, but Chomper feels left out and runs away again. After fighting the Sharpteeth off, the adults inquire as to how they entered the Valley, prompting the children to explain their adventure the night before and the landslide that resulted. Realizing the landslide created an opening used by the Sharpteeth to gain access to the Valley, the adults set off a plan to close the entrance for good, telling the children to stay behind.

Littlefoot runs off into the forest to find Chomper. After finding him, they are chased by the two Sharpteeth again. They are cornered by the Sharpteeth when Littlefoot gets his foot trapped in a rotting log. Chomper roars at them, and they recognize him as their son and leave with him. Littlefoot frees himself from the log, but winds up getting captured by Ozzy and Strut, who survived the fall into the canyon. Chomper hears Littlefoot screaming as Ozzy and Strut attempt to drop him off a cliff, and goes to intervene, but is unsuccessful. Then, Chomper's parents rescue him and Littlefoot, chasing Ozzy and Strut into the Mysterious Beyond. After they say their final goodbyes, Chomper follows his parents while Littlefoot returns to the Valley, later assisting the adults in sealing up the entrance between the Valley and the Mysterious Beyond. Finally, it is closed forever; that way the sharpteeth are never going to go back in again. Afterwards, Littlefoot tells his grandparents that being young is not so bad after all, but decides he still looks forward to growing up.

Voice cast[edit]

Songs and soundtrack[edit]

The songs are written by The Roches. This was the film that introduced the musical element into the series and it has consistently remained ever since. This was also the first time Spike "sings"; his lips can be seen moving during "You're One of Us Now".

Also, even though the film features an original score by Michael Tavera, it contains musical cues from James Horner's score of the original film. Tavera has been the main music composer for the sequels ever since.

Production[edit]

In July 1993, Universal Cartoon Studios announced that a direct-to-video sequel to The Land Before Time was in development. A release date was not set at that time.[2]

Home video release history[edit]

  • 1994 (VHS and laserdisc)
  • 1995 (VHS) (UK)
  • 2001 (VHS)
  • 2002 (DVD)
  • 2003 (VHS and DVD - 4 Movie Dino Pack (Volume 1) and 9 Movie Dino Pack)
  • 2005 (DVD - 2 Great Movies Featuring Chomper)
  • 2016 (DVD) DVD pack featuring all 14 films

Reception[edit]

In August 2014, the New York Post ranked each of the 13 Land Before Time films released up to that point and placed The Great Valley Adventure at number 5. The New York Post wrote that out of each film, The Great Valley Adventure "does the best job of maintaining some of the darker tone of the original movie while broadening its humor for younger audiences. But it's also responsible for introducing the musical format, so, boo."[3] In 2011, Total Film ranked it as 7th among the "50 Worst Kids Movies".[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Cawley (27 March 2007). "Direct-to-Video Sequels: Franchised and Fancy Free". Animation World Network. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  2. ^ Sandler, Adam (14 July 1993). "U Cartoon arm moves focus to kidvid titles". Variety. Retrieved 4 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Miller, Gregory E. (13 August 2014). "A rundown of the best and worst 'The Land Before Time' movies". New York Post. Retrieved 4 December 2016. 
  4. ^ Winning, Josh (November 8, 2011). "50 Worst Kids Movies". Total Film. GamesRadar. Retrieved October 24, 2015. 

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