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The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island

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Director  Charles Grosvenor
Film series  The Land Before Time
Country  United States
6/10 IMDb

Genre  Animation, Adventure, Family
Language  English
The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island movie poster
Release date  December 9, 1997 (1997-12-09)
Based on  Characters by Judy Freudberg Tony Geiss
Writer  John Loy (screenplay), Judy Freudberg (characters), Tony Geiss (characters)
Directors  Charles Grosvenor, Roy Allen Smith
Music director  James Horner, Michael Tavera
Cast  John Ingle (Narrator / Cera's Father (voice)), Brandon Lacroix (Brandon Lacroix), Aria Noelle Curzon (Ducky (voice)), Rob Paulsen (Spike (voice)), Anndi McAfee (Cera (voice)), Jeff Bennett (Petrie / Mr. Clubtail (voice))
Similar movies  Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs, More Dinosaurs, Dinosaur!, Journey to the Center of the Earth

The land before time v the mysterious island 1997 movie review

The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island is a 1997 direct-to-video animated adventure musical film produced and directed by Charles Grosvenor. This is the first film in the series in which Anndi McAfee voices Cera, Aria Noelle Curzon voices Ducky, and Miriam Flynn voices Grandma Longneck. It is also the only film in which Brandon LaCroix plays Littlefoot; it is the first in which Thomas Dekker provides the singing voice for Littlefoot.


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The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island movie scenes

After a swarm of "leaf-gobblers" devours all of the plants in the Great Valley and reduces it to a barren wasteland, the inhabitants leave to find another place where they can survive until the plants in the Great Valley have regrown. However, the leaf-gobblers have left a path of devastation behind them, leaving no food for the dinosaurs to find. After searching for many days, tension enters the group as Cera's father and Littlefoot's grandfather argue over changing their course, which starts a fight between Littlefoot and Cera. The fight soon breaks up when Cera's father declares that each herd should go its own way the next morning.

The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island movie scenes

Not wishing to be separated, Littlefoot leads his friends away from the adults during the night, intending to find food before they are found missing. They leave a trail for the grownups to follow, and eventually reach the "Big Water". Although they are disgusted by the saltwater, they see a verdant island connected to the mainland by a thin land bridge. On their way, an earthshake occurs, causing it a tsunami that they narrowly escape. They quickly tuck into the plentiful bounty of the island, but are then horrified to discover the tsunami has destroyed the land bridge.

The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island movie scenes

Isolated on the island, they try out Cera's idea to return to the mainland by using a log as a boat. The plan initially works well, despite Cera suffering seasickness and Petrie being too terrified of the Big Water to act as lookout. However, a Cretoxyrhina attacks, and in the confusion and fright that follows, they end up on the island again. That night, they remember their families, while the herd, who discovered the children were missing and followed the trail, sleep on the beach on the mainland, worrying for their safety.

The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island movie scenes

The next morning, the children wake up to the shadow of a Sharptooth. They take off, but find themselves cornered by high cliffs. They huddle together when the Sharptooth approaches, only to find that it is Chomper, a young Sharptooth who hatched in their care before returning to his parents, and who has learned how to talk like the children. Chomper hides the children from his parents in foul-smelling plants, and provides them with leaves upon their request. However, an overcautious Cera openly distrusts Chomper because he is a Sharptooth, which saddens him, and he departs. Littlefoot follows him and apologizes, but is interrupted by Chomper's mother. Littlefoot watches as she nuzzles Chomper, then leaves, and is intrigued by her display of love to Chomper.

Meanwhile, a Giganotosaurus living on the island finds and chases the children. Chomper and his parents intervene, and they battle the Sharptooth near the edge of the island. The Sharptooth eventually falls into the Big Water and takes Chomper with him, much to his parents' shock. Littlefoot dives in to save Chomper while the Sharptooth is swept away by the current. An Elasmosaurus named Elsie appears, saving Littlefoot and Chomper from drowning. She returns them to the island, where Chomper's parents promise never to harm the children. Cera realizes and accepts that not all Sharpteeth are so bad and monstrous as she thought. Elsie offers to take them across the sea, so Chomper and his parents bid them farewell, promising to see them again. When back on the mainland, the children find that the herd found a lush, green, little sanctuary on the shore to stay in until the Great Valley becomes fertile again.

Voice cast

  • Brandon LaCroix as Littlefoot
  • Thomas Dekker as Littlefoot (singing voice)
  • Anndi McAfee as Cera
  • Aria Curzon as Ducky
  • Jeff Bennett as Petrie / Mr. Clubtail
  • Rob Paulsen as Spike
  • Cannon Young as Chomper
  • Kenneth Mars as Grandpa Longneck
  • Miriam Flynn as Grandma Longneck
  • Christina Pickles as Elsie
  • John Ingle as Narrator / Cera's father
  • Tress MacNeille as Ducky's Mother / Petrie's Mother
  • Songs

  • Big Water - Ducky, Petrie, Littlefoot and Cera (Aria Noelle Curzon, Jeff Bennett, Thomas Dekker and Anndi McAfee)
  • Always There - Ducky, Petrie, Littlefoot, Cera (Thomas Dekker, Anndi McAfee, Aria Noelle Curzon and Jeff Bennett)
  • Friends For Dinner - Ducky, Petrie, Littlefoot, Cera, Chomper (Thomas Dekker, Anndi McAfee, Aria Noelle Curzon Jeff Bennett and Cannon Young)
  • Soundtrack

  • "If We Hold on Together" (instrumental)
  • "Whispering Winds"
  • Home video release history

  • December 9, 1997 (VHS and laserdisc)
  • December 1, 1998 (VHS and laserdisc, the last laserdisc release - Universal Family Features)
  • December 4, 2001 (VHS)
  • April 1, 2003 (DVD)
  • December 2, 2003 (VHS and DVD - 4 Movie Dino Pack (Volume 2) and 9 Movie Dino Pack)
  • February 1, 2005 (DVD - 2 Great Movies Featuring Chomper)
  • Reception

    Denise Lanctot of Entertainment Weekly gave the film an "A" and praised the "first-class orchestral score" and its "tail-thumping" songs.


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