Hyp, originally voiced by Whit Hertford and later by Michael Kelley, is a character in The Land Before Time films and TV series. He is an adolescent Hypsilophodon, and first appears in The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving. Due to insecurities about his family life, he tends to bully younger children, especially the main characters of the series, in order to feel stronger and braver, and because of this he serves as the main antagonist later protagonist of the film. He reappears in the TV episode "The Great Egg Adventure", and is once again a bully. Like the film, the episode manages to give him some developement, although it is unclear at this point if it will truly stick.
Role in the series
Hyp is an adolescent Hypsilophodon who lives in the Great Valley with an unnamed father (whereas, Hyp seems to have no mother). He would frequently bully other dinosaur children, with his favourite victims being the main characters Littlefoot, Cera, Ducky, Petrie and Spike.
He first appears alongside his two friends Mutt and Nod, in The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving, while interrupting a game Littlefoot and the others are playing, and taunts them for their smaller size. Later he explains in song that he believes that being older than Littlefoot gives him the right to be mean to them and do the wrong things. He pushes Nod right into Littlefoot who was in the river with his friends hurting him and He and his friends flee when they are discovered by Cera's dad and Littlefoot's grandfather who are watching them causing them both to argue over to their kids and wasting water. His father later apologizes to Littlefoot's grandfather and grandmother over his actions and leading Cera's dad to insult Littlefoot. Upon being reminded by Littlefoot and Cera that although he currently larger than them, they will be the larger ones when they are grown up (this is completely correct, given that Hypsilophodon was one of the smallest of all herbivorous dinosaurs), Hyp's hatred towards them is only intensified.
During the water shortage that follows, Hyp schemes to hoard all available water he finds for himself (and, to a lesser extent, Mutt and Nod). He tries unsuccessfully to stop the main characters from telling the grown-ups about a pond they have found only to get chase away by a wasp which Mutt accidentally insults, and, after it is discovered that rocks are blocking the Thundering Falls' origin point in the Mysterious Beyond, Hyp convinces Mutt and Nod to accompany him to head there and be the first to drink from it.
In the Mysterious Beyond, Hyp almost dies when he jumps into what he thinks is water but is actually a tar pit. Mutt and Nod prove incapable of assisting him (arguing over on which of them must save him), but Littlefoot and the others arrive and save him by pulling him out. His father then arrives along with Cera's dad and Littlefoot's grandfather and Mutt's father who are looking for them and spots him hiding behind Littlefoot and his friends and scolds him for putting himself in danger and bullying Littlefoot and his friends.
Hyp is depicted as an abusive bully with antisocial tendencies. His anger at the notion of Littlefoot being bigger than him when they both grow up suggests he is insecure about being of a small species. His strict and authoritative father is also implied to be a factor in his bad behaviour. Regardless of his tendency towards bullying, Hyp is capable of being helpful and considerate, if not somewhat edgy.
Although Hyp is the most intelligent member of his gang, it is implied that he is still somewhat naive. He says at one point in The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving he intends to prevent Littlefoot and the others from ever growing up, suggesting that he intends to kill them. However, when explaining his intentions to Mutt and Nod after they fail to catch the drift, he states that he merely intends to hurt them, implying that he assumes he can beat the children up badly enough to stunt their growth.
Hyp's character design was modified in "The Great Egg Adventure". In "The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving", the character is coloured a cold, stoney gray, and drawn with a large jutting chin and a lantern jaw, deep frown lines and dark eye bags, evidently so as to appear bitter and intimidating. In "The Great Egg Adventure", he is coloured a warmer shade of gray, and has smoother facial features, possibly to reflect the character's slight change in attitude (despite his aforementioned relapse).
- His name is spelled "Hip" in the Land Before Time book, We Did It Together.
- He had square teeth in the third movie and triangle teeth in the TV.
- In terms of personality, Hyp, & his pals Mutt & Nod are similar to the egg thieves in the previous film.