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The Land Before Time is widely known to the public in many ways, in quite a few positive and negative. In one way however, it is known for its rather low-end animation quality. It is not uncommon for the sequels and (especially) the TV series to have animation errors; some minor, others downright egregious. This article is dedicated to listing every animation error that has occurred in The Land Before Time franchise, in order of which they first occur.

Animation errors in the films

The Land Before Time

  • In the scene when Littlefoot and Ducky first meet Petrie, Littlefoot appears with blue eyes in one shot.

The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure

The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving

  • In a scene early on in the film, before the issue regarding the Thundering Falls arises, two Brachiosaurus appear, however they curiously have no head crests and have fairly short necks. They are currently identified here as Opisthocoelicaudia.
  • During the scene where the grownups are arguing over water, Mama Flyer is briefly seen with her son, Petrie's coloring.
  • After "Standing Tough", Daddy Topps is shown in one shot with a missing hind leg before the scene transitions to the next.
  • During the song "Kids Like Us", two very odd-looking reddish-brown creatures can be seen. They look like hybrids of a Stegosaurus and an Ankylosaurus. They are currently identified here as Tuojiangosaurus. In the same scene, an off-model Stegosaurus can also be seen. It is currently identified here as a Loricatosaurus.
  • During the final battle, the Velociraptor keep changing sizes, from being the size of a real life Deinonychus to the size of the series' Achillobator; in one extreme instance, a raptor is shown as the size of a large theropod.

The Land Before Time IV: Journey through the Mists

  • During the scene where the Old One and her herd arrive in the Great Valley, an oversized model of Cera briefly appears in the crowd. It is currently identified here as a Montanoceratops.
  • In the same scene, Mama Flyer briefly appears with the colors of her son.

The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island

  • In the scene with the duckbill skeleton, a Brachiosaurus is seen having a long, black stripe on the back of its neck instead of a single black spot.
  • During one scene in the argument about whether or not the herds should split up, a strangely small model of the franchise's Iguanodon briefly appears. It is currently identified here as a Rhabdodon.
  • In the chase with the Cretoxyrhina, the shark has a number of errors. When it dives down into the water, it does not have sclerae nor irises, only pupils. When it bursts out of the water right before it bites the log the gang are on, it has black sclerae and white pupils. In a couple of shots, it also has no irises.
  • During the scene where Littlefoot catches Ducky after she falls from the clutches of the Sharptooth Flyer, Littlefoot's back is colored the same color green as Spike.
  • When the Plated Sharptooth attacks Littlefoot from behind, his eye bags are missing. This happens again when he corners the gang at the edge of the island.
  • Before the Plated Sharptooth leaps across the ditch to reach the children, there is weird skin growth coming out of his snout. The growth also appears on one of his brow ridges.
  • During one shot in the sharptooth fight, the Plated Sharptooth's snout changes from green to the same color of tan as his underbelly. The bags under his eyes are also not visible yet again.
  • During one shot in the gang's trip across the ocean, Elsie's dark green back markings disappear.

The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock

  • During the scene where Grandpa Longneck admonishes Daddy Topps for being extremely rude to Doc, Grandpa Longneck has Grandma Longneck's coloring.
  • On three different occasions, the Allosaurus is accidentally (though correctly) depicted with three-fingered hands, though throughout most of the film, it has two. Also, in the first instance, the Browridge Sharptooth also seems to have four fingers on his right hand. As well, in the third instance, the sharptooth's head seems to be more rough than his head normally is and is missing his pupils.

The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire

  • During one scene where the Far Walkers are walking to the Great Valley, an Apatosaurus louisae seems to have purple eyes instead of the usual white, and a Corythosaurus in the background is nearly as big as two Brachiosaurus.
  • During the scene where the far-walkers arrive, a Prosaurolophus is depicted with scutes like a Spiketail. It is identified here as a Scelidosaurus.
  • During the discussion of the stone after Littlefoot tells everyone about it, two odd-looking sauropods can be seen. They have the bodies of a Brachiosaurus but have the head of an Apatosaurus louisae, making it an animation error. It is currently identified here as an Euhelopus.
  • During the scene with the rainbow faces, Ducky's Mother is about the same height as Grandpa and Grandma longneck.
  • During the scene where the grownups tell the Gang the story of Pterano, Grandma Longneck is briefly depicted with Grandpa Longneck's coloring.
  • During a shot of Pterano's herd in the flashback scene, one Maiasaura member has a more pronounced bump on its forehead than the typical appearance of the genus in the franchise. It is currently identified here as a Prosaurolophus.
  • For one frame during the vine-crossing scene, Cera's eyelids change to the same color orange as the rest of her body.
  • During the song Good Inside, the back parts of Petrie's wings aren't colored in when he holds Ducky's hands.
  • Also during Good Inside, Cera's frill has an extra white bump on it.
  • Near the end of the film, when Pterano's sentence is reduced to five cold times, an off-model tan Stegosaurus ungulatus appears in the crowd. It is currently identified here as a Chungkingosaurus.

The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration

  • In two scenes, Camarasaurus is shown in the colors of other longneck species. The first error happens in the sleep story scene and has the longneck having the color of a Rebbachisaurus. The other error later in the movie shows it having a similar color to a Brachiosaurus. They are identified here as a Dicraeosaurus and Jobaria respectively. Also during the sleep story scene, a tiny model of the franchise's Brachiosaurus passes by with the other sauropods.
  • During one shot in the forest scene, a Brachiosaurus is depicted with the colors of a Camarasaurus. It is identified here as an Astrodon.
  • Strangely, in one scene where the Green Sharptooth lunges at Grandpa Longneck, she has a green tooth for about a frame.
  • During the sharptooth fight scene, there is an infamous shot wherein the Orange-Brown Sharptooth is colored green, and the Gray Sharptooth is colored orange-brown.
  • Also, seconds later, the Green Sharptooth and the Orange-Brown Sharptooth have their colors switched around.

The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses

  • Just before the 'Creepy Crawlies' song begins, a rainbowface is shown with extremely bright red eyes for a few frames, rather than the usual dull orange.
  • During the 'Creepy Crawlies' song, a close-up of a rainbowface depicts it with a green muzzle, rather than a peach one.
  • During one shot, the eyes of one of the Fast Biters changes from red to yellowish orange. This could simply be the result of the lighting, however.
  • In another shot during the tinysaurus/sharptooth chase, the eyes of both of the fast biters turn yellow.
  • At the end, when all of the residents of the Great Valley are gathered around the Treesweet Tree, a giant Tinysaurus, a creature known for being tiny, can be seen among the crowd. It is identified here as a Bellusaurus.
  • An infamous animation error shows two fast biters as residents of the Great Valley, with the colors of rainbowfaces, around the residents near the Treesweet Tree. They are identified here as Unenlagia.

The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers

The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends

  • In one scene, Cera's pupils briefly become extremely large before she falls into the river. Later on in the film, her sclerae turn green and her irises turn white when she instructs Littlefoot to "tell them one of your wisdoms."
  • During the song Say So, Littlefoot's right eye briefly becomes transparent. Spike's chin is also briefly colored the same color green as the rest of his head.
  • During the scene where Cera asks the Yellow Bellies where their herd is located, Petrie's eyes briefly flash brown.
  • There's a rather unusual error that occurs multiple times throughout the movie, wherein the Hookthumb Sharpteeth are occasionally drawn as Tyrannosaurus

The Land Before Time XIV: Journey of the Brave

  • In the opening scenes, a giant model of the franchise's Camarasaurus can be seen. It is currently identified here as a Dreadnoughtus.
  • On two different occasions, the Horned Sharptooth is correctly, though accidentally, depicted with four fingers, the first instance on his right hand for a few seconds, and the second instance on his left hand for a couple of frames.
  • It is unknown as to if it is an error or not, but the animators seem to take a nod to the Carnotaurus, whose name means "meat-eating bull", by connecting its horns together for about a second.

Animation errors in the TV series

Opening

  • The iris of Red Claw's yellow eye briefly flashes to green before the lightning strikes.

The Cave of Many Voices

  • During the scene where Red Claw's shadow looms over the family of Limusaurus, the mother is briefly depicted with teeth, a feature she doesn't have throughout the rest of her appearance.

The Mysterious Tooth Crisis

  • During the scene when Petrie is giving Chomper back his tooth which he saved, Chomper has four fingers on each hand when he reaches out to grab the tooth.

The Great Log Running Game

  • During one shot in The Great Log Running Game, Chomper is briefly depicted with a dark blue snout instead of a light blue one.
  • This is an infamous scene where, in the climax of the episode, Cera gets washed down the fast water, toward the Roaring Falls. Her dad, Littlefoot, and Spike go to rescue her. While Topps is pushing a large rock to block off her from falling down the waterfall, instead of Spike standing next to Littlefoot, Cera is shown next to him.

The Brave Longneck Scheme

  • During two shots, the colors of Old One briefly change to the colors of the rest of her herd.

The Meadow of Jumping Waters

  • In a short scene in a flashback, Chomper has red sclerae, similar to a pre-art shift Tyrannosaurus.
  • When Screech and Thud are pursuing the children, Thud's hand claws appear green.

Escape From The Mysterious Beyond

  • In one shot, Cera is correctly, though accidentally, depicted with two brow horns. One of her eyes is also strangely green.

The Hidden Canyon

  • In the scene where the grown-ups are gathering the children and forming a blockade to stop Screech and Thud, there is a very large Pachycephalosaurus that is almost as large as Grandma Longneck.
  • During one shot when the grown-up blockade scene zooms in on Daddy Topps and a Triceratops prorsus, the Triceratops prorsus is briefly depicted with Tria's model instead of its normal one.
  • During one shot when the grown-up blockade scene pulls away from Daddy Topps and the Triceratops prorsus, Daddy Topps' entire body is colored the same color black as his back and the colors of two Apatosaurus louisae change to the same colors as Grandpa Longneck.
  • During one shot when the Great Valley Civilians are attempting to figure out how Screech and Thud got into the Great Valley, a Triceratops prorsus is briefly depicted with huge eyes.
  • In one shot when Littlefoot is looking at the battle wondering what to do to help, Red Claw has three fingers on each of his hands.
  • Shortly after the previous error, when Littlefoot is looking at the treesweets, some of his tail is colored the same as his underbelly, and Chomper is correctly (though accidentally) depicted with two fingers.
  • For a few frames, a curious error is made, wherein Grandpa has red sclerae instead of white when he is about to knock away Thud. This happens for a few frames.
  • During the scene where Grandpa Longneck and Daddy Topps are pushing rocks to block the Hidden Canyon, Grandma Longneck is briefly seen with Grandpa Longneck's coloring.
  • During the scene with the meeting at the Rock Circle, a curious error is made in which a model reserved for young longneck characters, such as Littlefoot and Ali, is applied to an adult longneck. It is identified here as an Amphicoelias.
  • Aside from the oversized longneck child, several other dinosaurs seen at the meeting at the Rock Circle have animation errors. The crest of one Corythosaurus fades in and out of the frame, while another appears to be floating. An Ankylosaurus is seen fused into a wall, while another is facing in the completely wrong direction. The left foot of an Iguanodon is fusing into the foot of an Apatosaurus louisae right next to it. Oversized models of Cera and Spike can also be seen in the crowd, with the model even being mis-colored in Cera's case. The Cera model is currently identified here as a Protoceratops. Even Red Claw can be seen in the background.

The Legend of the Story Speakers

  • During two shots just before Grandpa Longneck sings his version of Remembering, his black back stripe disappears.
  • During Grandpa Longneck's flashback to his time as a story speaker, he is briefly depicted as an Apatosaurus louisae before changing to his model without the black back stripe, before changing back into his normal model.

The Lonely Journey

  • At the beginning of the episode, Chomper passes by a pair of Ankylosaurus that lack the spikes on their sides. They are identified here as Pinacosaurus. In the same scene, one of two baby Saurolophus appears to be a shrunken-down version of an adult, instead of looking like Ducky.

The Missing Fast-Water Adventure

  • In one shot, a Saurolophus is depicted without its characteristic head crest.

The Spooky Nighttime Adventure

The Lone Dinosaur Returns

Stranger From the Mysterious Above

  • In one scene, a pair of sauropods appear to be scaled up versions of the model used for young longnecks, like Littlefoot and Ali. They are currently identified here as Europasaurus.

The Forbidden Friendship

The Amazing Threehorn Girl

  • During one scene, a Camarasaurus is briefly depicted as bipedal and with a short neck. It is identified here as an Altirhinus. Later on in the same episode, another Camarasaurus is briefly depicted with huge eyes.
  • In one scene, a Lambeosaurus is accidentally depicted with no eyes. Later on in the same episode, another Lambeosaurus is depicted with a flopped-over crest.
  • In one shot, a Camarasaurus is briefly depicted with the colors of a Lourinhasaurus.
  • In one shot, a hadrosaur with the colors of the franchise's Camarasaurus briefly appears. In the same shot, the crest of a Parasaurolophus is extremely thick , a Corythosaurus lacks its back stipe, an extremely off-model Saurolophus appears, and one Lambeosaurus is more detailed than the other. The bipedal hadrosaur is identified here as a Bactrosaurus.
  • In one shot, a Rainbow Face appears, marking the only time the species appears in the TV series. However, it is quite clumsily drawn; it has a very fat beak, four fingers per hand, green stripes, a short neck, and no brightly colored markings on its snout.
  • In one shot, an Apatosaurus ajax is briefly depicted with the colors of the franchise's Apatosaurus louisae.
  • When Cera is telling her story to some Valleydwellers, there is a Camarasaurus present, but in some shots, the Camarasaurus is replaced by a Lourinhasaurus.

The Hermit of Black Rock

  • During one shot, a Lourinhasaurus is briefly depicted with a very short neck. It is currently identified here as an Isanosaurus.
  • During one shot, the gang are depicted as being the same size as the adults, Grandpa Longneck's coloration changes to a more faded blue, and Daddy Topps' head's coloration changes to the same color gray as his body.

March of the Sand Creepers

  • In one shot, miscolored models of Doc and Dara and a Lambeosaurus with a miscolored crest appear as part of the crowd attempting to force the Sand Creepers to leave.
  • In two shots in March of the Sand Creepers, two Saurolophus are briefly depicted as being the size of some of the franchise's sauropods.
  • In one shot, Mama Swimmer's nose is briefly depicted as being the same color brown as the rest of her head.
  • During one shot, two diplodocids are seen cheering after the departure of the Sand Creepers. Due to the fact that they lack the darker areas on their face and back, they are likely the result of a minor animation error. They are currently identified here as Tornieria.

The Great Egg Adventure

  • In one shot, an error happens where the sclerae of the Sharptooth Mom turn white, though they are supposed to be red. She also lacks a killing claw on both of her feet.