Sharpteeth throughout the seriesEdit
Main Article: Sharptooth (character)
In the first entry of the Land Before Time series, there was one particular Sharptooth, a male Tyrannosaurus rex, who served as the main antagonist of the film. He is most notable for killing Littlefoot's mother, and surviving multiple deadly situations.
Main Article: Chomper
Chomper is a young Tyrannosaurus, who was hatched in the Great Valley by the main characters, in The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure. He reappeared in The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island, and again as a main character in the television series. He is friendly to herbivores, due to having been hatched by some, and therefore was accepted into the Great Valley after being pursued by Red Claw and his Fast Biters (see below).
Next to Sharptooth himself and the infant Sharptooth Chomper, Chomper's parents are the most prominent Sharpteeth in the series. They appear in the films in which their son is featured. Chomper's parents are never given names. For reasons unknown, they never appeared to show any affection towards each other, aside from the Fifth Movie, where it seems that Chomper's Father was checking up on his wife after throwing the Plated Sharptooth off the cliff for wounding her. However, they have generally only been shown in times of conflict with Leafeaters or other Sharpteeth, and much of their private life is unknown.
Redclaw, Screech & ThudEdit
These are the latest recurring Sharpteeth and are the first Sharpteeth since Chomper to have been assigned names. They have appeared only in the TV series. Red Claw, a ''Tyrannosaurus rex'', is said to be the meanest Sharptooth of all. He is identified by the long red scar extending from his left eye down to the side of his body and arm to his claw. Screech and Thud are Fast Biters (Utahraptors), and are Red Claw's lackeys.
Main article: Meanest Sharptooth
The Meanest Sharptooth is the legendary Tyrannosaurus rex that the Lone Dinosaur once defeated. He was knocked off a cliff. Some believe that this Sharptooth was the Tyrannosaurus that fought Doc and Grandpa Longneck with the Allosaurus at the film's climax. Others believe that this might be the Sharptooth from the original movie, as their coloring is similar, as is their reputation. Another theory is that it's the Original Sharptooth's brother.
Many Sharpteeth appear throughout the series, though they are portrayed more as random wandering predators than proper characters, none of them possessing the single minded ferocity and seeming invincibility of the original. Although they are often percieved as mindless killers, being called "cowards" and "not very bright" by Bron and Grandpa Longneck respectively, The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure revealed that Sharpteeth are indeed sentient like the rest of the dinosaurs and that they even form loving families. Chomper, however, does acknowledge the difficulty of friendship between herbivores and carnivores due to their differences. Furthermore, in The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island, Sharpteeth are shown to be just as intelligent as other dinosaurs but simply speak a different languange consisting of roars and growls.
Chomper is the only bilingual Sharptooth in the films and TV show, as he is able to speak his own native language, and that of the herbivorous dinosaurs. The language of Sharpteeth appears to be made up of roars, growls and snarls. These are deep, loud, sometimes high-pitched and thunderous. While the language of the herbivores, as they are the protagonistic creatures in the series, is heard as English to the audience, the Sharptooth language has never been directly translated, although sometimes a caption translating their dialect is shown at the bottom of the screen. The only instances to date in which this has been done are The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island, in which throughout the film, the conversations between Chomper and his parents are captioned, and in the television episode "Escape From the Mysterious Beyond", in which the conversation between Chomper and Thud, the Fast Biter, is captioned.
Development of termEdit
After the first movie, the term "Sharptooth" was extended to theropods in general. Tyrannosaurids, Dromaeosaurids (Fast Biters), Spinosaurs, Allosaurs, Coelurosaurs, Carcharodontosaurids and Sinraptorids have been referred to as "Sharpteeth", later the franchise the term was extended to different predatory animals than just simply theropod dinosaurs. One in particuliar is a "Flying Sharptooth" which is coined for primarliy Pterosaurs that had sharpteeth and ate meat, but is soon later extended including the mythical Dragon and the term "Swimming Sharptooth" was coined for a shark and later extended to include a Liopleurodon and other sea creatures that ate meat such as a barracuda or Mosasaurus.
- By far, the only sharpteeth to have their names revealed are Chomper, Screech and Thud, Redclaw, and Sharptooth himself (though Sharptooth is probably not his real name).
- Frank Welker - Tyrannosaurus (I-V), Dimetrodon (possibly) Unquillosaurus (III), Velociraptors (III), Giganotosaurus (V), Sharptooth Flyer (VI), Allosaurus (VI), Deinonychus (VII), Albertosaurus (VIII), Swimmer Sharptooth (IX), Belly Dragger & Sharpteeth (X), Utahraptor (XI), Spinosaurus (XII, TV series), Baryonyx (XIII)
- Danny Mann - Allosaurus (TV series)
- Pete Sepenuk - Red Claw (Tyrannosaurus) (TV series), Screech (Utahraptor) (TV series)
- Rob Paulsen - Thud (Utahraptor) (TV series)
- Scott Menville - Sharptooth Mom (Utahraptor) (TV series)