The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure is a film in the The Land Before Time series. It is the first of many animated sequels to the original film, The Land Before Time. It was released direct-to-video on December 13, 1994; six years after the theatrical release of the first. After this sequel's release, all the films in the series have been released at a rate of one film every one or two years, up until The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends, when production of further sequels was halted. The franchise has made a comeback however, with the release of 2016's The Land Before Time XIV: Journey of the Brave.
The Great Valley Adventure focuses on the experiences of the characters Littlefoot, Cera, Ducky, Petrie and Spike, after they have arrived in the Great Valley. The characters feel frustrated by their parent's attentiveness, and decide to temporarily run away from home. They encounter dinosaurs who feed off of eggs, after a mishap involving a kidnapped egg, end up accidentally taking the egg of a Sharptooth to the Great Valley where it hatches. The tone, lighting and plot of the film was made much softer than that of the original, in order to appeal to a younger audience.
The film's reviews were considerably set back, when compared to the critical reaction to the original The Land Before Time. Still, most of the critics believed The Great Valley Adventure to be good for young children. Perhaps in part due to the popularity of the character Chomper, this movie has been released to VHS, laserdisc and DVD many times over since its original 1994 video release. To this day it is considered by all if not by most fans to one of the best The Land Before Time sequels of its time.
English Voice Cast
Candace Hutson, in the role of Cera, is the only voice actor from the original The Land Before Time to resume her role for the sequels, with Gabriel Damon (Littlefoot) replaced by Scott McAfee, Judith Barsi (Ducky) replaced by Heather Hogan, Will Ryan (Petrie) replaced by Jeff Bennett, Pat Hingle (The narrator) replaced by John Ingle, Burke Burnes (Mr. Threehorn) replaced by John Ingle, and Bill Erwin (Grandpa Longneck) replaced by Kenneth Mars.
- Scott McAfee as Littlefoot
- Candace Hutson as Cera
- Heather Hogan as Ducky
- Jeff Bennett as Petrie/Ozzy
- Rob Paulsen as Spike/Strut/Chomper
- Linda Gary as Grandma Longneck
- Kenneth Mars as Grandpa Longneck
- John Ingle as the Narrator/Topsy
- Tress MacNeille as Mother Maiasaura
- Tress MacNeille as Mama Swimmer/Mama Flyer/Grandma Longneck (two shots only)
- Frank Welker as Papa Sharptooth/Mama Sharptooth
Japanese voice cast
- Minami Takayama: Littlefoot
- Rica Matsumoto: Cera
- Satomi Kōrogi: Ducky
- Yūji Mitsuya: Petrie
- Sailor King: Spike
- Ikue Ōtani: Chomper
- George Nakata: Topsy
- Urara Takano: Petrie's Mother
- Hideyuki Umezu: Strut
Note: The Japanese voice actors are appearing so far.
The children have made it to the Great Valley, and are living a peaceful and playful life under the watch of their families. However, they eventually decide that they don't want to be treated like helpless hatchlings any longer, and try to prove themselves independent by temporarily running away into the Mysterious Beyond.
Meanwhile, two egg nappers named Ozzy & Strut have shown up in the Great Valley, and have stolen an egg from Ducky's nest. The gang find this out, and chase them into the Mysterious Beyond, where a landslide occurs during the pursuit. Both parties remain relatively unharmed, but Littlefoot fears the egg got smashed. Ducky starts to cry, until she notices the egg in tact - and larger than before. The five work together to bring it home again, but find that it was there all along.
They stand around it, waiting for it to hatch and planning how they will take care of it. When it hatches, they run away in fear upon realising that the egg contained a baby sharptooth. Littlefoot gets hurled back to the infant when he runs into a vine in the forest, and he realises the baby isn't so dangerous after all. He names him Chomper because of the noise he makes when eating the dragonflies he catches, and heads off for a moment to ask his grandparents how to look after a baby.
As he is continuing to teach Chomper how to function, the others get attacked by Ozzy and Strut, who are angry at them for interrupting their dinner the night before. Littlefoot hears their cries, and runs to help, while Chomper follows. Chomper's shadow makes him appear like a large sharptooth, which scares the egg nappers off. Everyone else then sees that he's nice, and welcome him into the Great Valley - until he bites Cera's tail out of instinct. Cera then dismisses him, but Littlefoot tries to direct him on the right path and explains that that's not allowed in the Great Valley. He feels hurt, and heads off to one of the smoking mountains, where he chases more dragonflies. The others try to get him down from there, while Ozzy and Strut are trying to get an egg from a flyer's nest. The children's voices alert the mother, who scares the duo off. Fed up this time, they try once more to harm the children, and find out that Chomper's a baby.
The egg-stealers chase them, but Chomper once more saves them and they are able to get away from the the two Struthiomimus. Just then, two adult sharpteeth show up and enter the Great Valley by means of an opening caused by the landslide. Everyone in the valley is alarmed, and a local battle breaks out, with even the children participating somewhat. The sharpteeth are defeated, and the adults question how they got in. Cera then explains what happened the night before, and they go off to fill up the entrance; telling the kids to stay behind.
Chomper, who realizes that Littlefoot & Co are not his parents, runs off sadly. Littlefoot remembers Chomper, and runs off to find him. When he does, the lighter coloured sharptooth (the female) comes and attacks them. As they are running, Littlefoot falls into a rotten log acting as a bridge along a canyon, and gets his leg stuck. Both sharpteeth show up then, and when Chomper roars at them, they realise who he is - their son. A lot of nuzzling and licking ensues, and the family then walk off together. Littlefoot, once out of the log, however, gets caught by the egg nappers, who then take him to a cliff to throw him off. Chomper and his parents come along, when they hear Littlefoot's cries, and chase Ozzy and Strut into the Mysterious Beyond.
Back at the opening, the children get to be present, and Littlefoot even gets the honor of flinging a large stone at several loose rocks on a ledge up above. As the rocks fall down, covering up the hole, the herd returns home and resumes their peaceful life in the Great Valley. Littlefoot then realises that being young is not so bad after all, but decides he still looks forward to growing up.
On June 18, 1994, Billboard Magazine announced in its "Video Newsweekly" section that MCA/Universal planned to release the first of three direct-to-video sequels to the 1988 Don Bluth movie The Land Before Time. The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure was to be released in late December that year, while the next two sequels were still being produced. Andrew Kairey, the senior vice president of sales and marketing for MCA/Universal, said that the project would mean "rolling the dice", but included that the company was putting a full effort into the development, adding "In comparison, it's very much like the original. We need to come out with something that's so good that not only will customers like and buy this one, but they'll like and buy two others as well." MCA/Universal also planned a large marketing campaign for The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure.
Rotten Tomatoes critic Steve Rhodes considered this movie not as compelling or imaginative as the original had been, and that the main villains were very setback, although he thought that the character Chomper was quite creatively designed, and made for an adorable show stealer. Rod Gustafson of Parent Previews said that the film was not as well animated as the Don Bluth original had been, but was still enjoyable and better-developed than most direct to video sequels to movies were. British journalist MJ Simpson called it a "weak film"; citing its animation as "unremarkable", and saying that the movie's message about tolerating those with different lifestyles didn't work well because it used a character trying to fit in with members of a group from whom he would kill, to maintain his lifestyle. While he pointed out that the concept of a carnivore being friends with certain herbivores while retaining his natural diet was not unheard of, it would not work in a sustained environment consisting purely of herbivorous creatures, such as the Great Valley. He also criticized the songs, but included that his eighteen-month old child, TF Simpson, only paid attention to them, and ignored the rest of the film. Simpson gave more positive reviews on the comedy involving Ozzy and Strut; particularly the scene where Chomper's shadow frightens them away, and the scenes following the arrival of Chomper's parents, which he described as "almost exciting fights".
The movie has received a current rating of 50% at Rotten Tomatoes.com, along with two reviews labelling it "fresh" and two labelling it "rotten". Its current rating at IMDB.com is 5.1 stars out of 10, based on 1933 votes.
The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure was originally released direct-to-video on VHS and laserdisc on December 23, 1994. It was released on VHS and laserdisc again on May 13, 1997, in The Land Before Time Collection. It was released on both devices once again on Universal Family Features on May 19, 1999; marking its final laserdisc release. Three years later, on December 4 2001, it was released on VHS again. Its first release on DVD was on December 10, 2002. Its second DVD release and final VHS release were on December 2, 2003, on the 4 Movie Dino Pack (Volume one) and the 9 Movie Dino Pack. It was released to DVD for the currently final time in 2 Great Movies Featuring Chomper, on February 1, 2005. In the year of its first release, Universal Studios also published a book simply titled "Land Before Time 2: Great Valley Adventure".
The film aired on HBO for the first time on January 1, 2009, right after the original film The Land Before Time. Both films later aired on HBO Family on January 4, 2009. For some reason, those airings of the film appeared to be heard in a high pitch rather than its corrected pitch, probably like its PAL counterpart in selected international counteries. It was also shown on HDNet Movies along with some of the following sequels in December 2010. That airing of the film was heard in a correct pitch (like its NTSC counterpart).
- Disney Channel (1995-2004)
- Toon Disney (1999-2004)
- Cartoon Network (1999-2001, 2004-2008)
- HBO (2009-2010)
- HBO Family (2009-2010)
- HDNet Movies (2010–2015)
- Sprout (2016)
- STARZ (2016-present)
References in media
- The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure is referenced on page 38 of Video, Kids, and Christian Education: How to Use Video in Your Christian Education Program by Russell W. Dalton, where it is described as a useful film for teaching children to honor their parents, and to acknowledge that the parents know what is best for the children.
- The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure is referenced on pages 256-257 of Donald Glut's 2001 book, Jurassic Classics: A Collection of Saurian Essays and Mesozoic Musings, where Glut opinionates that a "better" sequel to The Land Before Time, based on a more paleontologically correct plotline, would feature an overpopulated Great Valley, with most of the vegetation consumed and the residents in famine.
The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure was the first of the movies in the Land Before Time franchise to feature a musical element. Since then, every one of the movies has featured at least three lyrical songs, with two containing four.
The songs are written by The Roches.
- 1: Genesis C
- 2: If We Hold On Together (instrumental)
- 3: Bedtime
- 4: Sharptooth Encounter (Original), an unavailable theme, cannot be found online or in the soundtrack released by Michael Tavera
- 5: Sharptooth and the Earthquake (reused from the original film)
- 6: Whispering Winds (reused from the original film)
- 7: The Rescue/Discovery of the Great Valley (reused from the original film)
- 8: Ozzy & Strut
- 9: The Valley
- The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure has a lot in common with The Lost World: Jurassic Park:
- Both are the first sequel to the original film and second installment of their franchise.
- Both include a Tyrannosaurus family (Chomper and his parents, The Tyrannosaur Buck and Doe and their infant).
- The protagonists of both films care for a baby T. rex until its parents come searching for it (Littlefoot and his friends for Chomper, Dr. Ian Malcolm and his team for the infant T. rex).
- The adult tyrannosaurs go after the protagonists for their young (Chomper's parents chase Littlefoot and his friends in the Great Valley in search of Chomper, The Tyrannosaur Buck and Doe follow their infant's scent to the trailer of Malcolm and his team, whom they chase on the island; the Buck later chases Malcolm and his girlfriend, Sarah Harding throughout San Diego in an attempt to be lured back to the ship with its infant).
- The antagonists of both films are defeated by the T. rex after threatening their young (Ozzy and Strut by Chomper's parents who chase them out of the Great Valley after strangling Chomper, Peter Ludlow by the infant T. rex after attempting to recapture it when the Buck traps him in the ship and makes him the infant's first kill).
- In the Japanese version of this film, Chomper's voice is provided by Ikue Ōtani, the voice of Pikachu in Pokémon.
- A verse from the opening song states "We finally found a peaceful valley and everyone's having a good time now!" This indicates that this film takes place only a short time after the first film. That may or may not indicate that the creeping Egg-stealer/Struthiomimus seen in the end credits of The Land Before Time is Ozzy.
- Because Chomper is so young, he has done things onscreen other Sharpteeth haven't. Chomper is so far the only Sharptooth who has eaten on-screen (a dragonfly in this film), and is the only Sharptooth to have directly injured one of the original five (when he bites Cera).
- This was the first time Spike "sings"; his lips can be seen moving during You're One of Us Now.
- Chomper has several speaking roles in this film; as Littlefoot tells him to get ready to pull the vine to knock down a Sharptooth, he says "Okay". He also says "Huh" several times during the film. In the scene where Chomper bites Cera, he makes a sound similar to "What did I do?" after Littlefoot calls him off.
- In the song "Eggs", Ozzy refers to himself as a Struthiomimus, the scientific name of his species; whereas in the Land Before Time films and TV series, this species and others similar are usually referred to as "egg stealers", "egg nappers", or "claw-hands".
- Also, one verse of Peaceful Valley, in the end/credits, has the word "sun" in it, where in most other references to the sun the use the words "Bright Circle". The beginning of the song has the word cloud in it, where in all other references to clouds use the words "Sky Puffies". Finally, the word "dreams" is used twice in the song, although the characters usually refer to dreams as "Sleep Stories", but only in the later films.
- The opening sequence depicts asteroids and meteoroids impacting the Moon during the time of the dinosaurs. In reality, the Late Heavy Bombardment Period (the time in history when a majority of lunar craters were formed) occurred 4-3.8 billion years ago.
- The Land Before Time is Universal's second animated film to become a franchise after An American Tail.
- This is Universal's first ever direct-to-video film.
- According to the end of the credits, the film was dedicated to the memory of Robert Blattner, III. In addition, it said "Dedicated to the Memory of Robert Blattner, III Thank you for your wisdom & inspiration".
- Sometimes the characters' color scheme gets lighter and then returns to its normal darker shade in the next shot.
- One example of this is when Grandpa Longneck says "The Valley is a wonderful place to grow up."--the folds of skin underneath his eyes are dark grey, much like the rest of his skin color. In the next shot, the folds go back to their regular dark navy blue color.
- When Petrie's mom goes to distract the female Sharptooth, she has the same color scheme as Petrie, but in the next shot, she's back to her usual blue and black color scheme.
- In one scene when the gang is looking for Chomper, if you pay enough attention you'll see Littlefoot is walking on mid-air.
- Due to a voicing error, Grandma Longneck is voiced by Tress MacNeille in two shots; one when she exclaims "Egg nappers?" as Cera tells the truth to the herd about how two Sharpteeth went into The Great Valley and one when she asks "Any ideas?" to the herd as they walk to the Great Wall to close it down.
- Characters who reappear in later sequels/TV series episodes:
- Chomper's parents
- One-off characters
- Species introduced in this movie:
- Cera: I suppose you all got the same lecture I did?
- Littlefoot, Ducky, Petrie, Spike: Hmm-mm.
- Petrie: Me too young to wander far.
- Ducky: We are not grown up and should remember it.
- Littlefoot: There are many dangers. I should always be careful.
- Cera: Don't hang around with longnecks, big faces, and spike tails. [the others stare at her blankly]
- Cera: Well, it was... mostly the same lecture.
:Ducky: Let's play! Let's play!
- Littlefoot: Not it!
- Ducky: Not it!
- Cera: Well, I'm not it.
- Petrie: Me not it either.
- Ducky, Littlefoot, Cera, Petrie: Spike's it!
:Cera: That wasn't any fun at all.
- Ducky: Yep, yep. No fun at all.
- Petrie: Boring.
- Littlefoot: So what do you want to do now?
- Spike: [muttering very pathetically] I don't know.
- Ducky: I know! I know! We can go to the Sheltering Grass... and play Sharptooth Attack! [Ducky immitates Sharp Tooth as the others laugh]
- Cera: No way! Not if I have to be the Sharptooth again!
:Cera: You guys are all just a bunch of eggs!
:Cera: If we stop them, the grown-ups won't treat us like babies anymore.
:Cera: There's five of us and only two of them! What could go wrong, hmmm?
[Ducky falls into a pit screaming]
- Littlefoot: Ducky!
- Cera: Don't worry. I got her.
- Ducky: You mean I got you! (giggles)
:Ducky: Hello, baby brother or sister.
:Cera: He bit me! Chomper bit me!
- Littlefoot: It's okay, Cera. I'm sure Chomper didn't mean it. [Cera indicates Chomper]
- Cera: You call THIS not meaning it?
[Ducky's stomach growls]
- Ducky: My tummy is making it's hungry noise again.
- Petrie: My tummy talk too. [stomach gurgles] It say, "Feed me."
:Petrie: Good shot, Ducky!
- Ducky: Thank you, Petrie.
:Ozzy: [singing] I'll even kiss you
- Strut: [Surprised] Kiss me?
:Strut: [singing] Ozzy, what's the matter with a little vegetation?
- Ozzy: I've had it up to here with this aggravation
- Strut: Well, can't I have this piece of a tree?
- Ozzy: Why can't you be more like me? You leaf-loving
- Strut: Hey!
- Ozzy: Bush-burping, stem-smelling, garden-gorging
- Strut: Wait a minute!
- Ozzy: Plant-popping, tree-tasting, dirt-devouring beast
- Strut: Ozzy!
- Ozzy: You've got to have eggs, thrice a day at least
:Cera: Psst! Littlefoot. Littlefoot, wake up.
- Littlefoot: Huh? Cera? Where are you?
- Cera: Here.
- Littlefoot: Where?
- Cera: Here.
- Littlefoot: What are you doing here?
- Cera: Shh! Quiet.
- Littlefoot: What's the matter?
- Cera: I can't sleep. It's important. We gotta talk.
- Littlefoot: Now?
- Cera: Shh! Yes, now. Scared of the dark?
- Littlefoot: I'm not scared.
- Cera: Then, come on. Let's get the others.
:Cera: What's a "chomper"?
- Ducky: It is his name silly. [laughs]
:Strut: But Ozzy, I'm tired. And I'm hungry. I'm how they say, "Egg-xhausted".
Ozzy: Leaving so soon? But you haven't had your baths!
Petrie: Me no need a bath. Me had one just yesterday.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Billboard magaizine, dated June 18th, 1994. Page 53, of Vol. 106, No. 25, ISSN 0006-2510 Published by Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 
- ↑ Steve Rhode's review of The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure. www.rottentomatoes.com - Steve Rhodes' review Retrieved on April 2nd, 2008.
- ↑ Parent Previews.com critic Rod Gustafson's review of The Great Valley Adventure www.parentpreviews.com Retrieved on April 2nd, 2008.
- ↑ British journalist MJ Simpson's review of The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure, on his official website. Retrieved on December 4th, 2008.
- ↑ Rotten Tomatoes.com's synopsis for The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure. www.rottentomatoes.com Retrieved on April 2nd, 2008.
- ↑ The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure at the Internet Movie Database.
- ↑ Annie Awards' ceremony of 1995, on the Internet Movie Database Retrieved on January 8th, 2009.
- ↑ Google book search page for: Land Before Time 2: Great Valley Adventure. Retrieved on January 8th, 2009.
- ↑ Video, Kids, and Christian Education: How to Use Video in Your Christian Education Program, By Russell W. Dalton, Firelight Bible Learning Curriculum. Edition: illustrated. Published by Augsburg Fortress, 2001. (ISBN 080666410X/ISBN 9780806664101). Page 38. Retrieved on May 29th, 2009. 
- ↑ Jurassic Classics: A Collection of Saurian Essays and Mesozoic Musings by Donald F. Glut, Edition: illustrated. Published by McFarland, 2001. (ISBN 0786409614/ISBN 9780786409617) Pages 256-257. Retrieved on May 29th, 2009.