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The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers
Directed by Charles Grosvenor
Produced by Charles Grosvenor
Written by John Levoy
Narrated by John Ingle
Starring Nick Price
Anndi McAfee
Aria Curzon
Jeff Bennett
Rob Paulsen
Tress MacNeille
John Ingle
Camryn
Manheim
Kenneth Mars
Nika Futterman
Susan Blu
Ken Stacey
Windy Wagner
Rob Trow
Voices
Music
Cinematography
Editing
Distributor Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Release date(s) December 6, 2006 (Australia)
February 27, 2007 (United States of America)
March 26, 2007 (United Kingdom)
Released (Japan)
Released (Italy)
Running time 81 min.
Country United States
Language English (original language)
Japanese
Italian
Portugese (Brazil)
Danish
Finnish
German
Malaysian
Dutch
Spanish
Swedish
French (Quebec, Canada)
Budget
MPAA Rating
Preceded by The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses (2004)
Followed by The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends (2007)
IMDb profile


The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers is the twelfth film in the Land Before Time series.

Voice Actors

English Voice Cast


Japanese Voice Cast

Note: The Japanese voice actors are appearing so far.

Plot

The Day of the Flyers, an important event for the Flyers in the Great Valley, is approaching, and free-style Petrie is having trouble flying in formation with his siblings. His friends try to help him, but a "fuzzy" newcomer named Guido gives the most helpful advice - that it's always best to just "be yourself". No one has ever seen anyone else like Guido, and when the gang tries to figure out what kind of dinosaur he is, their questions lead them on a journey to the Mysterious Beyond!

Reception

Parenting Magazine called The Great Day of the Flyers "Uplifting and adorable!", but Disney Family.com's critic Nancy Davis Kho said that while the film can stimulate discussions between parents and children about peer encouragement and the arrival of younger siblings, and while the songs are also very uplifting, they "almost make Barney songs sound sophisticated". She also believed that the film was slow-paced, and that Petrie's broken English might encourage children to speak that way.[1]

Rating

The film was rated G by the MPAA. It was also rated G in Canada and in Australia.

List of ratings:

  • Australia: G
  • Brazil: Livre
  • Canada (Alberta): G
  • Canada (BC/SK): G
  • Canada (Ontario): G
  • Canada (Manitoba): G
  • Canada (Maritime): G
  • Canada (Quebec): G
  • Canada (Home Video): G
  • Denmark: A
  • Finland: K-3
  • Germany: o. Al.
  • Ireland: G
  • Italy: T
  • Japan: U
  • Malaysia: U
  • Netherlands: AL
  • Spain: T
  • Sweden: Btl
  • United Kingdom: U
  • United States: G

Production

The project was announced on August 8, 2005 along with The Land Before Time TV series. It was the first sequel in the series to be filmed in widescreen and the first to be filmed in the high-definition format, although the Region 1 DVD was in full screen (cropping the left and right of the image), though not pan and scan as the camera stays directly in the center of the image. Like other television shows filmed in high-definition (such as American Idol, Father of the Pride, Curious George, and Out of Jimmy's Head) and other films filmed in high-definition (such as The Proud Family Movie, Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry, Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy?, and High School Musical), the monitor the animation team would have worked from would have 16:9 and 4:3 safe areas so that the full screen version would not crop off too much of any important visual elements (such as characters). However, the previous film The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration was matted to anamorphic widescreen on DVD in Israel.

This film was originally subtitled The Day of the Flyers, but the word "great" was added to the subtitle, due to the Flip, Flap and Fly music video mentioning the current subtitle.

This was the first time the Universal Studios website notes this film as a "tween film".

The same production team remains, with Charles Grosvenor as director and producer. It was produced by Universal Animation Studios and distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment. It was the first film in the series to use the 2006-present Universal Animation Studios logo.

This was the second film in the series to contain slow-motion after The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration; as Littlefoot jumps off the falling tree, he is very slow until he lands on the cliff.

Skip Jones, who is credited for character animation, also animated the characters in the original Land Before Time around 19 years earlier. Most of the animation in this film is by the Wang Film and Cuckoo's Nest studios in Taiwan (the animators for the most recent sequels), so only a small portion of his work is seen.

Music

The music score was composed by Michael Tavera and Kyle Kenneth Batter with additional music composed by Billy Martin. This was the second film in the series without James Horner's original score from the first film (the first was The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration), although Michael Tavera's older themes from the previous sequels can still be heard in this film.

This was the sixth time Spike sings; his lips can be seen moving when the rest of the gang sings One of a Kind. It was also the first film in the series to end with the ending music from The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire since The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water.

Songs

The songs were written by Michele Brourman and Amanda McBroom.

Flip, Flap and Fly music video preview

To help promote the film's release, the three-minute Flip, Flap and Fly music video was shown in theaters during early screenings of Curious George. It can be seen on the Curious George and PollyWorld DVDs as one of the opening previews. It was never included on the film's disc. The final version of the sequence seems to be different from the music video by using alternate scenes, such as ones that didn't make it to the video, for example, the shot that reveals that the little green flyer was the egg that got lost throughout the song. Also, the music video included some shots that were not in the film. Instead, the whole Flip, Flap and Fly scene just ends with all flyers flying in a formation.

Cultural References

  • The title for the song "Flip, Flap and Fly" is a parody of the song "Flip, Flop and Fly" from Chicken Run.
  • Tap-dancing feet of an egg during the song "Flip, Flap and Fly" are similar to Happy Feet.

Trivia

Adult stegosauruses had not appear in this movie the same thing with the 2007 movie The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends.

Goofs

  • Strangely, when Cera crosses the log while singing "Things Change", the whites of her eyes turn blue This could be or not be an error, since it represents tears in her eyes.
  • After the flyer's "best practice flight ever", Petrie's voice is replaced by one of his siblings when his mouth moves and says "Guido, come on!"
  • The Spinosaurus in this film has only two fingers in each palm, while real Spinosauruses has three.
  • When Grandpa Longneck says "If only Grandma was here to see this" after Topps falls into the mud, his lips don't move, and when Littlefoot says to the gang "We better go" his lips also don't move.

Character Debuts

Releases

International

The film was released on the PAL anamorphic widescreen DVD in Australia on December 6, 2006.[2] It was released on DVD in the United Kingdom on March 26, 2007.[3]

Airings

The film was originally intended to air on Cartoon Network in the United States on February 25, 2007, two days before its DVD release, but Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase re-aired instead. Also, it was once intended to re-air on Cartoon Network in the United States on February 27, 2007, which is the film's release, but The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island re-aired instead.

Region 1

It was released on DVD in the United States and Canada on February 27, 2007.[4][5] When the DVD release happened on February 27, 2007, a Wal-Mart Exclusive DVD 2-Pack with two episodes of The Land Before Time TV series was also released to promote the Cartoon Network airing of the TV series in the United States.[6]

Bonus Features

  • Petrie and Guido's Flying Game
  • Guido's Sleepwalking Adventure
  • Sing-Along Songs
  • Dino-Mite Read Along

Home video release history

  • February 27, 2007 (DVD)

Credits

  • The film starts with the Universal Studios logo. When the jingle ends, the globe stops and the "Universal" text spins away by going left. After the jingle ends, all countries move, re-forming into the prehistoric continent called 'Pangaea' (the setting of the films) and the camera zooms into the Earth.
  • The Universal Animation Studios logo, seen after the end credits for the film, contains cue music instead of its original music because the end credits are too short to end the song Flip, Flap and Fly.

References

  1. Nancy Davis Kho's review on The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers, at Disney Family.com family.go.com Retrieved on April 23rd, 2008.
  2. The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers - Universal Pictures Australia Retrieved on April 22nd, 2008.
  3. Amazon.co.uk: The Land Before Time 12 - The Great Day Of The Flyers: DVD: Charles Grosvenor Retrieved on April 22nd, 2008.
  4. The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers - Universal Studios - NBC Universal Store Retrieved on April 22nd, 2008.
  5. Universal DVD - Library Favourites Retrieved on April 22nd, 2008.
  6. Land Before Time: The Great Day Of The Flyers (Exclusive), The (Full Frame) - Wal-Mart Retrieved on April 22nd, 2008.

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Preceded by:
"The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses"
The Land Before Time film series Followed by:
"The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends"


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