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The Land Before Time XIV: Journey of the Brave is the fourteenth installment in The Land Before Time series. It was released on February 2, 2016. [1]

Voice actors

Character debuts

Plot

Littlefoot, a young Apatosaurus living in the verdant Great Valley, is eagerly awaiting the arrival of his father Bron, who returns to the valley with his herd once a year. However, he soon learns from a Nothronychus member of his dad's troupe named Wild Arms that his father became stranded in the wilderness when the "fire mountain" erupted, leaving the rest of the herd to go on without him. They ask Wild Arms for help, but he belligerently says no. The other grownups agree. After worrying about his father, Littlefoot sets out alone at first. However, the others soon catch up with him.

They do fine at first, but run into the earth divide. It is suggested that they follow the Long Valley instead, but Littlefoot says that that will take too long and that they must cross there. Luckily, they are able to knock down a tree and get across.

After an encounter with a duo of "featherhead sharpteeth", and a disagreement between Littlefoot and Cera on which path to take, Littlefoot decides to go ahead alone, where he meets a Pteranodon named Etta who knows his father. When the two become trapped in a cave, she sings a song to lead him on his way, and he is eventually reunited with his friends as they continue their journey together with Etta into the harsh landscape. Meanwhile, the elder dinosaurs learn about their children's trek, and decide to go after them with two younger ones - Chomper and Ruby. They attempt to have Wild Arms guide them back to where Bron was last seen, but he faints at the mere sight of Chomper, a "sharptooth", and has to be carried, leaving Chomper to lead the way with his nose.

Etta, meanwhile, tells Littlefoot what happened to Bron, and that he may well be dead. She also says that it was because Bron had rescued Wild Arms that he got into that mess. The rest of the kids, after an encounter with a tribe of "Diggers", run into a predatory Carnotaurus, though Etta is able to help them get away. Later, the grownups, plus Chomper and Ruby, come across it. Chomper luckily smells it and they are able to dodge it, shortly before the "sharptooth" is distracted by a flock of ornithomimids.

Etta eventually leads Littlefoot and his friends to the fire mountain where they find Bron. It looks hopeless as he is surrounded by lava. Bron tells them to go so they don't get hurt, but Littlefoot refuses. They are able to halt the Flowing Fire by sending water onto it . They use a tree to free Bron. Reunited with his father and the rest of the herd led by Chomper, the group extol the virtues of working together and finding bravery through companionship.

Music

As with the previous The Land Before Time sequels, Michael Tavera composes the film's score.

Songs

Production

The Land Before Time XIV: Journey of the Brave began production in early-to-mid 2014, over six years after The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends, the most recent film in the franchise at the time, was released. The first information for Journey of the Brave was given via a brief mention of an upcoming installment in the franchise on Yahoo! Finance in November of 2014. The subtitle of the film was not given.

Felix Avitia (the new voice of Littlefoot) had posted small amounts of info onto his Facebook and Instagram accounts across the bulk of 2014, though the film's existence was otherwise not well known among the community until late that year, when Ruben Avitia (Felix's father) posted an Instagram photo on Pinterest, involving Felix in the middle of a recording session with Jeff Bennett and Aria Curzon. During this time, the film's title was The Land Before Time XIV: Journey of the Heart.

In late July of 2015, an early trailer for the film was added to Rotten Tomatoes, confirming various details, including the announcement of a new character voiced by Reba McEntire, a change of the film's subtitle to read Journey of the Brave, and the return of Chomper and Ruby. It is unknown how the video managed to find itself on the site, though it is possible that it was the result of a leak.

In early November of 2015, production on the film was finished, and a wrap party was held. Some details, including the voice actors of Chomper and Grandma Longneck, were confirmed, alongside the release of a few low-quality screen-captures of the film.[13]

In December of 2015, even more content for the film was discovered and unleashed, including a DVD cover, the confirmation of a long rumored new character, the reveal of 3 new songs alongside 'Look for the Light', and the final confirmation of Davis Doi as the film's director. [14]

Reception

Hannah Wilkes of the blog Rotoscopers remarked, "In all honesty, I wasn’t expecting to be blown away by Journey of the Brave [...] but it was much better than I expected," complimenting the movie's "satisfying animation" and "appealing visual style". While the reviewer felt that Reba MacEntire's performance was the musical highlight of the movie, the remainder of the songs were "not nearly as enjoyable," but ultimately remarked that the film will "absolutely entertain kids." Elizabeth Learned from TheCelebrityCafe likewise stated that "After fourteen movies, the films still encompass the heart and friendship that lies in the storylines featured," and that "Fans of Littlefoot and friends will love this movie."

Fan Reception

From the initial, accidental confirmation of the film's existence, Journey of the Brave was a highly anticipated release among fans of the series. Many fans have welcomed the new director, hoping for a better film than the perceived disappointment of The Wisdom of Friends.

With the release of the film, reception was much more positive than the near-universally panned thirteenth installment.


Quotes

Littlefoot: It will be ok. Everything looks scary to you!


Littlefoot: Would you go near Spike smelling like that?

Petrie: Petrie not go near Petrie smelling like that! _________________________________________________________

Cera: Nothing makes me tired like almost getting eaten by Sharpteeth.

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Chomper: We should go too.

Ruby: Yes, but let's not let them know we're going too. __________________________________________________

Chomper: I don't know what you mean. We're not here. __________________________________________________

Cera: Fine!

Littlefoot: FINE!

(They storm off and the rest of the dinosaurs go with her.)


Littlefoot:If water is coming in the cave, you know what that means?

Etta:It's wet?

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Trivia

  • Even though Bron and his entire herd appear in the film, Shorty is completely absent and is not mentioned by any of the characters at any point throughout its runtime, although it is possible he came with the herd and was just not seen so in the movie.
  • Chomper and Ruby appear as secondary characters. This makes this film the very first film that Ruby is featured in, and the third in which Chomper appears.
  • This is the third The Land Before Time film whose title starts with "Journey". The first was The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists and the second being The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water.
  • The significant real life time gap between The Wisdom of Friends and Journey of the Brave marks the largest amount of time between Land Before Time movies in the series, even larger than the gap between The Land Before Time and The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure. The largest timeline gap in The Land Before Time canon occurs in the original film, between when they hatch, and when they are next seen.
  • The film was originally titled Journey of the Heart. It is unknown why the film was retitled, though the discovery of the film's production amongst fans may have contributed.
  • This is the first Land Before Time film to have an original widescreen Region 1 DVD release.
  • This is the first film in the series to be directed by Davis Doi, and the first written by Cliff Ruby and Elana Lesser.
  • This is the first film in which Barry Bostwick voices Grandpa Longneck and George Ball voices Daddy Topps. It is also the first Land Before Time film in which Petrie's mother and Ducky's mother are voiced by Anndi McAfee (the voice of Cera) and Meghan Strange (the voice of Ruby) rather than long-time voice actor Tress MacNeille, who previously voiced them in most of the sequels.
  • This is the second Land Before Time film to have four songs instead of the usual three, the first being The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water.
  • This is the first Land Before Time film to use more Hanna-Barbera sound effects (including its two banana peel slip sound effects, one of them being called "zoom away" by YouTube) as well as one sound effect originally from golden-aged Disney cartoons, since some cartoon sound effects were used in some previous films.
  • The film's opening makes a reference to the film Fantasia, with a Stegosaurus fighting a Tyrannosaurus rex. This marks the first time the adult individuals from the two individual genera fight in the franchise.
  • A notable achievement in this The Land Before Time film is attempting to make introduced dinosaurs significantly more accurate than prior, such as adding a full coat of feathers to Wild Arms and the Yutyrannus, and extensive bodily armor to the Carnotaurus. Due to these additions, Journey of the Brave can be considered one of the most accurate additions to the franchise to date.
  • The Sharptooth seen in the opening narration closely resembles the Cool Gray Sharptooth from The Great Longneck Migration, and the Mountain Sharptooth from The Big Freeze, and may actually be one of these Sharpteeth.
  • The 2013 Universal Pictures logo at the beginning uses the 1997 Universal Pictures theme (composed by the late Jerry Goldsmith) rather than the 2012 Universal Pictures theme (rearranged by Brian Tyler). This is highly unusual for a recent Universal Pictures film.
  • This is the second time Ducky has newly-hatched siblings; the first being The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure (in which Ducky's additional siblings hatched during the end credits).
  • When the film's trailer was leaked in July of 2015, some viewers interpreted Petrie's line after the song Today's the Day from "Special day!" to "Treasure Day!" (as the word "special" was overlapped by another character). However, when the film itself was released, the DVD captions worded the line as "Special day!".
  • This is the second Land Before Time film to include the MPAA logo in the end credits after the original The Land Before Time.
  • Tria and Tricia are absent in this film.
  • The Land Before Time is one of a few continuing animated franchises that are only rated G by the MPAA.

External Links

Gallery

July 28, 2015 Trailer

References


Preceded by:
"The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends "
The Land Before Time film series Followed by:
"None"


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