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

It is the first Land Before Time film to be released after an over eight year gap since The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends. It is also the first film since The Land Before Time IV: Journey through the Mists to have no involvement from Charles Grosvenor, and is the first film in the franchise to be directed by Davis Doi.

Some characters have had voice actor replacements, as Kenneth Mars (voice of Littlefoot's grandfather) and John Ingle (voice of Topps and the narrator) had passed away during the series' hiatus, and Cody Arens (voice of Littlefoot in XIII and the TV series) and Max Burkholder (voice of Chomper in the TV series) had gone through puberty, making their voices unsuitable for the characters they had voiced eight years prior. Tress MacNeille, for unknown reasons, did not reprise her role as Ducky and Petrie's mothers.

Reception for the film was much more positive than the negatively received previous installment, but may not have been successful enough financially for there to be another sequel, as it sold less copies in a few months than in The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers's first two weeks.

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 with him. 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. As they approach the "Land of the Featherhead Sharpteeth", an area inhabited by Yutyrannus, they realize they cannot make it through without coating themselves with stinkweed, as the Featherhead Sharpteeth have an excellent sense of smell. It works at first when they encounter the predators, but the gang soon play in water, washing off the stinkweed, causing the larger pale green sharptooth of the pair to pick up their scent.

After being chased and cornered at a small cliff at the top of a steep hill by the sharpteeth, the gang use a vine and rocks to fight off the sharpteeth, tripping the larger pale green with the vine sending it off a small cliff, and Cera causing rocks to fall sending the olive sharptooth sliding back down the hill. The gang soon go to sleep after they escaped the sharptooth land as dusk had fallen and they had walked all day. 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.

The next day, a disagreement between Littlefoot and Cera on which path to take causes Littlefoot to go ahead alone. A sand cloud (sandstorm) happens and Littlefoot is forced to take shelter inside a cave, where he meets a Pteranodon named Etta who knows his father.

Littlefoot's friends, meanwhile, become caught in it, and they are buried in sand. They soon lose Petrie, who comes across an army of "diggers". They crown him as their leader after he knocked down fruit for them to eat. Littlefoot's friends find him, and are afraid of the diggers at first. Soon Petrie tells them he has to go find Littlefoot with his friends, but tells them not to be sad. The Diggers soon find a new leader in a lone Parasaurolophus. Etta, meanwhile, tells Littlefoot what happened to Bron, and that he may very well be dead. She also says that it was because Bron had rescued Wild Arms that he got into that mess. She sings a song to lead him on his way as they go through the cave looking for a way out.

The rest of the kids soon run into an extremely fast, agile and intimidating Carnotaurus, known as a Horned Sharptooth. The sharptooth shows extreme agility by climbing a ground spike and quickly leaping off of it. The kids briefly evade it somewhat by entering a small cave where it can't reach them. Etta and Littlefoot are under said cave. Etta climbs up to the roof after Littlefoot and her hear them, and pushes a rock out of the way and helps the children get away from the sharptooth, asking Cera to give it a push so the others can get through. The Carnotaurus nearly breaks its way through the pillars of rock preventing it from getting into the cave to reach Cera, but she quickly escapes. It roars in anger.

Etta soon leads Littlefoot and his friends through the cave and they come across an area filled with glowing mushrooms and different colored crystals. They soon fall off a waterfall at the end of the cave, helping them get out and helping them reach the Moving Water. Past here, they finally reach 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 to leave his dad behind.

Later, the grown-ups, plus Chomper and Ruby, come across the Carnotaurus. Chomper luckily smells it and they are able to hide from it. Wild Arms nearly gives away their position as the sharptooth hears him cowering before the sharptooth is distracted by a flock of Archaeornithomimus and chases after them. It is not seen again.

Later, the gang and Etta begin to save Bron. They are able to halt the Flowing Fire by sending water onto it. They use a tree to free Bron's leg from under the rocks. The lava soon comes back, and Bron and his son are trapped on the large rock they are standing on. Bron then scoops up Littlefoot and bravely jumps over the lava. Right after, the adults, Chomper and Ruby arrive. 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 all other The Land Before Time sequels, series veteran Michael Tavera composes the film's score. There are some tracks reused from other films, while on the other hand, there is a number of new tracks.

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. In an interview with Aria Curzon, the voice of Ducky, on November 24, 2014, she had said there was another The Land Before Time film coming out.[13]

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. The trailer was properly released in December 2015 with the DVD release of Minions.[14]

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.[15]

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. [16]

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.

Once the Journey of the Brave was released, reception was quite mixed; though additions such as the character of Etta have generally been praised, alongside the presence of Chomper and Ruby, references to previous films, and the song 'Look for the Light', aspects of the film such as Topps and Grandpa Longneck's new voice actors and the character of Wild Arms have been much more divisive, and other aspects, such as the 'Hot and Stinky' song, the absence of Shorty, and the ending (which is often seen as rushed), are generally seen as negatives.

The sharpteeth were also praised by fans as being more scientifically accurate and giving them better senses of smell and hearing. The Carnotaurus was also praised for its intimidating appearance, but was criticized for its lack of screen time.

Despite its mixed reception, Journey of the Brave is still generally seen as a better film 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

  • This is the first film that Chomper appears in but his parents do not.
  • 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.
  • It is revealed in the movie that since the events of the tenth movie, Bron has come to visit Littlefoot every year at the beginning of Spring.
  • 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". Coincidentally, the first was The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists and the second was 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 the big whistle zing out sound effect) 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 wherein 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 may actually be one this sharptooth.
  • 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!". The overlapping issue was also resolved for the final film.
  • 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 film franchises that are only rated G by the MPAA alongside Peanuts, Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Disney/Pixar's Toy Story and Cars (excluding DisneyToon's PG-rated Planes films) franchises.

External Links

Gallery

July 28, 2015 Trailer

References


The Land Before Time
The Land Before Time films
The Land Before TimeThe Land Before Time II: The Great Valley AdventureThe Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great GivingThe Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the MistsThe Land Before Time V: The Mysterious IslandThe Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus RockThe Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold FireThe Land Before Time VIII: The Big FreezeThe Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big WaterThe Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck MigrationThe Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the TinysaurusesThe Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the FlyersThe Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of FriendsThe Land Before Time XIV: Journey of the Brave
The Land Before Time television series
Season One
The Cave of Many VoicesThe Mysterious Tooth CrisisThe Star Day CelebrationThe Canyon of Shiny StonesThe Great Log-Running GameThe Brave Longneck SchemeThe Meadow of Jumping WatersThe Days of Rising WatersEscape From The Mysterious BeyondThe Hidden CanyonThe Legend of the Story SpeakersThe Bright Circle CelebrationThe Lonely JourneyThe Missing Fast-Water AdventureThe Spooky Nighttime AdventureThe Lone Dinosaur ReturnsStranger From the Mysterious AboveThe Forbidden FriendshipThe Amazing Threehorn GirlThe Big Longneck TestThe Hermit of Black RockReturn to Hanging RockMarch of the Sand CreepersSearch for the Sky Color StonesThrough the Eyes of a SpiketailThe Great Egg Adventure

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