|Saved eveyone’s life in 3 at least once and twice for most.
Saved their great leader in 4.
Saved everyone in 5
Saved a family’s twins in 6
Some think he saved their lives in 7 and certainly helped mend a family
Saved everyone’s life in 8.
They think he saved all their lives in 10.
|No one but Mr. Threehorn seems to know her.
Littlefoot made problems in 2.
At best for most dinosaurs they owe Littlefoot at least four life debts. It could be argued Littlefoot putting them in danger (which basically only a small group faced ends one. Also they came to save them in 5 (where they got saved). The only grown ups to seek him out so save him since are Mr. Thicknose, Grandma and Grandpa. That still leaves everyone with two life debts to Littlefoot assuming practically nothing counts as repayment. Littlefoot should be considered too important to touch, but the entire Valley just about is against him. This is easily the most negative the valley has ever been or will be portrayed. Littlefoot makes up a story that the Tiny Ones got them without his accidental help, and no one believes him until Mr. Threehorn finds evidence. Since only three movies ago Littlefoot’s bizarre story lead them to survival and four movies ago he saw a stone of cold fire that was proven true why believe him now. Also Mr. Threehorn must be the greatest politician of all time to have these ungrateful idiots believe everything he says. Did he invent mind control?
Mr. Club Tail just spoke for the first time since The Mysterious Island (5). He now has a completely different voice (by Jeff Bennet instead of Rob Paulsen) and personality. After that Mr. Threehorn leads in his first song since 3, “Creepy Crawlies.” It is told in two parts and the part sang by Ducky and Petrie is superior. I think it counts as a villain song for showing the villainous sides of our heroes in a man vs himself story. It is surprisingly fast, and it is a slightly better version of “Savages” from Pocahontas. It then shows that The Great Valley dinosaurs are not capable of finding something so small. Did they kick out their good trackers and smaller members? This is far from the smartest they have been portrayed. At least Petrie gives some good laughs at this part.
Littlefoot falls into the hole, and things finally get much better. All right they do not get better until he is done screaming. I got tired of hearing him scream, and finding unusual sights should be Tuesday for him by now. Littlefoot eventually befriends them, due to his joy at feeling big again and presumably due to enjoying them. The only important ones are Skitter (I always liked that name), Lizzy (the oldest apparently), and Big Daddy. Michael Duncan voices Big Daddy with a great Kevin Michael Richardson impression. Big Daddy is very harsh but he trusts his children that Littlefoot did not rat them out earlier. I actually like it how the stern dad is very trusting probably knowing if wrong Littlefoot would not make a problem. He also makes a fine call that they are moving due to not being able to find food resulting in Littlefoot volunteering to bring them food back every night. I think this is a good one night plan, but after that burst of strength do not push luck.
Cera catches up to Mr. Threehorn and Tria. All of their relationships seem so fake except Threehorn and Cera’s relationship. It is later revealed Cera does not like her due to the changes it will make, which is explained better in 12. After that the gang minus Littlefoot catches him moving tree stars, and they fall into the hole. Only Cera wants to keep to a secret, as this is not the gang’s most positive portrayal either. Cera gets the rest of the group to keep it a secret. Apparently Littlefoot’s leadership position is being challenged. How did that go last time?
Big Daddy believes her with parent’s intuition, and the gang is shown having fun with the tiny ones, which is good for mood building. We then get to the second song “Girls and Dads.” When I watched it with he rest of my family my sisters said to make sure dad never heard it. It is obviously a parody of “Me and My Dad” from 10. I always found it dull and repetitive. It tells nothing knew that Lizzy and Cera did not discuss earlier. I am convinced that the budget on musicians and instruments for the songs was axed, as they sound way too similar now. There are then a few scenes of the gang being tired, and in one Cera runs into a tree and Tria shows up surprisingly angry. “Look Cera. I have tried every way I know to be nice to you.” Tria, you have told her hi and mocked her for being sleepy. If that is every way you now how then please get eaten. After that Mr. Threehorn catches the gang up at night and sends them home. Mr. Threehorn then catches Lizzy and Skitter looking for them. In a well done chase scene he finds their hide out. Tria realizes they are good guys because they are … “cute.” She really is he most shallow dinosaur on this show. The Yellow Bellies are better than her. Mr. Threehorn is now mad with her and she is furious at him. Who else is cheering for them to break up?
After that literally the entire valley wants to clog the hole except Grandma and Grandpa. Littlefoot stops the by admitting his lie, but a rock slide from the rocks Mr. Threehorn and Mr. Clubtail moved still clogs it. It then shows Tria mad at Mr. Threehorn and Littlefoot’s friends mad at him. In one way making the rocks fall is terrible, as it makes Littlefoot’s admission of guilt pointless. In another way is brilliant. Besides the first one this might be the lowest he has ever been, and I like that quite well.
Did I mention how well the songs are paced here? Bisxsen is making up for his peers’ mistakes. “If Only” is the best song. It is ties in both main morals. It is a fine prep song, and it is also the only time Grandpa Longneck sings a song in the franchise.
After a little bit of wasted time with Tria and an okay scene with Littlefoot’s friends being mad at him that serves as both comic relief and sadness ( a good feat to pull off) the Tiny ones venture to the desert part of the Mysterious Beyond to find Sharpteeth.
The sharpteeth follow them through the tunnel and into a small hole leading to the Great Valley. First time with Fast Biters since 7, and the first time sharpteeth invaded since 2. The climax has to wait to resolve some internal tensions. Ducky, Petrie, and Spike feel guilty about making Littlefoot mad. At least they are grateful to his past accomplishments and take offense about claims the other hurt him the worst. It is entertaining. With the real plot mostly wrapped up we get to the climatic sharptooth attack. Normally the gang fights by running and throwing rocks. Here they do everything but throw rocks. They pull branches back to hit them. They trip them with vines (another reference to 2), Spike trips one, and… Skitter and Lizzy come back to tickle one. I think there was key deleted scene with them. Sure tickling is odd, but at least it is new. The only problem is again Tria shows up to be totally useless. In fact it ends with the tiny ones and children hiding behind Mr. Threehorn and Tria is also hiding being him completely useless, and the velociraptors are using their numbers advantage to good use circling him. I am thinking Loy and Grosvenor hated her too. Fortunately the rest of the valley comes, but with how negatively they were portrayed I think only Grandpa coming to the rescue would seem more heroic. Also Grandpa and Mr. Clubtail are then clogging the hole, when it should have had Mr. Threehorn helping.
Instead of a song from the film being in the end credits the tiny ones sing a reprise of “Creepy Crawlies” called “Stoopid Stompers,” which is actually better.
The songs are the most mediocre in the series. Littlefoot is portrayed negatively and if it was not a sequel with an already established protagonist this would have been good. Cera adds some fine moments. Ducky, Petrie, and Spike gave some helpful comic relief but were too dumb for the discovery scene. Mr. Threehorn was actually very good here as a villainous protagonist. Tria is awful. Grandpa was very good in his limited screen time. The Tiny ones were surprisingly bland besides Big Daddy. The real weakness is the plot makes no sense due to already established personalities. Some major strengths include that the bad parts are normally entreatingly bad for their plot holes, it is never boring, and like most Don Bluth movies, the protagonist reaches a very low point emotionally.
The songs are too medium to make any change in the best and worst songs list.
The new climax rating is 12, 14, 11, 13.
The new film rating is 14, 12, 11, 13. This was a very easy ranking spot.
The new running time order is 14 (82 minutes), 12/11 (81 minutes each), 13 (76 minutes)