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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Offers exposure to types of dinosaurs, their habitat, and threats to their way of life.
The Land Before Time III: The Time of Great Giving offers a slew of positive messages about working together to resolve differences, surviving with few resources, compromising, admitting you're wrong or that you've been shortsighted, and the price of negative or doomsday thinking. There are additional great lessons about yelling and working to express negative emotions more constructively.
Positive Role Models
Characters are fairly simplistic but realistic: Children are playful, with an innate sense of justice. Adults are present and concerned, and though some exhibit close-mindedness, territorialism, and poor communication styles, they eventually see the error of their ways and work to improve.
Violence & Scariness
There is occasional peril throughout: In one scene, a meteorite strikes and causes a mudslide, threatening the safety of the dinosaurs. In another, dinosaurs intimidate and charge each other in a fight. A fast-spreading fire threatens the dinosaurs' safety, sending a young dinosaur tumbling down a cliff. There are multiple scenes of bullying. The dinosaurs are threatened by an angry trio of tyrannosaurus rexes.
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Occasional insults such as "dummy" or "baby" are used.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Land Before Time III: The Time of Great Giving shows the dinosaur habitat threatened by reduced water supply, which leads to petty squabbles, in-fighting, and territorial intimidation. There is some peril throughout, recurring bullying, and poor communication; however, in each case, the conflict is used to demonstrate resolution. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There's a lot here to entertain and inform: songs, dinosaurs, nature, playfulness, and a boatload of positive lessons about cooperation and communication.
Kids who like dinosaurs and nature will enjoy this tale of survival, and parents will appreciate these very relatable family lessons about how we express ourselves, and how we get along with people who are different than us or who simply have a different approach to problem-solving.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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