The Land Before Time III: The Time of Great Giving

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Dinosaur sequel offers strong lessons about cooperation.
  • G
  • 2011
  • 71 minutes

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Educational Value

Offers exposure to types of dinosaurs, their habitat, and threats to their way of life.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.

Sexy Stuff
Language

Occasional insults such as "dummy" or "baby" are used.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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What's the story?

In this second sequel to The Land Before Time, in-fighting and suspicions complicate harmony in Great Valley when a mysterious meteorite hits earth, clogging up the water supply. Will the dinosaurs be able to put their differences aside to save their community?

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about living with fewer resources. Have you ever had to cut back on something and not use as much? How did it make you feel? How did you handle it?

  • Does your family ever yell when upset? How does it make you feel? Try working on using your words in a calm voice to express your feelings.

  • Have you ever had to work with someone you disagreed with? How did you put aside your differences? What was the outcome?

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