A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Portrays a number of prehistoric dinosaurs (apatosaurus, pteranodon, triceratops).
Places great value on teamwork, resourcefulness, optimism. Kids are advised to listen to grown-ups and that friendship is important.
Positive Role Models
Young hero is steadfast, brave, loyal, and enterprising; he learns value of teamwork and confidence. Parental dinos are all responsible, caring, and determined to help their offspring.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoon danger includes: an erupting volcano with fire and lava; roaring "feather-headed, sharp-teeth" dinos who chase the heroes, threatening to eat them; rocks falling and trapping two creatures in a cave; a sandstorm; a fall from a ledge into water; and going over a waterfall. A father dino is trapped in a fiery river with his leg stuck. No one is hurt or killed.
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This DVD is the 14th in the Land Before Time series.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave is another entry in the Land Before Time series, which followed the release of the initial film in 1988. In this tale, a band of young dinosaurs join with Little Foot, the kind and brave hero, to rescue his dad from the aftermath of a volcano eruption. On their journey, the little ones must wend their way through a series of adventures, which provide cartoon danger and suspense (a sandstorm, a rock slide, chases by scary predators, and falls from on high). Though there are no injuries or deaths, it's still best-suited for kids who understand the difference between pretend and real violence. Reba McIntyre and Damon Wayons, Jr. provide the voices for guest characters, with McIntyre singing one of the four original songs that accompany the easy-to-understand story. 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 gentle sweetness to this story which, when accompanied by four original upbeat songs, softens the danger and suspense that occur in the action sequences. Yes, the dinos do run into some fierce Sharpteeth creatures who chase them, and they do have mountains to climb and a sandstorm to outrun, and they find themselves on the brink of disaster several times, but for kids who are clear about the difference between make-believe and real, there is nothing truly scary or unsettling. The characters are original, quirky, and funny and have been well established in the earlier DVDs so that audiences, both old and new, will find them engaging. The addition of the voice talent of Reba McIntyre, who sings, and Damon Wayons, Jr., who jokes a lot, is another plus. A solid entry in the franchise.
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