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The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers



Stale, slow dino friends tale for very young only.
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 77 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Parents of newborn ignore older child, hurting her feelings, but all's well by the end of the movie. One character is picked on by siblings for being different, but finds courage to be true to himself with the support of his friends.

Positive role models

Friends provide support and encouragement to one another.

Violence & scariness

Dinosaur pals are chased by a "Sharptooth" (T. Rex) but escape.

Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this straight-to-video story of friendship among young dinosaurs feels like what it is, the twelfth attempt to wring life out of the charming movie that started it all, The Land Before Time. Themes of friendship, being true to yourself, and learning to cope with the arrival of a new sibling are always welcome for the preschool set this movie targets. But it's a hard slog for parents and kids older than 6.

What's the story?

In the twelfth installment of the popular The Land Before Time animated series, young dinosaur friends are happily anticipating the Great Day of the Flyers, during which young fliers like pterodactyl Petrie (voiced by Jeff Bennett) have a chance to show their elders that they're ready to fly in a group. The problem is that Petrie has a hard time keeping up with his synchronized siblings, who are quick to blame him whenever their aerial maneuvers fall apart. Petrie's steadfast friends Littlefoot (Nick Price), Cera (Anndi McAfee), and new feathered friend Guido (Rob Paulsen) help Petrie find the courage to withstand his family's criticism and follow his own flight plan. Meanwhile, Cera, a "three horn" dinosaur is trying to cope with the impending arrival of a younger sibling, and her father and stepmother's lack of attention.

Is it any good?


THE LAND BEFORE TIME XII: THE GREAT DAY OF THE FLYERS provides some harmless entertainment for preschoolers, but plods along at an incredibly slow pace. The scene of the friends following a sleepwalking friend to protect him along his somnolent way seemed particularly long. A few perky songs like "Flip, Flap and Fly" are sprinkled throughout to keep the energy level up. However these ditties almost make Barney songs sound sophisticated.

The animation is serviceable, particularly the natural surroundings in which the action took place. The pidgin English of main character Petrie -- "me see friends!" "me no know!" -- might feel familiar to preschoolers, but it's not something that most parents will want to reinforce.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Petrie the pterodactyl finds the courage to fly in his own style. How did his friends Cera, Littlefoot, and especially Guido give him encouragement? Have you ever encouraged your friends to do something they were scared to do?

  • For families with new younger siblings on the way, Cera's story is a good opportunity to talk about how life may change when the new baby arrives. Since many preschoolers are fascinated by dinosaurs, they may want to look up the real names of the "long neck," "sharptooth," and "three horn" characters.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 27, 2007
DVD/Streaming release date:February 27, 2007
Cast:Anndi McAfee, Aria Curzon, Nick Price
Director:Charles Grosvenor
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Dinosaurs, Adventures, Friendship
Run time:77 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:General Audiences

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Adult Written byBostonMomof2 April 9, 2008

My 3-year-old loves it

I just wanted to comment on the review saying this movie has a slow pace. I actually rather enjoy children's movies that take their time and are not laden with drama and action. It is geared toward preschoolers. The issues seem to resonate with my daughter, who had a little brother at 23 months of age. Any plot line that emphasizes being true to oneself, even at the risk of standing out, is good to me. Those are life lessons that will come in handy later.
Adult Written bynimill August 4, 2011

Terrible Movie

This movie was terrible. Just like with every single other sequel to the greatness that is the ORIGINAL LAND BEFORE TIME movie, its was not even close as far as story, dialogue, animation, nothing. The only reason I would recommend this movie to anyone is if they are trying to finish the series, which by the way has a total of 13 movies. That's right. Count them. 13. If they really wanted to make another great LBT film, then bring back Lucas, Spielberg, and Bluth to do a new one
Adult Written bygaston_family April 9, 2008

My Three-year-old likes it!

My daughter seems to really enjoy this movie. I like the emphasis on friendship and teamwork. My daughter is interested in dinosaurs now, and that's something new for her. We are trying to learn the names of the dinosaurs in the movie. There are a few scenes that are a little intense, like the dinosaurs almost falling into a ravine. And there is a scary "bad" dinosaur. But overall I like what it has to offer my daughter.


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