The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island

  • 1997
  • Movie
  • R
  • Animated, Children's, Fantasy

The toddler dinosaurs are back in the fifth entry in a series that emphasizes peace and cooperation among species (read: races), though the message gets stretched a bit thin this time. Unusual as a place where dinosaurs of all species live together in peace, the Great Valley becomes unliveable when a swarm of locusts strips away its abundant vegetation....read more

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The toddler dinosaurs are back in the fifth entry in a series that emphasizes peace and cooperation among species (read: races), though the message gets stretched a bit thin this time.

Unusual as a place where dinosaurs of all species live together in peace, the Great Valley becomes unliveable when a swarm of locusts strips away its abundant vegetation. The various herds are forced to find a new place to live. But when a long search takes them through nothing but barren land,

the hungry herds begin to quarrel. Not wanting to split up, young dinos Littlefoot (voice of Scott McAfee), Cera (voice of Candace Hudson), Petrie (voice of Jeff Bennett), Ducky (voice of Heather Hogan), and Spike (voice of Rob Paulsen) sneak away, hoping to find food before their families find

them. They find the ocean and a green island connected to shore by a long bridge of rocks. They cross over, arriving just before a tidal wave washes the bridge away. Although they are upset that they cannot return to their families, they find that the island has plenty of edible (if unusual)

vegetation. They are also happy to find that Chomper, the baby Tyrannosaurus they once nursed, is living here. It is Chomper's full-grown, carniverous parents that worry them. Chomper finds them a hiding place and brings them food, but Cera hurts his feelings when she implies that he can't be

trusted. Peace is made when the youngsters are attacked by another T. Rex, and Chomper's parents save them. They are taken back to shore by Elsie, a giant amphibious dinosaur who saw their herds looking for them. The herds have found another place with enough food to sustain them for a few years

until the Great Valley is restored.

THE LAND BEFORE TIME V bites off a little more than it can chew in trying to demonstrate that even carnivores and their vegetarian prey can live together in harmony, so long as they accept their differences. Children beginning to exercise their powers of logical reasoning are likely to see through

that, and will probably go on to bug parents about why Chomper speaks one language with his parents and another with his young friends. This aside, there is nothing to be said for or against LAND BEFORE TIME V other than that kids who liked the others will enjoy this just as much--maybe even a

little more, as Chomper is a particularly winning animated dino tot. His parents are rather fearsome, though nothing so nasty as in any of the JURASSIC PARK movies. The made-for-video feature is also a bit better looking than its immediate predecessor, with sharper color and more distinct

backgrounds. (Violence.)

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  • Released: 1997
  • Rating: R
  • Review: The toddler dinosaurs are back in the fifth entry in a series that emphasizes peace and cooperation among species (read: races), though the message gets stretched a bit thin this time. Unusual as a place where dinosaurs of all species live together in pea… (more)

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