While I'm glad to see so much love for the film in this thread, and I agree that it's one of the finer animated movies out there, I must say that I'm rather disappointed that - in all the praise for the movie - one of the film's strongest assests is ignored: James Horner's fantastic muscial score. This really makes the film. It's so grand. My personal favorite is the theme known as "Sharptooth and the Earthquake", which gives us a piece that starts slow and builds up to an amazing frantic sound once Sharptooth gets going. Another great one is "The Great Migration" which is the beginning tune. It sets up this vast world that the dinosaurs live in. Amazing. Sure, it may get repetitious at times but, hey, we're Godzilla fans - what's a little repetition in music to us fans of Akira Ifukube? It doesn't hurt the film in any way and the themes fit the scenes so well. From the upbeat theme that plays during Ducky's hatching, the high-pitched theme that plays when Littlefoot's mother battles Sharptooth during the Earthquake ("Earthshake"), to the meloncholy tune that plays when Littlefoot talks to his mother one last time. The choir that sounds when Littlefoot hatches. There's nothing in here to dislike. It works so well for this film. Diana Ross' final song that plays during the end credits and is the only vocal theme here (ironic, since all the sequels would become musicals) and is beautiful. An orchastral theme works so well for this movie and is several times better than all the songs used in LBT's sequels.
zilla103192 wrote:what were people saying was the original ending?
There's a long-standing rumor that the original ending for the film had Sharptooth kill the children and they would discover "the Great Valley" - Heaven. I don't much stock in it though. It can be heavy at times, but The Land Before Time is still a children's film. I can't see them ending on that sort of note. After all, An American Tail ended with Fivel reunited with his family.