Technical Issue!

AsperJosh has suffered a heavy impact. Every picture on every post before the Africa one has been lost due to an album online becoming corrupted.
I have almost every picture stored across 2 laptops and will slowly begin to re-upload them to my posts over a long period of time!
I will be starting from latest posts and work backwards to re-upload the pictures.
Thank you for understanding!
Joshua :'(

UPDATE - Fixed Posts

2015 posts fixed so far:
- Tough Mudder 2015 - MCM Expo 2012 + Past Experiences - Telling People, I Have Aspergers - 5CPS - Marvel Phase Three - Attack On Titan - MCM Oct 2015 - Interstellar - Star Wars VII - Star Wars Original Trilogy - Star Wars Prequel Trilogy - Star Wars Battlefront - The Fault In Our Stars - Chronicle - Evans Night Out + Winter Wonderland 2015 -

2014 posts fixed so far:
- A Year's Progression At The Gym - 5CPS - The Land Before Time - X-Men Premier - X-Men DOFP - Halloween 2015 - Online Dating - Macbook Pro -

House MD, 3 Years Driving currently in progress.
More to be mended

Sunday, 2 March 2014

The Land Before Time (Childhood Memories)

Here's one of my favourite childhood Animated, Adventure, Drama films that I always cry and enjoy watching due to how the story shows how 5 young dinosaurs (who doesn't like dinosaurs, right?) take on an incredible journey and prove how teamwork and dedication can help reunite them all with their families. I guarantee this film can make people cry by the end of it (or maybe that's just me?!)

George Lucas and Steven Spielberg (2 of my favourite producers/ directors) present an animated tale that takes place more than 65,000,000 years ago (a time overlapping the Jurassic Period and Cretaceous Period) where Littlefoot the Longneck (Apatosaurus), Cera the Threehorn (Triceratops), Ducky the Swimmer (Saurolophus), Petrie the Flyer (Pteranodon) and Spike the Spiketail (Stegosaurus) all take on an incredible journey to Paradise (The Great Valley) after being separated from their families due to an Earthshake (Earthquake) while also being pursued by the evil Sharptooth (Tyrannosaurus).

Honestly to me, what makes this story so special is that it opens up with Pat Hingle narrating the beginning (and throughout the story) while showing the pleasant birth of some of our heroes and soon within nearly 15 minutes escalates and erupts into chaos and ends with a heartbreaking moment (sounds interesting, right?)
But soon the ending will leave you with a smile as you see the triumphant conclusion that couldn't have gone any better!

You must be wondering "Why see this film?" "If it's so sad then why watch it?" "Isn't this too childish to watch as an adult?"
Well my answer is "Yes!" this is a children's film but due to the positive success and serious criticism that it received for showing far too emotional and some horrible scenes (for a kids film), it really grabs your attention. And I feel it's a one of a kind story that I think appeals to adults too while the kids just enjoy the dinosaurs. I also wanted to write this up because even though I watch this sometimes by myself or when I have children with me,  it's just a good film to watch and it always leaves me crying tears of joy and happiness (like watching a soppy romance novel/ film) and proves how a sad beginning can have a delightful ending that leaves me happy.
Even Mufasa's Death gets me every time, too!

Looking back on it sometimes, I feel there are "hidden connotations" in this film like how pursuing your goal though the struggle can lead you to your paradise (happy place). Also I noticed "prejudice" because the dinosaurs only talked/ played with their own kind but soon the little ones end up breaking that barrier and they all become friends and a small herd despite all being different. I can't help but admire how the young voice actors for the characters spoke and performed so well and passionate at such a young age.

One of my favourite happy moments in the film (besides the ending) is when one little hero during the fight with Sharptooth, saves his friends and overcomes his own fear/ barrier (I smile everytime I see that moment).
However during the whole Great Earthshake moment during the beginning, I saw one bit where the earthquake grows rapidly out of control and you see families divided and many lost down chasms which looks horrible to witness, let alone ever imagine happening to anyone.

And my 2 favourite quotes are from Littlefoot's Mother (voiced by Helen Shaver, who had a wise motherly tone in her voice) "Some things you see with your eyes, others you see with your heart"  and "I'll be in your heart, Littlefoot! Let your heart guide you!"

The animation looks rather dark (not evil, but rather colour shade) since this was during an ancient time (maybe that's the reason for the colour choice). There were some bright colours involved like sometimes in the sky and most of all the ending. I remember looking up online a few days ago, that George Lucas and Steven Spielberg wanted to base the story on Disney's Fantasia - The Rite Of Spring, in a way I can see the similarity in atmosphere (especially during the Earhshake) and colour scheme.

The magnificent music score was made by James Horner and everytime certain tracks are played, I have tears in my eyes (at songs like Whispering Winds and this one) due to how I know this film too well and the atmosphere varies with heartbreaking and uplifting moments and overall it's thrilling and calming for a children's film.
Everytime I listen to the soundtrack, I instantly visualise in my head without fail where that moment is in the film.
Also the talented Diana Ross sang the film's ending song/ theme and it reminds me how my mum used to sing that song to me when I was 2 as a lullaby (aww).

I regret to inform you all how a special character in the film Ducky was voiced by a young talented actress "Judith Barsi" who after the film, was murdered by her paranoid and abusive father. I honour this film as a memory to her and her mother who lost their lives after this film was made. Ducky's voice actor was replaced by "Heather Hogan" and finally "Aria Noelle Curzon", so her legacy lived on in the sequels! Even her gravestone has Ducky's iconic phrase on it - Yep! Yep! Yep!

The final fight was epic and I'm glad the score was even by the end, I wanted to rush in their and "Falcon Punch" him and say "That was for her!" whilst he sank to his watery grave.
After a ferocious fight with Sharptooth near the end, all nearly seemed lost for Littlefoot, but a cloud helps show him the way from the light from it's heart (it was a nice touch). And the rest you can guess what happens, but I recommend you see it for yourself if you are interested at all?

The legacy to this 26 year old film ended up with 12 more direct-to-video sequels until 2007 (not made by same producers) that were more light-hearted and full of adventures and songs. And around 2010 a children's TV series was made (it's set after the 13th film) and also featured several new characters and the return of some of my favourite characters from the sequels (along with some sing-alongs I sang too when I was around 8). I enjoyed all the sequels especially numbers 2,3,4,5 and 10.
But number 10 a lot especially due to Littlefoot meeting the most important person in his life (voiced by the legendary Kiefer Sutherland)!
I found the films on Putlocker or just googled everywhere.

This paragraph here is me updating this special post on 23rd November 2014, you see I was going through YouTube and found this video which is a special one that I used to watch on The Land Before Time Sing A-Long Songs VHS from when I was little and watching most of the sequels. This video showed many fascinating Dinosaur facts that were made easy for children to understand and featured many songs from the first 4 sequels (excluding the original film). This song is a cover of the original song by Diana Ross in the original film which is the best version, but in this one Cera and Ducky's voice actors from the 2nd, 3rd and 4th films performed this special sing a-long song on that film only. I just had to add it to this post even though it's so so late. It's a montage of many scenes from the 2nd till 4th film, it contains spoilers but it's a cheery song that makes me hum along to it and shed a little tear at rewatching special memories from when I was little.

Oh yeah and another little add on 21st February 2015, it looks like a 14th film may even be in production and the plot even sounds interesting (but it gives away the special secret from number 10) but it would be nice to see another film since the ending to the 13th one didn't really seem like an epilogue or a way to close the series for good. I almost forgot, the Sing A-Long Songs is now available on iTunes including the Cera & Ducky cover of If We Hold On Together! I did some productive and fulfilling research cause I've wanted to know for many years who composed the score for the sequels, it's the amazing Michael_Tavera and I do like how he uses James Horner's work from the original and also adds in his own work. Plus these two tracks from 2 of the endings are rather pleasant and full of harmony.

I added this Playlist that I found on YouTube on July 28th 2015. I found this fantastic channel where some user called Israel Barber uploaded every single track that the series compser Michael Tavera had sent to him personally. If you go onto his channel, and search "The Land Before Time" there are more tracks available to listen/ discover as he hadn't added them all into this Playlist.
I reckon I'm gonna start writing up the sequels over a period of time as well as play several tracks too and show how unique they are, plus I've been updating this post far too many times haha.

I understand that this review seems quite emotional and maybe a bit depressing and it's not the best review to get your attention positively, but this film has had an impact in my life.  It shows how not all children's films have happy beginnings, however check this film out and see what you think. I hope to show other good understanding friends (maybe my future girlfriend) this one too since it'll show my softer side and it'll be like showing something from my childhood, even if it's sad (look at Titanic and how many times people watch that).

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