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The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses is a direct-to-video animated film in the The Land Before Time series.

Plot

Every year, as the warm season approaches, a certain tree in the Great Valley blooms with pink flowers. Because of the tastiness of these "treesweets", every dinosaur in the valley wants his/her fair share of it. However, because of this tastiness (and the fact that there seems to be only one such tree in the whole valley), there is hardly enough for everyone. Because of this, none may eat any of the treesweets until the day they "reach the peak of their tastiness".

As the film begins, Littlefoot and his friends Ducky, Petrie and Spike are eagerly waiting to nibble the first treesweets. Ducky is about to take one, but Littlefoot quickly tells her to stop and reminds them all that none may take any treesweets until "Nibbling Day". This however, doesn't stop Petrie from flying to the tree's crown and trying to take one. Just then, Cera's father emerges and states very clearly how every dinosaur in the valley has waited a long time to taste the treesweets. As Cera, too, appears before them, she reminds them that she is the one who is supposed to get the first treesweet because she was the one who found the treesweet-tree in the first place, although it was indeed Littlefoot who did it. Cera also teases Littlefoot for being too little to actually reach the treesweets.

Meanwhile, Cera's father is visited by an old friend—a female treehorn named Tria -- whom, it seems, he used to have a crush on. She also reveals his name to be Topsy (although it may simply be a nickname). After speaking a while with her, he promises Tria that she will get the first treesweet of the season; which Cera, who appears just in time to hear him say this, becomes very upset about. From that moment on, Cera refuses to make friend with Tria and simply shrugs her off whenever she tries to talk to her.

Littlefoot, meanwhile, goes off by himself, feeling very down about how "little" he is. As he returns to the treesweet tree, he climbs up the cliff right next to it and tries to reach the treesweets by himself. As he does, he accidentally falls right through the tree and knocks down every single treesweet. Realizing the trouble he is now in, he faints. As he wakes up, he finds himself surrounded by several miniature longnecks. They have eaten all the treesweets and quickly run away once the shocked Littlefoot starts screaming out of fear.

Upon noticing that every treesweet is gone, all the dinosaurs in the valley are standing in front of the tree; many of them, including Topsy, suspecting Littlefoot to be the guilty party. Littlefoot, afraid to admit it was his fault that the treesweets fell off the tree, blames everything on the tiny longnecks. At first, no one believes him, but when they see evidence of tiny teeth marks on a tree sweet, he is believed and everyone starts looking for the tiny longnecks, preparing to drive them out of the valley once they have been found. As Littlefoot and Cera are searching the valley, Littlefoot falls down a pothole in the ground where, it turns out, the tiny longnecks are hiding in. First being afraid of them, Littlefoot flees deeper into the cave; but soon enough, he finds out that the tiny longnecks are not as bad as he thought and befriends them. Upon hearing how difficult it is for the tinysauruses to find food, he promises to help bring them as many treestars as he can every night.

Eventually, Littlefoot feels ready to tell his friends about the colony of tiny longnecks living in the underground caverns. They all get to see the tiny longnecks for themselves, and promises not to tell the adults. Even Cera, who is still angry with her father, promises to keep it secret, mainly because she finds out that she can relate more to them than she would've imagined. Many of the tinysauruses in the colony feel that their leader, Big Daddy, bosses them around a bit too much, though he simply wants their best. As to the reason that he doesn't trust the "bigger" dinosaurs is that they, in his opinion, only seem to think: "Because they're bigger, it makes them more important".

When sneaking off to see the tinysauruses again, Littlefoot and his friends are busted by Topsy. But when he tries to ask them why they are out so late at night, Cera angrily throws the question back at him. Topsy, not wanting Cera to find out about him and Tria, manages to see them off. Just as Tria comes up to him, they spot one of the tiny longnecks. A chase ensues which eventually reveals their hideout. As the grown-ups prepare to block the caverns; Littlefoot, realizing that he must tell the truth, admits that it was his fault that the treesweets are gone, and not the tiny longnecks'. However, just as he's finished, the tinysauruses' cavern collapses, trapping the tinysauruses inside. The tinysauruses escape. The tinysauruses run into sharpteeth (Dromaeosaurus) that chase them and find their way into The Great Valley. Meanwhile, Littlefoot's friends are mad at him. They later try to apologize to him for being angry. . However, they mistake the sharpteeth for Littlefoot. The two sharpteeth lunge at them, causing a chase. Littlefoot shows up just at the right time and saves Ducky just as she was about to get eaten. When all seems lost, the tinysauruses show up and fight the sharpteeth. The grown-ups of the Great Valley then show up and drive the sharpteeth back into The Mysterious Beyond through a hole. Then they cover up the hole,via a large boulder. The day of the tree-sweets finally comes at last. Everyone eats,parties,and acts merry.The film ends with Petrie clutching a treesweet.

Voice cast

This was the only film in the series in which Aaron Spann voiced Littlefoot. Nick Price voiced Littlefoot in The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers.

Music

The music was composed by Michael Tavera. James Horner's original score from the first film can still be heard in some shots of the film, but he was uncredited. Also, Michael Tavera's older themes from the previous sequels can still be heard in some other shots of the film.

The music that plays in the background when Topsy catches Petrie trying to get one of the blossoms is the booby trap sliding scene music from from An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island.

Songs

The songs are written by Michele Brourman and Amanda McBroom. This is their latest and most criticized collaboration, resulting, in some fans' and parents' views, in bad songs and disrespectful messages to children. This was the first time Grandpa Longneck (Kenneth Mars) sings in the series. Creepy Crawlies is the only song played in this film that shares its original melody with a different song; it shares its melody with Stupid Stompers. Some songs played in the film sound similar to the ones from the previous sequels, but don't share their melodies.

Release Date

The film was finished in 2004, but was released on VHS and DVD on January 11, 2005. It was the first sequel in the series to be released in a different month than December. It was also the last film in the series to be released on VHS, as major studios stopped releasing films on VHS in 2006.

Home video release history

  • January 11, 2005 (VHS and DVD)
  • September 19, 2006 (DVD - 2 Tales of Discovery and Friendship)
  • August 5, 2008 (Carrying Case DVD with Fun Activity Book - 2 Tales of Discovery and Friendship - Universal Watch on the Go)


Appearances

The film marked the first appearances of Tria, Big Daddy, and other Tinysauruses. They appear again in The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers.

Size

At the beginning of the film, Cera makes teasing comments about Littlefoot being too short for a longneck (hence his name). However, when he meets the Tinysauruses, they find it ironic that he is called Littlefoot since he is much larger than they are. This is not the only sign of irony in the film, because the leader of the Tinysauruses is named Big Daddy.

Production

The film was the final film in the series to be shot in the standard-definition format, as The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers started getting filmed in the high-definition format. However, the previous film The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration was matted to anamorphic widescreen on DVD in Israelmarker. It was the last film in the series to use the 1991-2006 Universal Cartoon Studios logo, as Curious George started using the 2006-present Universal Animation Studios logo.

This was the first, and so far only film in which none of the main five characters leave the valley at any point.

This was the first time classic cartoon sound effects have been used in The Land Before Time seres; during the Girls and Dad sequence, Lizzie is seen wiggling after accidentally getting bumped by a rock.

TV Airings

The film started airing on Cartoon Network on April 13, 2006, eight hours before the premiere of My Neighbor Totoro on the same channel. After five months of disappearance on Americanmarker television since March 2008, the film was originally scheduled to re-air on Cartoon Network on September 30, 2008, but was replaced by another direct-to-video animated film Garfield Gets Real. The film finally re-aired on Cartoon Network on November 18, 2008.

United States



Canada

  • YTV (2006-present)


References

  1. Amazon.com: The Land Before Time: 2 Tales of Discovery and Friendship Carrying Case: Land Before Time: Movies & TV


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