@AmherstCinema: The Land Before Time, 4/4

LandBeforeTime website 2Meet dinosaurs Littlefoot, Cera, Spike, Ducky and Petrie, and follow them on their first journey together – an exciting quest to find the lush, legendary Great Valley. Along the way, the prehistoric pals overcome many challenges and learn the value of teamwork and friendship.

After the great success of AN AMERICAN TAIL, directed by Don Bluth and produced by Steven Spielberg, the duo created this modern children’s classic that spawned countless direct-to-video sequels.

This original entry in the LAND BEFORE TIME series stands head and shoulders above the subsequent movies, and stands the test of time as a resonant, emotional, and beautifully-animated tale that recalls early Disney films.

Director Don Bluth. 69 minutes. Rated G, from 1988.