Fresh and Exciting
As Good As It Gets
a film so unique, intoxicating and bizarre that it not only demands another viewing, but is also forgivable as a satirical comedy where the jokes eventually take the back seat.
It is an exhilarating, distressing, funny and profound film, with one of the more memorable film scores in years,
This was the last "Land Before Time" movie, at least for awhile. It's one of the worst in the whole series, although it doesn't really have much of a lower rating than most of the other sequels. This movie features Littlefoot and his friends finding a bunch of dinosaurs called yellow bellies. They need to help them find their herd. Halfway through the movie, they actually do, so the movie's over, right? Nope. It just extends into an even more pointless movie as the gang helps the yellow bellies around. Oh, and the sharptooths appear and are weaker than ever.One even has a massive scar and he can't do anything! Anyway, the animation probably isn't worse than the other movies. What makes this worse is that these yellow bodies are so annoying. They have these bad voices and are mostly dumb. We have to deal with these guys the whole movie and they're easily the worst guest characters in the movies. We get some moral about following more on instinct than wisdom or something like that. It's very clichéd and makes for a lame movie. *1/2
I decided to rewrite this review after watching the movie again.Let me start off by saying I'm a big fan of the Land Before Time series, and it's changed my life more than anything else I can think of. With that taken care of, I will tell you why I gave this movie a seven out of ten rating.It starts off pretty normal and fun. The way The Land Before Time should be. But as time goes on, you seem to notice the humor is a little different, the words are more basic, and it just keeps getting wilder from there. I know the yellowbellies are supposed to be weird and different, but this goes too far. Sometimes even the main gang was acting out of character. The story, while venturing into the mysterious beyond, did not have high enough stakes. It was more of a moral-learning story than anything else, and even then, the morals were a little bit too easy to recognize. That being said, the voices of the characters were great. However, they changed Littlefoot's voice (again!), and now he sounds like a mix between Aaron Spann (Land Before Time XI) and Scott McAfee (Land Before Time II-IV)--perhaps a little Brandon LaCroix (Land Before Time V) in there; and while I like Scott McAfee's voice, Cody Arens' (Land Before Time XIII) voice did not really fit what you expect from Littlefoot. The background artistry was great, the animation very good, and Michael Tavera doing his magic with the orchestral music. One or two of the songs were kind of catchy, but if you notice, it's a leap back from what Michele Brourman and Amanda McBroom normally do. A different style. I don't know if they were told to do it that way, but it doesn't sell as well as some of their other fabulous work on the other Land Before Time sequels. I heard from a source that this movie also had a lower budget. Also, notice how the main director and producer isn't Charles Grosvenor.All-in-all, it was a light-hearted, TV episode-style movie, with all of your favorite friends. Long time fans will still enjoy this movie, as well as the new young watchers!
The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends, ah, the 13th installment in the Land Before Time series, I can't believe I've seen all the movies. I love how everyone makes fun and says that there are five million of these movies, it's not exactly like they went into the movie theater or anything. Personally, I think this is all good, why not introduce our beloved characters to a new generation. Not to mention that these stories are a small way of teaching kids how to act. I'd rather have my child watching this vs. Hannah Montana, which I'm still convinced is hypnotizing children to become Miley Cyrus's trained soldiers. But it's good to see the gang together once again in this fun little story about sharing.Littlefoot, Cera, Spike, Petrie and Ducky are excited to meet two goofy and lovable yellow-bellied dinosaurs named Loofah and Doofah, who have lost their way while traveling to the distant Berry Valley. Loofah and Doofah seem to be too clumsy to find the way back, so Littlefoot and the others decide to help their new friends while sharing important life lessons called Wisdoms along the way. By the time they reach Berry Valley, Littlefoot realizes that even though the Yellow Bellies don't follow his Wisdoms very well, their silly techniques work just fine.The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends was a nice addition to the story. It wasn't by any means my favorite of the series, it does get a little cheesy after a while, but it's all good. Like I said before, these movies are bashed by everyone without being given a fair chance. These movies are just a new way of showing younger kids how to act in life, even though these are the morals that our beloved Barney has provided, I have a feeling that these movies don't insult the kid's intelligence as much. They have fun songs, good animation and our great gang of friends that are always a joy to see on screen. I do recommend this movie for the family, give it a fair chance, these movies were not bad at all.5/10
As a devoted fan of the franchise, I found this latest entry to be a lightweight. It has more silliness than actual plot. Littlefoot and his friends meet a lost herd of goofy dinosaurs. They decide that the herd are never going to get home without help. On the way they learn various lessons from each other. Choices can depend as much upon feelings as upon wisdom. It's far better to dance than to worry. Some nice character moments, but not very much action. For once it is Grandmother advising Littlefoot, rather than Grandfather. The other adults are largely absent. The narration has been culled since there is very little to say after 12 other films. There is no continuity with the TV series. Songs are forgettable. 4/10