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14 ways The Land Before Time emotionally destroyed you as a kid

TEARS.

THE LAND BEFORE time is stuck in every kid’s mind as perhaps the first time they realised the world wasn’t all toys and sweets.

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The animation, about a little group of dinosaur friends trekking to find the Great Valley to avoid the intense drought in their land. Littlefoot’s mother is killed by a vicious T-Rex, but her spirit guides the crew on their way.

1. It was partially made in Ireland, so we felt a bond

So we can claim it? We’re claiming it. The Sullivan Bluth studios moved their HQ to Dublin mid-movie, and even helped set up an animation course in Ballyfermot college.

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2. It was amazing, because Dinosaurs were so in it, but things got dark real quickly

Dino families were cut in two! Screw you sharptooth!

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3. This was the exact moment you realised life isn’t fair

Not since Bambi did you cry this hard. OK, maybe Dumbo.

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4. Ducky was the pal you wanted

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5. But the schoolyard rumours that the actress was murdered by her dad made you sad again

It’s actually true

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6. Littlefoot’s fall was strangely predictive of Mufasa’s

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7. Petrie, well, you just felt so bad for him

His anxiety and inability to fly = you.

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8. OMGG actually, back to this

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9. Remember when he sees the tree star and his mammy gets it for him?

THEN ONE FALLS WHEN HE’S MISSING HIS MAM?

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10. Actual representation of me right now:

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11. What about Littlefoot’s face when he sees his mam at the end of the cliff

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Mam, mam, get up, I love you.

12. We are not ok (we promise)

LOOK AT SPIKE’S HEAD. MY GOD. THEY’RE BEST FRIENDS.

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13. Nevermind being a child, the Land Before Time is just as devastating now

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14. But hey, doesn’t it all work out in the end?

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