The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers
The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers is a 2006 animated film and the twelfth film in The Land Before Time series.
Pterodactyl Petrie has problems flying in formation with his siblings, so newcomer Guido advises him to just be himself, but with a great day for flying fast approaching, Petrie must be sure the strange dino can be trusted.
Why It Can't Flip, Flap, and Fly
- Everything is drastically dumbed down here. From the characters to the writing to the story itself, everything her feels so much more immature. This is inexcusable, not just because the first movie managed to convey serious concepts that little kids movies at the time would even touch upon and didn't sugarcoat any of it.
- As usual, the voice acting is annoying.
- The movie feels more like an extended version of an episode from the TV series, which came out a year later.
- As a result of being the twelfth movie in the franchise, the film's main plot feels like an enormous rehash of the plot where the characters go on a journey to learn a lesson. This has already been done to death in many of the previous Land Before Time sequels, not to mention that even the first film could count as this (although it's easily the best example of this storyline in the series).
- The musical numbers, as usual, are downright horrible and poorly-written. They repeatedly shove the film's message "be yourself" down kids' throats.
- Speaking of which, the film also uses its message as a key driving force in its plot, which feels like the most immature way of conveying a message to the target audience.
- Petrie somehow has trouble flying in the movie, despite being able to fly very well in the previous movies.
- Aside from Petrie, most of the other characters are either annoyingly reckless and brash here or bland and one-dimensional with little to no personality or any significant purpose in terms of the plot.
- Guido serves little purpose to the movie. We don't even know who he is or where he came from.
- There's a scene near the end of the movie where Cera's baby sister falls into a river and nearly drowns, which is very disturbing for a kids' movie.
- While most of the voice acting comes off as annoying, some of it can actually be decent at times.
- The animation is still beautiful.
Upon release, The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers received generally unfavorable reviews from critics. It currently has a 2/5 on Common Sense Media, with the website describing it as a "stale, slow dino friends tale for very young only".