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The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island
Directed by Charles Grosvenor
Produced by Charles Grosvenor
Rocky Solotoff (associate producer)
Written by John Loy
Judy Freudberg
Tony Geiss (characters)
Starring Jeff Bennett
Aria Curzon
Thomas Dekker
Miriam Flynn
John Ingle
Brandon LaCroix
Tress MacNeille
Kenneth Mars
Anndi McAfee
Rob Paulsen
Christina Pickles
Cannon Young
Music by Michael Tavera
James Horner (music from The Land Before Time)
Distributed by Universal Studios
Release date(s) December 9, 1997
Running time 73 min.
Language English
Preceded by The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists (1996)
Followed by The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock (1998)

The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island (1997) is an animated film directed by Charles Grosvenor.


Plot summary

After a cloud of swarming locusts descends upon Great Valley, devouring all plants and leaving it a barren wasteland, the inhabitants must seek another place where they can survive until the plants in Great Valley have grown back. However, the Leaf Gobblers have left a path of devastation behind them, leaving no food for the dinosaurs to find. After erring for days and days through this desolation, the herd quarrel and threaten to separate. The main characters do not want to be separated, so they set out to find a location with plentiful food. They leave a trail for the grownups to find them with, and eventually reach the "Big Water" (ocean). There, they see a verdant island connected to the mainland by a thin land bridge. On their way, an earthshake (earthquake) occurs, which they narrowly escape, and which wipes out the bridge.

Isolated on the island, they try out Cera's idea to return by using a log as a boat (which made her seasick). However, a shark ("swimming sharptooth") attacks, and in the confusion and fright which follows, they end up on the island again. That night, they remember their families, while the herd, who followed the trail, sleep on the shores of the beach on the mainland, worrying for them.

The next morning, the children wake up to the shadow of a Sharptooth. They take off, but find themselves cornered by high cliffs. They huddle together when the sharptooth approaches, only to find that it is Chomper (from The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure). He then helps them to hide from his parents, who are also on the island, and provides them with food upon their request. However, an overcautious Cera openly displays distrust to Chomper because he was a Sharptooth, which grieves him, and he departs. Littlefoot follows him and apologizes, but is interrupted by Chomper's mother. She nuzzles him, then leaves, presuming Littlefoot is prey. Littlefoot is intrigued by her display of love to Chomper.

Meanwhile, another Sharptooth living on the island finds the children, and gives them chase. Chomper tries to help, but the Sharptooth overcomes him. His parents then come and battle the Sharptooth near the edge of the island, during which he falls into the Big Water and takes Chomper with him. Littlefoot plunges in to save Chomper while the sharptooth is swept away by the current. Another "swimming sharptooth" appears, but they discover it was an plesiosaur named Elsie who then saves the two from drowning. She returns them to the island, where Chomper's grateful family promises never to harm the children. Still, the gang miss their families, so Elsie offers to take them across the sea, making Cera even more seasick than before. They say their final goodbyes to Chomper, and board Elsie. When back on the mainland, they find out that the herd found a lush, green, little place on the shore to stay in till the Great Valley is green again.

Voice cast


Some European releases of the film did not include subtitles in which Chomper has conversations with his parents (apart from closed captioning). This was the first animated film to use the 1997-present Universal Studios logo at the beginning, but the logo contained cue music instead of original music by Jerry Goldsmith. It was also Universal's first direct-to-video film to use a Universal Studios logo; Universal's previous direct-to-video films contained the 1991-2006 Universal Cartoon Studios logo replacing the 1990-1997 Universal Studios logo. It also was the first direct-to-video film to use the 1991-2006 Universal Cartoon Studios logo at the end, due to the 1997-present Universal Studios logo at the beginning.


The songs are written by Michele Brourman and Amanda McBroom. This is their second collaboration in the series. A shorter version of Friends for Dinner was heard in an episode of The Land Before Time TV series. It features Ruby singing as well. A shorter version of Big Water was heard in an episode of The Land Before Time TV series. It features Chomper, Ruby, and Mo singing as well since the song Big Water was played in this film before Chomper showed up again in this film. An even shorter version was sung in The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water.

  • Big Water
  • Always There
  • Friends for Dinner


  • During the fight scene where Chomper bites the Sharptooth to save his friends, the Shartooth tries attacking him with his mouth, but Chomper manages to jump away just before the Sharptooth sinks his teeth, and he bites his tail accidentaly, causing him to scream. His scream is an altered version of the Howie Scream, deepened and shortened to make it appropriate for a large carnivorous dinosaur.

Home video release history

  • December 9, 1997 (VHS and laserdisc)
  • December 1, 1998 (VHS and laserdisc, the last laserdisc release - Universal Family Features)
  • December 4, 2001 (VHS)
  • April 1, 2003 (DVD)
  • December 2, 2003 (VHS and DVD - 4 Movie Dino Pack (Volume 2) and 9 Movie Dino Pack)
  • February 1, 2005 (DVD - 2 Great Movies Featuring Chomper)

TV Airings

The film aired on HBO Family for the first time ever on January 2, 2009. It also aired on HBO for the first time ever on January 4, 2009, following The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving.


United States

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