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The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock
Directed by Charles Grosvenor
Produced by Charles Grosvenor
Melinda Rediger
Rocky Solotoff
Written by Libby Hinson
John Loy
Starring Nick Barcelona
Jeff Bennett
Nancy Cartwright
Aria Curzon
Thomas Dekker
Miriam Flynn
Sandy Fox
John Ingle
Kris Kristofferson
Danny Mann
Kenneth Mars
Anndi McAfee
Music by Michael Tavera
Danail Getz (uncredited)
James Horner (music from The Land Before Time)
Jerry Goldsmith (Universal logo only)
Distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Release date(s) December 1, 1998
Running time 76 min.
Language English
Preceded by The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island (1997)
Followed by The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire (2000)

The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock, is the sixth film in the series of animation films called The Land Before Time about five dinosaurs who live in the Great Valley.



Littlefoot's grandfather one night tells the protagonist children a story about "The Lone Dinosaur", a legendary longneck who once protected the Great Valley from the most ferocious sharptooth ever to live. A fight ensued, which led to the Sharptooth's death. However, the sharptooth left "The Lone Dinosaur" with a scar slashed across his right eye. Soon after the battle, a huge monolith that resembled a proud sauropod, having life-sized tyrannosaur teeth arranged around his neck, came out of the ground during an earthquake. The dinosaurs called it "Saurus Rock". The legend also states that if anyone damages the monolith, bad luck would descend upon the valley.

A few days later when the kids are playing, Littlefoot accidentally falls off a cliff. Just before he hits the ground, a strange longneck dinosaur (a Diplodocus) rescues him. This longneck introduces himself only as "Doc" and gives no knowledge of his history. Littlefoot is intrigued by this newcomer, who is scarred across one eye and displays prior knowledge of the Great Valley's topography.

For the preceding reasons, Littlefoot assumes that Doc is the Lone Dinosaur. He tells his friends this, narrating an apparently extemporaneous legend to support his assumption. Inspired, Cera's infant niece and nephew, the twins Dinah and Dana, go to Saurus Rock without anyone noticing. Later when the friends are playing, they notice that Dinah and Dana are missing. Recalling their talk of the day before, they go to Saurus Rock to find them.

When they finally reach Saurus Rock, they see Dinah and Dana on the top. As they climb up to rescue them, Dinah and Dana fall off the top and land on Cera, causing the life-sized stone tooth on which she is standing to break off.

As they walk home, an Allosaurus chases them. As they are pursuing it, they cross a gorge via through a suspended log. As the Allosaurus follows them, he throws the log over the ravine. They start to get out, and no sign of the Allosaurus yet, until Spike gets stuck though the gap in the log, and when he gets out, the Allosaurus breaks the log and falls into the ravine below.

When they get home, Cera is confronted by her father, who scolds her for losing the twins. Over the next few days, ill fortunes ranging from injuries to a tornado plague the valley. The adults blame Doc, in whose wake the misfortunes have apparently come, while Littlefoot blames himself and his friends, recalling the breaking of Saurus Rock.

Eager to prove himself a solitary hero, as great as the Lone Dinosaur (whom he idolizes), Littlefoot attempts alone to take one of the Allosaur's teeth to replace the broken stone. He discovers, as he attempts to extract the tooth, that the Allosaurus is still alive. While he is running, he crawl between a large boulder that the Allosaurus is trying to break through, and Littlefoot is confronted by the most ferocious Tyrannosaurus that looks like it was from the story, and is almost eaten. Just as the Tyrannosaurus is near to him, he is rescued by his grandfather, who tells him to run as he finds his friends who lead his grandfathe there. The Tyrannosaurus is then joined by the Allosaurus who broke through the boulder and are working together to take down his grandfather. The Allosaurus's leg is suddenly grabbed and pulled down by Doc's tail, who helps his grandfather. The two sharpteeth try to make a clear shot together, but hit the rock tower instead. The two elders then combine their efforts and imprison the Sharpteeth by tearing down the rock tower. The children cheer as the sharpteeth have been defeated and have a tooth for Saurus Rock.

Littlefoot and his friends then complete Littlefoot's self-assigned mission. Doc departs, remarking as he goes that Littlefoot already has a hero on whom to depend, referring to Littlefoot's grandfather, as Littlefoot glances back at his grandfather carrying his friends to the neck of Saurus Rock. He then glances back at Doc, who was already almost out of sight, as Littlefoot sheds tears, but runs back to his grandfather. He asked his grandfather how the new tooth looked, and his grandfather replied positively and Littlefoot wondered if the bad luck would finally be over. But his grandfather was starting to remind him, but Littlefoot finished it for him that there was no such thing as bad luck, but that there was no harm in making sure. Littlefoot and Cera later build a legend of their own based on this new paradigm, portraying Grandpa Longneck as a savior.

Voice cast


The songs are written by Michele Brourman and Amanda McBroom.

  • The Legend of the Lone Dinosaur
  • Bad Luck
  • On Your Own

Home video release history

  • December 1, 1998 (VHS and laserdisc - 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)
  • November 29, 2005 (DVD - 2 Mysteries Beyond the Great Valley)

Cultural references

  • Beethoven's 3rd shows some scenes from this film.
  • "The Lone Dinosaur" seems to be a parody of The Lone Ranger. Doc also contains similar traits to characters played by John Wayne, Doc's name even sounding similar to Wayne's nickname, "Duke." However, this may be a coincidence.

TV Airings

After five months of disappearance on American television since March 2008, the film re-aired on Cartoon Network on September 10, 2008.

United States


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