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The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire
Directed by Charles Grosvenor
Produced by Charles Grosvenor
Written by Len Uhley
Starring Rob Paulsen
Kenneth Mars
Miriam Flynn
Jeff Bennett
Jim Cummings
Aria Curzon
Thomas Dekker
Patti Deutsch
John Ingle
Charles Kimbrough
Tress MacNeille
Anndi McAfee
Michael York
Music by Michael Tavera
James Horner (music from The Land Before Time)
Jerry Goldsmith (Universal logo only)
Distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Release date(s) United States December 5, 2000
Running time 74 min.
Language English
Preceded by The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock (1998)
Followed by The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze (2001)

The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire is the seventh film in The Land Before Time series.

Contents

Plot

One night, Littlefoot sees a "flying rock" (comet) falling from the sky and colliding with a mountain in the Smoking Mountain range. The flying rock's appearance differs very much from any Littlefoot has seen so far, in that it is blue rather than yellow and flies almost parallel to the ground.

When Littlefoot tells about what he has seen the next morning, most of the full-grown dinosaurs in the Great Valley, none of whom has seen the flying rock, disbelieve Littlefoot's story. However, two newcomers, the mysterious "Rainbow Faces", begin to speak eloquently of possibilities of wonders beyond what they know. As for Littlefoot's vision, they suggest it could be a "Stone of Cold Fire" possessing seemingly magical properties. Littlefoot embraces this idea, his imagination having been stimulated by the ideas. However, Mr. Threehorn, being practical tells the Rainbow Faces how things work in the valley (from his point of view): "First, a flying rock is a flying rock. "Second, fire can't be cold. And third, there's nothing beyond the Mysterious Beyond." When the meeting was over, Grandpa advises Littlefoot to leave the matter at rest for now.

Unknown to the others, Petrie's uncle Pterano has also heard. Being a highly ambitious and deceitful character, he makes plans to take possession of the stone and its supposed powers. Pterano and his two cronies, Rinkus and Sierra, confront Littlefoot and his friends and offer to help searching for the stone to prove its existence. Littlefoot refuses to search for the stone, feeling reluctance to trust Pterano. It is soon shown that no adult trusts Pterano, who once was expelled from the Herd on a charge of neglect/desertion.

Following that, Pterano asks Petrie, who idolizes him, to obtain the information about the place where the meteor landed from Littlefoot. This place is Threehorn Peak, a volcano whose top bears a distinct resemblance to the head of a Triceratops.

Ducky is surprised by Sierra while eavesdropping on Pterano, whereupon she is abducted by Pterano. Pterano then sets out for Threehorn Peak, along with Rinkus and Sierra, to find the Stone of Cold Fire. In the aftermath of this, the full-grown dinosaurs tell the young dinosaurs the original reason for Pterano's unpopularity. After being separated from the youngsters in the first film's earthquake, the adults agreed to join herds to find the Great Valley. Having always considered himself higher in rank and abilities than all other dinosaurs, Pterano convinced a group of dinosaurs to follow his leadership on the way to the Great Valley. Careless and over-confident, he led them right into an ambush of Sharpteeth (Deinonychus) who attacked his group. Being able to escape by flying away, Pterano was the only survivor of the group, extremely horrified at what his leadership had wrought. He was expelled from the herd as a punishment for abandoning his followers.

Because the adults are slow to reach decision, Littlefoot and company embark to find Ducky of their own. After crossing a huge canyon by way of walking across massive vines, they manage to find Ducky. Ducky comforts Petrie, who is very distraught about his uncle's actions, stating that Pterano was the least wicked of the three Flyers, and that the potential for goodness still lives in him. Littlefoot and the others continue to pursue the Flyers, hoping to reach the Stone of Cold Fire before them. With the help of the suddenly arrived Rainbow Faces, they achieve the of Threehorn Peak before the flyers' arrival. In provision of the help, it is revealed that the Rainbow Faces have a more than saurian understanding of volcanism; they have the younglings stand on a slab of rock and allow the action of water flashing into steam to carry them.

When they arrive, however, the Stone is shown to be an ordinary meteorite, save for its vivid blue color. Lamenting over this realization, Pterano states that he had meant to create a paradise with the power of the stone, not realizing that this paradise already exists in the form of the Great Valley. The volcano, meanwhile is coming to life; in the nick of time Petrie's mother arrives with a Quetzalcoatlus, to evacuate the young dinosaurs. During this process, Pterano saves Ducky's life. Interestingly, when Ducky is about to fall off the edge of the cliff, there is a flash of light in which Ducky resembles the Parasaurolophus who fell off a cliff in the flashback describing Pterano's error. For his wrongdoings, Pterano is banished from the Great Valley into the Mysterious Beyond, though his saving of Ducky is held in his favor. Therefore his banishment is limited to five winters (five years). Petrie protests against the ban. But Pterano accepts the ban and explain to Petrie that every must accept their own responsibility for their actions of error.

As night falls, Littlefoot finds the Rainbow Faces and asks them when they are leaving. A meteor flies overhead, and the female comments, "Any time now". Littlefoot, somewhat unnerved, puts the question to her and to her male companion: "There was never any such thing as the Stone of Cold Fire, was there?". The male Rainbow Face confirms this and adds that the stone itself never really mattered in the first place, being dwarfed by Littlefoot's effort to achieve it; he then adds that Littlefoot has an intellect remarkable for one of his species— quickly correcting this, when prompted by the female, to his age. The Rainbow Faces go on to reiterate their claim that there are many unknowns to be discovered "beyond the Mysterious Beyond". Before Littlefoot can react, he is suddenly distracted. When he looks back, the Rainbow Faces have gone. In their place is a crystalline pillar of light, which shimmers briefly and vanishes. As it goes, a meteor streaking across the sky suddenly changes its course, flying upward and off into the night. This departure may suggest that the Rainbow Faces themselves may not be from the region...or even this world. However, a Rainbow Face can still be seen in The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water and The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses. It is therefore possible that the Rainbow Faces represent a legitimate species, such as Gallimimus or Troodon. The nature thereof has yet to be disclosed; it is most commonly speculated that they are extraterrestrial beings, who had come to Earth on purpose to study dinosaurs. Their own remarks uttered upon their introduction seem to support this, in that the female seems to have seen many dinosaurs in many places, whose behavior is a constant.

Behind Littlefoot, Cera, Spike, Ducky, and Petrie all come up. Littlefoot, inspired by the Rainbow Faces, reflects that there are many unknowns, adding that such unknowns make life wonderful. His friends do not understand, but the statement is unharmed.

Voice Cast

Songs

The songs are written by Michele Brourman and Amanda McBroom.

  • Beyond the Mysterious Beyond
  • Good Inside
  • Very Important Creature

Home video release history

  • December 5, 2000 (VHS and DVD)
  • December 4, 2001 (VHS and 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)

Production

  • The first in the series to be animated by Wang Film Productions (since the previous five were animated by AKOM and the first by Sullivan Bluth Studios) and use digital ink and paint and for the animation rather than transferring the characters to cels (I-VI).
  • This was the second and last film in The Land Before Time film series without an objective narrator; instead, Petrie narrated the opening segment.
  • This was the first sequel in the series to be released on DVD.
  • This was the third time Spike sings; he mutters Good Inside.
  • The music that plays in the background when the gang is chasing the male Rainbow Face is an instrumental music track from An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster.

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