The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock

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The Land Before Time VI:
The Secret of Saurus Rock
Directed byCharles Grosvenor
Produced byCharles Grosvenor
Written byLibby Hinson
John Loy
StarringThomas Dekker
Anndi McAfee
Aria Noelle Curzon
Jeff Bennett
Kris Kristofferson
Nancy Cartwright
Sandy Fox
John Ingle
Kenneth Mars
Miriam Flynn
Narrated byKenneth Mars
Music byMichael Tavera
James Horner (music from The Land Before Time)
Edited byJay Bixsen
Distributed byUniversal Studios Home Video
Release date
  • December 1, 1998 (1998-12-01)
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock is a 1998 direct-to-video animated adventure musical film and the sixth film in The Land Before Time series about five dinosaurs who live in the Great Valley. It is the first film in which Thomas Dekker is both the singing and speaking voice of Littlefoot. This was the second The Land Before Time direct-to-video film to be produced and directed by Charles Grosvenor, and the South Korean studio AKOM's last overseas animation work on the franchise, as well as the final film to use traditional cel animation.


One night, Littlefoot's grandfather tells the children a legend about "The Lone Dinosaur", a legendary Longneck who protected the Great Valley from the most ferocious Sharptooth to ever live. During the fight, the Sharptooth was killed and the Lone Dinosaur suffered a scar across his right eye. Soon after the battle, a huge monolith resembling a sauropod with life-sized Sharptooth teeth arranged around his neck came out of the ground during an earthshake. The dinosaurs called it "Saurus Rock". The legend also states that if anyone damages the monolith, bad luck would descend upon the Valley.

The next day, while the children are playing, Littlefoot accidentally falls off a cliff and is saved by a mysterious Diplodocus named Doc. Littlefoot is intrigued by Doc, who is scarred across one eye and displays prior knowledge of the Great Valley's topography. This causes him to assume Doc is the Lone Dinosaur. He tells his friends this, narrating an apparently extemporaneous legend to support his assumption. Inspired, Cera's infant nieces, twins Dinah and Dana, go to Saurus Rock unnoticed. The next day, a worried Cera informs Littlefoot that Dinah and Dana are missing, and the group deduces where they are headed.

When Littlefoot and his friends 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 one of the stone teeth on the monolith that Cera is on, and it suddenly breaks off and crumbles upon landing on the ground nearly hitting Spike. Dinah and Dana start to cry. But Cera tells Dana and Dinah that it is not their fault that Saurus Rock was broken; but Littlefoot's. She says to Littlefoot that if he had not been talking about it and Doc (the Lone Dinosaur), then Dinah and Dana would not have run away in the first place. Dana and Dinah corrects her that it was she who told them to get lost due to what happened at the Bubbling Goo. Suddenly, an Allosaurus chases them. The children cross a gorge via a suspended log, but when the Sharptooth tries to follows them, the log breaks under its weight and it falls to its apparent death. On the way home, they are confronted by Cera's father; after Littlefoot tells Cera that the twins (Dinah and Dana) are back and says that Cera's father never knew that they ran away. Cera's father comes up and asks Cera if the twins really ran away ("Ran away? What do you mean Cera? Did the twins really run away?"). Cera says, "Sort of. But they didn't go far". Ducky tells Cera's father that Dinah and Dana went to Saurus Rock. Upon hearing that absurd comment from Ducky, he tells Cera that it was her job to watch the twins and she failed. He scolds Cera for not properly caring for the twins. He says that he is very angry and disappointed and tells her to immediately march herself home. Then as Cera marches herself home, he continues with his talk on her that she still must be watched herself. That night, Littlefoot has a nightmare in which he falls off a tooth on Saurus Rock and the entire monolith collapses.

Over the next few days, incidents of bad luck plague the Valley. After a tornado hits the Valley, the adults blame Doc, as the misfortunes apparently occurred after his arrival, while Littlefoot blames himself and his friends, recalling the breaking of Saurus Rock. Eager to exonerate Doc, Littlefoot attempts to take one of the Sharptooth's teeth to replace the broken stone. In the process, he discovers the Sharptooth is still alive. After temporarily escaping it, Littlefoot is attacked by a Tyrannosaurus, with Grandpa intervening, having been led there by Littlefoot's friends. Soon the Allosaurus returns and works together with the Tyrannosaurus to take down Grandpa Longneck and easily overpower him. However, Doc comes to the rescue. The sharpteeth charge through and run into the rock spire and fall down. Doc and Grandpa work together (now that the sharpteeth are down) to pull down a category of rocks and crush the carnivores to death. When the carnivores are now defeated (after the two longnecks have encased them into a pile of rocks), one of the teeth from the Allosaurus falls out and lands on the ground. Then the children use the broken out tooth (from the Allosaurus) to repair Saurus Rock.

Doc departs, remarking that Littlefoot already has a hero on whom to depend on, referring to Grandpa. Littlefoot asks Grandpa if the bad luck will finally be over. They both agree that while there is no such thing as bad luck, there is also 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 hero and savior called "The Great Dinosaur".

Voice cast[edit]


The songs are written by Michele Brourman and Amanda McBroom.


"If We Hold on Together" (instrumental)

Home video release history[edit]

  • December 1, 1998 (VHS and laserdisc - Universal Family Features)[1]
  • 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)


In August 2014, the New York Post ranked each of the 13 Land Before Time films released up to that point and placed The Secret of Saurus Rock at number 11, calling it "boring and uninspired."[2]

Aria Curzon received an award for "Outstanding Young Voice-Over" at the 2002 Young Artist Awards for her role as Ducky in this film, as well as The Land Before Time V, The Land Before Time VII, and The Land Before Time VIII.[3] The movie was nominated for "Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Home Video Production" at the 27th Annie Awards in 1999, losing to The Lion King II: Simba's Pride,[4] as well as "Most Unwelcome Direct-to-Video Release" at the 1999 Stinkers Bad Movie Awards, beaten by "Bill Clinton's Grand Jury Testimony".[5]

Award Date Nomination Nominee Result
Annie Award November 6, 1999 Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Home Video Production The Land Before Time VI Nominated
Stinkers Bad Movie Awards 1999 Most Unwelcome Direct-to-Video Release The Land Before Time VI Nominated
Young Artist Award April 7, 2002 Outstanding Young Voice-Over Aria Curzon (Ducky) (1997-2001) Won

Cultural references[edit]


  1. ^ "The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock Release Info". Internet Movie Database. 1 December 1998. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b Miller, Gregory E. (13 August 2014). "A rundown of the best and worst 'The Land Before Time' movies". New York Post. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  3. ^ "23rd Annual Young Artists Awards". Young Artist Awards. Archived from the original on April 23, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  4. ^ "Annie Awards - 27th Annie Awards". Annie Awards. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  5. ^ "The Stinkers 1998 Ballot". Stinkers Bad Movie Awards. Archived from the original on May 4, 2007. Retrieved February 15, 2019.

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