The Land Before Time with Kenny Gray

Kenny Gray of Mess + Finesse joins Julia and Geoffrey to discuss one of his childhood faves: The Land Before Time.

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Content Warning: We briefly discuss the death of a real child in this episode. We don’t go into a lot of detail about it, but if you would rather not hear about it at all, skip from 52:30 to 53:35.

Kenny Gray of Mess + Finesse joins Julia and Geoffrey to discuss one of his childhood faves: The Land Before Time. What happens when Don Bluth stares at the moon while smoking a clove cigarette? Perhaps this treatise on humanity thinly disguised in (really weirdly scaled) dinosaur trappings!

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Image description: Petrie stands on Little Foot’s head while Ducky looks on from below. Petrie is carrying a rolled up tree star.

This discussion goes into some fascinating places as we talk the joys of good foley effects, dark themes in children’s media, a soothing Swedish picture book about the inevitability of death, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s concept of language as fossil poetry, screen writer Stu Krieger’s Tedx Talk, Jenny Nicholson’s deep dive into The Land Before Time straight to video sequels, and more!