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The Land Before Time VII:
The Stone of Cold Fire
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Directed by Charles Grosvenor
Produced by Charles Grosvenor
Written by Len Uhley
Starring Thomas Dekker
Anndi McAfee
Aria Noelle Curzon
Jeff Bennett
Rob Paulsen
Michael York
Jim Cummings
John Ingle
Miriam Flynn
Kenneth Mars
Charles Kimbrough
Patti Deutsch
Tress MacNeille
Music by Michael Tavera
James Horner (music from The Land Before Time)
Studio Universal Cartoon Studios
Distributed by Universal Studios Home Video
Release date(s) December 5, 2000 (2000-12-05)
Running time 74 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire is a 2000 American direct-to-video animated adventure musical drama and the seventh film in The Land Before Time series, produced and directed by Charles Grosvenor. It stars the voices of Thomas Dekker, Anndi McAfee, Aria Curzon, Jeff Bennett and Rob Paulsen, and introduces Charles Kimbrough, Patti Deutsch, Jim Cummings and British actor Michael York. This was the only Land Before Time film to be written by Len Uhley. This is the first installment to not have John Ingle's narration. Starting with The Stone of Cold Fire, Taiwanese-American studio Wang Film Productions takes over the overseas animation work on the entire Land Before Time series until the 2007–08 television series of the same name and The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends, after South Korean studio AKOM provided their animation for the last five direct-to-video sequels: The Great Valley Adventure, The Time of the Great Giving, Journey Through the Mists, The Mysterious Island, and The Secret of Saurus Rock.

Plot

Late one night, Littlefoot sees a strange, blue-colored meteor falling from the sky and crashing into Threehorn Peak, a volcano in the Smoking Mountain range. When Littlefoot describes it the next morning, the adults in the Great Valley do not take it as a serious matter if they even believe it at all, except for two newcomers, the mysterious "Rainbow Faces". The Rainbow Faces tell them of possibilities of wonders beyond what they know, and suggest the rock may be a "Stone of Cold Fire", which is capable of possessing magical properties. Cera's father, however stops the Rainbow Faces and forbids them or anybody else to "fill the children's heads with rubbish". Littlefoot tries to tell Cera's father that he knew where the flying rock was and how he can find it. But Cera's father warns Littlefoot about the Mysterious Beyond and how it's off-limits. Littlefoot's grandfather agrees and tells Littlefoot that until the far-walkers leave the Great Valley, it would be better if they don't make any more fuss about the flying rock.

Pterano, the long lost outcast uncle of Littlefoot's friend Petrie, overhears the entire conversation and conspires to find the rock to use its powers to take control of the Valley. Pterano asks Petrie, who idolizes him, for the location of the rock and learns its location. Littlefoot's friend Ducky overhears Pterano's plan, but before she can warn the others, Pterano and his cronies, Rinkus and Sierra (a pair of Rhamphorhynchus and Cearadactylus), capture her and set out to find the Stone. Upon discovering Ducky's abduction, the adults tell the young ones how Pterano led some of their herd during their search for the Valley, but had accidentally brought his followers to a pack of Deinonychus. Pterano was able to fly away, but the event left him emotionally scarred, and he was expelled from the herd as punishment for leading his followers into danger. Because the adults are slow to reach a decision, Littlefoot, Petrie, Cera, and Spike take off by themselves in search of Ducky. A thunderstorm comes.

Meanwhile, Ducky escapes the Flyers and falls into a cave while fleeing. After the children find her, Ducky comforts Petrie, who is distraught about his uncle's actions, by stating that she could tell that Pterano is the least wicked of the three Flyers, and that he still has a potential of doing good. Rinkus and Sierra suddenly re-capture Ducky and pursue the children in violation of Pterano's orders, but the children are able to outsmart the two evil Flyers. Afterwards, Sierra displays mutinous feelings towards Pterano, but Rinkus convinces him to hold off betraying Pterano until they find the Stone.

The children pursue the Flyers, hoping to reach the Stone before them. Aided by the Rainbow Faces, who suddenly appear and offer their knowledge of volcanoes, they manage to arrive at Threehorn Peak before the Flyers. However, both groups discover that the Stone is just an ordinary meteorite. Lamenting over this realization, Pterano explains 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. Unwilling to believe the Stone is not magical, Rinkus and Sierra betray Pterano. However, as they attempt to get the Stone to give them power, the volcano begins to erupt, and Pterano saves Ducky from certain death when the eruption knocks her off the edge of the mountain.

Petrie's mother arrives with a friend (who is a huge flyer) to evacuate the children, leaving Rinkus and Sierra to be caught in the meteorite's explosion (which they tried to bash) and they land back at the site where they camped earlier (quite burned, singed, and bruised). Pterano is thanked for saving Ducky's life. Back in the Great Valley, the grown-ups have a meeting and decide about Pterano's fate. For rescuing the children (spoken by Littlefoot's grandfather), Pterano's exile from the Valley will be reduced to until five cold times have passed (five winters/years). Petrie cuts in and tries to plead against the punishment, begging the grown-ups to let Pterano live in the Valley forever. However, Petrie's mother tells Petrie that even though Pterano may be sorry, it does not change what he did (erase his actions) and he must still be held responsible. Pterano, agreeing with the banishment, tells Petrie that everyone (including himself) has to take responsibility for their actions and assures Petrie that he should be fine. Accepting the result, Petrie tearfully bids Pterano farewell with the latter saying he will miss Petrie before Cera's father forces Pterano away (begging him to move on). This prompts him to remark to the latter that there are things he will not miss at all.

That night, Littlefoot finds the Rainbow Faces and asks them if the meteorite really was a Stone of Cold Fire. They admit that while it wasn't, his effort to search for it was what really mattered, and reiterate that there are many unknowns to be discovered "beyond the Mysterious Beyond". Littlefoot is then momentarily distracted, and when he turns around, he finds the Rainbow Faces have disappeared in a pillar of light, implied to be a Tractor beam, indicating that the Rainbow Faces are aliens. As his friends find him, an inspired Littlefoot reflects that there are many unknowns and that such unknowns make life wonderful.

Voice cast

Songs

All songs written and composed by Michele Brourman and Amanda McBroom. 

No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "Beyond the Mysterious Beyond"   Thomas Dekker, Anndi McAfee, Charles Kimbrough & B. J. Ward  
2. "Good Inside"   Thomas Dekker, Anndi McAfee, Aria Curzon & Jeff Bennett  
3. "Very Important Creature"   Michael York, Jim Cummings & Rob Paulsen  
4. "Beyond The Mysterious Beyond (Reprise)"   Charles Kimbrough & B. J. Ward  
5. "If We Hold on Together"      
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