Narrator: And so, the nine hungry dinosaurs set off for the Great Valley. There had never been such a herd before - two Apatosaurus, a Triceratops, a Parasaurolophus, a Pteranodon, a Stegosaurus, a Tyrannosaurus, a Microraptor, and an Oviraptor - all together, all knowing that if they lost their way they would starve... Or find themselves in Red Claw's shadow.
After a long rest, the Dinosaur herd continued to traverse through the mysterious unknown. Most of the dinosaurs stuck together, with the exception of Cera, who preferred to walk ahead of the herd and for the most part was not much for conversation. To ensure that Spike would keep up, to keep him distracted, Guido, having taken a seat atop of Ali, practically had to lure the Stegosaur with some berries hanging over a stem just to get him to follow the herd. Eventually, they stood before a small stream that flowed ahead of them. Littlefoot and Ali scanned the area, thinking that somewhere close by there was food for them to eat.
Littlefoot: Hmm. Plants grow where there's lots of water.
Ali: Right. So if we follow this little stream, we might find some vegatation nearby.
Petrie attempts to sniff the water, as carefully as he could. Though his sense of smell was not as strong as the much bigger dinosaurs, it was hard to find a scent. Ducky walks up close to him almost feeling sorry for Petrie, even though it was clear that he was at least trying.
Petrie: Hmph. No foods here, and me still hungry.
Ducky: (sighes, patting his back) I know Petrie. Oh yes, yes, yes... I'm still hungry, too.
Petrie looks at Ducky and smiles for a bit, finally someone other than Ruby and Guido who understands him. Just then, the dinosaurs finally caught a scent, a much stronger scent as they followed the stream. Altogether, the dinosaurs practically gulped the air as they got closer and closer.
Littlefoot: (sniffs) Can you smell something?
Ali: (sniffs) Yeah. Me, too.
Even Chomper, who stood close by Ali during the whole trip, stuck his nose into the air to sniff the scent. Ruby admired Chomper's efforts, his sense of curiosity encouraged to experience new things. While Ali and Littlefoot were temporarily distracted, Ruby stuck close to the littlest of the herd.
Ruby: You smell it too, don't you, Chomper?
Chomper: (sniffs) Uh-huh... Yes.
Including the fact that Chomper was still a baby since he just hatched out moments ago, it also came to be aware from the herd that most Tyrannosaurs hardly ever used speech. It's not as if they were incapable of speech, they were never raised or encouraged to do so. With none of the parents to teach them the skills of life, apart from hunting and scavenging, it wasn't often a Tyrannosaurus could learn to speak until now.
In time during their journey, Chomper slowly began to learn the words that were spoken, though he could only speak a few. Still... It was a step beyond normal Tyrannosaur behaviour indeed. While as for the others, they were busy finding the source of that powerful scent that filled their nostrils.
Littlefoot: I smell water...
Ali: I smell... (sniffs)
Littlefoot and Ali: Tree stars!
Low and behold, just down from the cliff they stood, standing in the midst of a small valley was an alumni of trees with a great many leaves all over its branches. Enough food to feed an entire herd for a full day's journey or more if they were lucky.
Ducky: Look Spike! Plant-life!
Cera: The Great Valley! I found it! (chuckles)
Littlefoot: (unamused) Oh, good grief Cera, can't you...
Suddenly, the ground started to rumble under their feet. They turn down as small pebbles began to bounce rapidly off the ground and the Earth started to shake. Above them, small rocks and dust fell from the mountain sides, the bigger rocks slowly started to roll down.
Guido: (screams) Earthquake!
Scared out of his wits, Guido latched onto Ruby, clearly not amused with Guido's reaction. But at the same moment, she knew that something was not right. But whatever it was, it was more than just an earthquake. Ruby leans her head onto the ground, as if listening through the sound waves. Somehow, she recognized what it was.
Ruby: (raises her head up) Earthquake, it is not. But get moving, we should.
Littlefoot: Agreed. C'mon, everyone!
The dinosaurs nodded in agreement, quickly making their way down the mountain path and towards a covering from whatever was coming. In the midst of the chaos, Chomper tripped and a loose rock rolled along till it came to a halt on Chomper's tail. Chomper tries to pull himself free but the rock had him pinned to the ground. He cries out to the teenage dinosaurs, yelling for help!
Chomper: Ali! Ali!
Ali turns around and sees Chomper's tiny form pinned to the boulder. Immediately, she turned and with her head she shoved the boulder off of Chomper, much to his relief.
Littlefoot: (calling out) Ali! Chomper! Get out of there!
Quickly, she lifts him up by her teeth and places him gently onto her back, running back to rejoin the others as quickly as they could.
For at that moment, by the time she ducked down with the others, a Diplodocus herd burst through the mountain walls and the motley band of dinsaurs barely ducked in time to avoid the collision of this great herd. They charged past Littlefoot and the group, rushing toward the trees below. Cera, lifting her head before the others, stares out with a look of outrage as the Diplodocus herd proceeds to eat all the leaves hanging off the trees.
Cera: They're eating our food! Look, look what they're doing! They're so greedy! What about me? I'm still hungry!
Petrie: (picks himself up) You hungry? Me empty all the way to the top! Now we at the Great Valley and still got no foods! (sighs)
Guido: (groans) Let's face it. We'll be hungry... FOREVER! (wails)
Littlefoot: (shakes his head) No, you guys. Cera's wrong; this isn't the Great Valley.
Ali: No, Chomper. Littlefoot's right.
Ruby: (sighs) A great anything, it is not.
Ducky: Nope, nope, nope.
They soon hear movement again as the Diplodocus herd, satisfied with their meal, was on the move again. By the time they left, they had completely depleted the trees. With all the leaves gone, the trees were barren and the branches, if any were left, hung loosely. All and all, there was nothing left on that tree to eat.
Ali: (sighs) What do we do now?
Littlefoot: Right now, we go down there... And hope we find some vegetation left over.
Chomper: (points eagerly) Bugs?
Littlefoot: (chuckles) Yes, Chomper. Bugs too.
Guido: Actually, I wouldn't mind sharing some bugs too. Microraptors are insectivores, y'know.
Littlefoot soon leads the group down towards the hill; Cera stands there for one moment with a frown on her face. Not because of the fact that the tree was empty and bare, she was already mad about that. But the fact that the dinosaurs were fine having a Tyrannosaurus amongst them and not even taking into account that he's a carnivore. She gives a snort of frustration before she finally follows the group. After a long walk, they come across a few trees with some leaves left on top. It was the first sign of vegetation they had seen for miles and lucky for them the Diplodocus herd was nowhere to be seen though their tracks were clearly visible.
Littlefoot: Petrie, do ya think you could fly up there...
Petrie: No, no!
Ducky: Petrie, do not feel sad. It is all right.
Ruby: Ducky's right. Many things don't fly at all. Rocks, trees, sticks...
As Ruby runs down the list, Littlefoot turns his attention to Ali, who has had Chomper and Guido with her during this course of the trip.
Littlefoot: Ali, you stay with Chomper, Guido, and Ruby. The rest of us will see if we can get the leaves off of this tree.
Ali: Okay, Littlefoot. But be careful.
Littlefoot gives Ali a wink, assuring her he's got this under control. With Petrie standing on his head, feeling the vibration of chatter from his beak, Littlefoot stood on his hind legs and leaned on the tree, attempting to reach the leaves looming overhead. The idea is for Littlefoot to get Petrie to reach the leaves, but he just stands there petrified out of fear. Fortunately, Ducky manages to get on Littlefoot's back, adding some help to boost Petrie upwards.
Littlefoot: Easy, Ducky. Try to push Petrie towards the branches.
Ducky does so, slowly boosting Petrie upwards, as the Pteranodon tries to control his apparent fear of heights. As she continues to do so, Spike walks up behind Littlefoot.
Littlefoot: (noticed) All right, Spike. Not too fast. (felt Spike under his hind feet) Whoa!
Using his great strength, Spike digs his feet into the ground and pushed Littlefoot higher and higher towards the branches.
Littlefoot: Uh, okay... Hey, not too fast. (rapidly pushed upward) Hey, not too fast!
Littlefoot, Ducky, and Petrie could feel a great force pushing them up higher than necessary. Petrie nearly looses his balance and ends up looking down to the ground. Seeing how high up they are, a wave of vertigo hits Petrie and nearly panics. While all of this is going on, Cera just stands by another tree and doesn't even try to control herself. To her, this was the most hilarious thing she ever saw in her life.
Cera: You four look so ridiculous! (laughs)
Littlefoot and the others did their best to ignore Cera's taunting, despite this rather unorthodox method of gathering leaves from the trees. Calming himself down, Petrie closes his eyes and rapidly pulls down each leaf as quickly as possible. When Spike saw the leaves come down, he immediately took bites at them, eventually leaving Littlefoot dangling in the air before he loses his grip on the tree. Littlefoot and Ducky fall back down to the ground, as Petrie latches onto a loose branch with one claw.
Ali: Littlefoot, Ducky, are you guys okay?
Littlefoot: (groans) I think so.
Ducky: (annoyed) Spike!
Spike, realizing what he did, gave an expression of shame, feeling sorry for his actions. Ali just shakes her head and turns back to Petrie, who is still up in the tree.
Ali: (calls out) C'mon down, Petrie, we got food!
Petrie struggled to get a grip on the branch. Unfortunately, the branch suddenly snapped and he starts falling to the ground, throwing his wings around in mid-air.
Guido: Fly, Petrie! Flap your wings!
Together, Littlefoot, Ali, Ducky, and Spike blow a breath of air along Petrie's wings, enough to cushion his fall as he slowly drops to the pile of leaves. He takes some deep breates before turning to the dinosaurs.
Petrie: (to Ducky) Me flied?
Ducky just responds with a sigh, no words to give in response. Looking around, Guido suddenly spies some tiny creatures in some upturned soil made by the Diplodocus herd. Guido immediately recognized what it was.
Guido: Say, I think I found some bugs for us, Chomper.
Then, to the surprise of the group, Guido opens his four "wings" and jumps off Ali's back. With the exception of Cera, they watch, as Guido appears to glide through the air, allowing the wind to carry him, until eventually he lands onto the ground. Only then did he notice the shocked expressions on their faces.
Guido: What? Never saw a Microraptor glide before?
Ali: (giggles) That is actually a good technique to have, Guido. (lifts Chomper, carefully setting him to the ground)
Guido: (chuckles nervously) Oh, yeah. Well, to be honest, it's not easy being a glider. I have to use my claws to climb trees in order to get from one place to the next.
Ducky: Oh, that is interesting. It is, it is.
Chomper: Can we have bugs now, Guido?
Guido: (examines the bugs in the soil) Hmm, I don't see why not.
Without hesitation, Guido and Chomper dive in and latch onto as many bugs they could get their claws on. As soon as they had plenty, they proceeded to eat the bugs, one handful at a time. From the slimy, slippery worms to the beetles with hard shells on the outside, all of them different but to them an edible treat.
Guido: (mouth full) Y'know, Chomper, you're not such a bad kid after all.
Chomper: (mouth full) Thanks... I think.
Soon enough, everyone in the herd had their share of their respective foods, eating as much as they can before the long journey ahread. As Ali enjoyed a mouthful of leaves, she turned her attention to Cera, still standing by tht tree by herself and looking out toward the horizon. Feeling a sense of pity, she walks over to Cera, who turns her head around as the Apatosaurus loomed over her.
Ali: Y'know, Cera, you're welcome to have some food, if you'd like.
Cera: (stands up) I can get my own food, thank you very much.
Taking position, Cera charges toward the same tree, hoping to get its leaves down, but with very little success. Either because there were no leaves left or Cera wasn't strong enough. Regardless, Cera stubbornly stuck to her task. Seeing Cera try-and-fail to get the leaves down, as hardheaded as her own head was, Ali simply shakes her head and throws some leaves her way. Seeing the leaves fall in front of her, thinking it was through her own actions, Cera takes a bit at the leaves and backs away.
Cera: See? I can take care of myself... All by myself. I'm not afraid to be alone!
Littlefot: (gulps down leaves, in sarcastic tone) Yeah... You keep telling yourself that.
Cera: (unfazed) I know my way to go. (sits herself down) And... I'm not afraid of Red Claw! (paused, tauntingly) I hope he doesn't eat any of you.
Chomper: (mouth full, turns to Ali) Red Claw?
Ali: Don't worry, Chomper. There's no Red Claw out there.
Littlefoot: But, just to be safe, we should be careful of other predators that could be out there. Like Screech and Thud.
Ruby: On that, we agree.
Ducky: (gasps) Red Claw. Spike, ahem.
Ducky urges Spike to follow her, the Stegosaurus quick to obliege regardless if he understood or not. As she looks on towards the other dinosaurs, Cera makes herself comfortable in her spot by the tree. To Cera, it didn't matter to her if they believed her story or not. She only joined the herd because the sooner she was with her family in the Great Valley, the sooner she'd never have to be around them again. It was only a matter of time, no matter how many are left when it's over.
In the meantime, Littlefoot, Ali, Chomper, and Ruby manage to find a place to sleep in the valley. As they set up, Littlefoot turns toward the others and his expression changes. Ducky, Petrie, Spike, and Guido decide to sleep with Cera for the night, regardless if she cared or not (though it's clear there was no argument). Littlefoot just couldn't understand them sometimes, even after all the taunting and the pain that Cera has been to them, they still willingly follow Cera no matter what. Littlefoot gives a sigh, as if he's starting to doubt in his ability as a leader. He feels a nudge and turns to see Ali looking toward him.
Ali: Don't worry, Littlefoot. I believe you, no matter what Cera says. (winks)
Chomper: I believe you too.
Ruby: As do I.
Touched by their words, a smile soon returns to Littlefoot's face. After turning back to the others one more time, Littlefoot joins up with Ali and the other two toward their sleeping space. As they settle in under the cool night air, Littlefoot keeps his eyes open as if still contained in his thoughts.
On the other side, the loud snoring from each of the others breaks the silence. So much that it forces Ducky to wake up. Try as she might, all her efforts to go back to sleep are no good. Giving up, Ducky moves away from the others and slowly makes her way to where Littlefoot and the others were sleeping. They turn to see Ducky approach, sighing happily to see her. They soon see that Ducky did not come alone, as Petrie and Guido followed close behind and find suitable places around their friends to perch. They feel a rumble as Spike joins with the group.
They do their best to sleep, but the nightlife makes it rather difficult for sleep to be made possible. Suddenly, Petrie sees a shadowy creature that appeared in the shape of a Raptor's head.
Petrie: (nervously) What that?
Littlefoot wakes up, turning to the shadow. Suspicious, he looks another way and sees that it was merely a shadow of the tree's leaves blowing in the wind.
Littlefoot: It's okay. It's just a trick of the wind.
Guido, still uneasy, looks from side-to-side at their surroundings. Suddenly, he thought he saw Red Claw looming over from the distance.
Guido: Look there!
But as the clouds began to clear in the sky, the outline of Red Claw turns out to be just a rock and nothing more. They all sigh with relief, as they do their best to go back to sleep. Out of all the dinosaurs in the group, Ducky had the most difficult time.
Ducky: (sighs) It is no use; I cannot get to sleep without my mommy.
Ali: You miss her, huh?
Ducky nods sadly, tears stream down her cheeks. She soon turns to everyone and shares her sadness through song.
Ducky: (sings) When the sun went down
And everyone was sleeping
If I heard a sound
Like things around me creeping
She would wrap her tail around me
And tell me "Don't be scared"
And I knew that I was safe because
She's always there
Ruby: (sings) When the storms would come
And things would seem so bad
And I'd wanna cry
I'd listen to my dad
He promised that the rain would pass
The day would soon be fair
And I never was afraid because
He's always there
Together: (sings) Always there
Someone you can count on
To comfort you
Like a green, green valley
You can come home to
Littlefoot: (sings) I remember now
Like it was yesterday
She would hold me close
And then I'd hear her say
"You know I'll never leave you...
You can find me everywhere
In the morning light, the evening star
I'm always there"
Together: (sings) Always there
Someone you can count on
To comfort you
Like a green, green valley
You can come home to
As all the dinosaurs settled in for the night, comforted by that little heartwarming number, Littlefoot gently pulls Ali's tail and wrapped it around Chomper till he was nice and snug, so that way her tail would keep Chomper warm at night. He doesn't respond in any other way except for a small yawn, as Littlefoot smiles down at his "son". He soon turns his attention to the evening sky, as if he could feel his mother's spirit watching over him and he looks right toward the stars and smiles.
Littlefoot: (sings) Always there
After hitting that final note, Littlefoot lays his head next to Ali and drifts off to sleep. Meanwhile, Cera wakes up feeling slightly cold from the night air. She awakens with a gasp, turning one side to the other before she sees that all the dinosaurs, who had slept with her, have left her side to sleep with Littlefoot and the others. Shivering from the cold of night, Cera reluctantly rises from her spot and slowly approaches the dinosaurs. Moving ever so slightly, so as not to wake any of them, she lays to rest close to the group, comforted by the soothing warmth. Unbeknownst to her, Littlefoot opens one eye and watched as Cera drifted to sleep with them. He wasn't sure, but he swore that in that single moment, Cera actually smiled in her sleep. Littlefoot smiles and closes his eyes, as the sounds and music of the night's wondrous creatures soothed each and every one of the dinosaurs in the group.
Before long, the hour of dawn came upon the land and the world glowed under the sun's radiant beauty. Even so, all nine dinosaurs were still fast asleep, as if nothing on this planet could awaken them. Suddenly, a huge yet faint roar echoes on the horizon and yet loud enough to awaken Cera. Curious, she turns around towards the roar and gasps, seeing where the roar came from and what made it. Slowly, she ducks back down and turns back to the others.
Cera: (to Littlefoot) Wake up... Wake up.
Still Littlefoot continues to sleep, Cera's urging was not loud enough to wake him. Cera turns back as she can hear the mighty rumble of footsteps getting close. Desperate, she nudges Littlefoot.
Cera: Wake up!
Littlefoot: (drowsily) Huh? Wha--? (turns to Cera) Hey, stop that.
Ali: (moans) What's going on?
Cera: (whispers) Shh! It's Red Claw.
Littlefoot: (annoyed) Cera, knock it off already.
Cera: (panics) Shh! He'll eat us! He'll eat us! (runs away) Run!
Cera's scream awoke the others from their sleep, as Cera stumbles her way across the others and runs as fast as she can just as a dark shadow loomed over the group.
Littlefoot: Cera, come back here!
Ali: (looks, gasps) Littlefoot, behind you!
Suddenly, Littlefoot finally notices the shadow looming over him. He turns around, looks up, and gasps at what stood before them - The monstrous Tyrannosaurus, Red Claw. This was no illusion, nor a trick of the sun, Red Claw was alive! Quickly, Ali picks up Chomper and joins with the other dinosaurs, managing to get away just as Red Claw stomped his foot towards them. They knew that there was no way they could outrun Red Claw, but luckily Littlefoot spots a column of rocks ahead of them.
Littlefoot: Head over towards the rocks!
All the dinosaurs ran as fast as their legs could carry them. Cera takes the lead up front, followed by Ducky with Petrie clinging on her back. Spike and Ruby follow close behind with Ali beside them, who in the heat of the chase managed to place Chomper onto her back. Fortunately, due to a slight gust in the air, Guido was able to glide through the air before joining Chomper on Ali's back. Behind them all, Littlefoot ran with great determination calling all the dinosaurs to keep running like their lives depended on it.
Littlefoot: Don't look back! Keep going!
Eventually, they reach the cliffs towards a small opening in the center. As Red Claw got closer and closer towards the group, the dinosaurs pushed themselves to run harder and faster. At first glance, the opening appeared small for their large frames to squeeze through. But it was either trying to push themselves through to safety or give in and become food to satisfy Red Claw's hunger. They pushed through as best as they could, as Red Claw makes a desperate leap towards them with jaws wide open and ready to bite. Luckily, they managed to push each other through the hole and stumbled down a small hill and just out of harm's way. Cera recovers from the dreadful spill, looking forth towards Red Claw, who was pointlessly struggling to reach them but to no avail. With that matter settled, Cera turns toward Littlefoot.
Cera: Now will ya believe me?
Littlefoot: Okay, okay, I'm sorry.
Ali: Well, at least we're safe now, Littlefoot.
Cera: (scoffs) Nobody's safe with your boyfriend.
Angered, Littlefoot looks away and yet deep down he couldn't hide that Cera has a point. He thought most of what Cera said was one big story, a matter to make her look good in front of the dinosaurs. But it was clear that what Cera said, about Red Claw being alive, was true. And now that he lives, it would only make the journey that much difficult. But then, to his surprise, Littlefoot spots something just up ahead.
Littlefoot: (gasps) Look! It's the rock that looks like a Sauropod... Just like my mother said!
Chomper: Is that good?
Ali: (smiles) It's better, Chomper! It means we're going the right way after all!
Littlefoot and Ali: The way to the Great Valley!
Their shout echoes for some miles across the land and perhaps a ray of hope that the Great Valley will not be far from now. If they should reach it before Red Claw, if they should see their families waiting for them, by then their journey to freedom will be over before they knew it. For now, they were already on the right trail.