The Land Before Time sequels get a bad rap, but while they’re not particularly _good_, they’re not anywhere near as bad as most of the Disney DTV sequels. For all their obvious faults, the films’ saving grace is their genuine sense of atmosphere, and this is one of the strongest examples of that: you genuinely feel a sense of mystery and wonder in places. To that evocative sense of mood, this film adds a visible upgrade in the series’ animation quality and a surprisingly complex anti-villain played very nicely by Michael York. As for the score, these sequels generally feature one reasonably attractive atmospheric ballad, and “Beyond the Mysterious Beyond” fits the bill fairly well, even though the film also features the usual compliment of inane, unmotivated kids’ songs and a sanitized rip-off of “Be Prepared” called “Very Important Creature”. This is actually one of the better entries in the series, and while it certainly had its share of tedious moments, compared to plenty of young kids’ films I’ve covered for this retrospective, it’s not really all that terrible.