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I'll be with you even if you can't see me by Roses-and-Feathers I'll be with you even if you can't see me by Roses-and-Feathers
Littlefoot's mother: Dear, sweet, Littlefoot, do you remember the way to the Great Valley?
Littlefoot: I guess so. But why do I have to know if you're going to be with me?
Littlefoot's mother: I'll be with you. Even if you can't see me.
Littlefoot: What do you mean I can't see you? I can always see you.
-The Land Before Time (original)

Decided to draw this as I happened to be raising my male Meganium, named Littlefoot, in Pokemon SoulSilver. (yes I'm a sane pokemon fan and happy to be one). Seriously, the Chikorita line are actually now my 2nd favourite Johto starter line (the Cyndaquil line is first).

Since many people have drawn Shinx and Deerling acting out the tragic scenes from 'The Lion King' and 'Bambi' respectively (due to the animals these pokemon were based on), I've decided to have Chikorita (and the final evolution, Meganium) pay tribute to one of my favourite 80s and Don Bluth movies of all time- The original Land Before Time.

Petrie, along with Bartok the bat from Anastasia (Hey, I like bats!) remain my 2 all time favourite Don Bluth characters, though in terms of actual Protagonists, I'd say Miss Brisby (from Secret of Nimh), Charlie (from All Dogs Go to Heaven), Littlefoot and Anastasia <3

Now back to the actual scene. Seriously, what made this kid's movie (and some of Don Bluth's earlier films) so great was the fact that Bluth managed to put a ton of different emotions and not sugar-coat every single thing like some childrens' programmes do today. That in my mind made this films (and some of Disney's darker and sometimes not-so-popular films) more nostalgic in my eyes. I'm very surprised that Nostalgia Critic (c) himself- didn't put the Death of Littlefoot's mother on a higher spot on his 'top 11 Nostalgic moments' list. In my mind, it's a LOT more tearjerking than some of Disney's sad scenes (not all of them though).

Enjoy

Chikorita and Meganium (c) Pokemon, Satoshi Tajiri and Nintendo, Game Freak
The Land Before Time (c) Don Bluth :)
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PHIZBENANDPOKEMONRUL Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember this part, this was so sad, For a kids movie, It's heartbreaking, I have cried at this moment, Poor littlefoot's mom....
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Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist
Agreed. One of the saddest moments in animation in my eyes.
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PHIZBENANDPOKEMONRUL Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, I used to watch it but I've grown out of it, I still like it though :D, Chomper is cute.
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MexicanLucario95 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
Man I love this. 2 of my favorites nostalgic moments during my childhood reflects on this picture, and one of the saddest scene I had ever seen. Well Chikorita wasn't my favorite line, but I see that It makes sense for the picture.
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Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist
Thanks <3

Land Before time is my 2nd fave Don Bluth film (first place are secret of NIMH and All dogs go to heaven 1)


Awesome :)
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MexicanLucario95 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Those movies I haven't seen for a long time, but are great movies. My favorite animated movie is The Fox and the Hound, and barely second The Land Before Time.
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RepublicEmpire Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Damnit, I love that movie and will always love it!! You recreate that scene perfect.
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Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist
Thanks.
It's one of my fave Don Bluth movies besides secret of Nimh, an American tail and All dogs go to heaven.

Plus I love the Chikorita line.
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RepublicEmpire Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Those movies are great except he made bad ones as well.
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Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist
Yeah. A troll in Central Park comes to mind *shudders*
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RepublicEmpire Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Yes, and Rock n'Doodle
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PurpleTartan Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was my favourite film as child and this scene, even now, makes me cry. so sad. :)
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Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist
Same here. :) I've always loved Don Bluth's films. (Don Bluth is the director of those movies American Tale, Land Before Time and All Dogs Go To Heaven- well the first films that is)
If people can do the lion king and Bambi sad scenes with Shinx and Deerling respectively, I might as well do the sad scene of Littlefoot's mum with Chikorita.
After all, my Meganuim in SoulSilver is named Littlefoot :)
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PurpleTartan Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I love Don Bluth's films too. :D All dogs Go to heaven and Land before time are two of my favourites. :)

I love that you called your Chikorita Littlefoot, I couldn't do that in my game as my Chikorita was a female. lol :)
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RainbowKitty13 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aww so cute :heart:
Littlefoot :O ? I know this cute dinosaur <3 I love it :3
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stars-in-well Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
O, i love "The Land Before Time" too, so touching
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Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist
Same :)

It's one of my favourite childhood movies.
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TarnedAngel Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why, you drew this scene perfectly! I wouldn't have thought of taking this pokémon line for this, though, I wouldn't even get an idea for which line I should use if not this one :O
Childhood memories :aww:
As I first saw the movie I can remember I didn't even get that Littlefoots mum was dead. . . Yeah XD
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Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist
:hug: glad you like :)

It's because my Meganium in my current run in SoulSilver is named Littlefoot (and the fact Chikorita's final form looks like an Apatosaurus/Brotosaurus/long neck dinosaur), so I got the idea <3 and The Land Before Time is one of my favourite childhood movies :aww:

Petrie the pterosaur was my fave character <3


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TarnedAngel Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I always loved that Tyrannosaurus-baby they had in their group later... Memories of the name, come back!!!
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Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist
Awww Chomper <3 he's soooo cute <3 (Littlefoot named him Chomper because he loved to chomp things XD)
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TarnedAngel Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OH YES. CHOMPER. LOL I drew him often as I was little... those pictures where you don't even know where's left or right XD :heart:
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Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist
Hmmm, I wonder what those are called?....
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TarnedAngel Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No idea :O
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RainbowKittyDreamer Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Y U DRAW DIS?!;A; This makes me sad!This is my childhood right here!It's one of the few things that ACTUALLY made me cry as a child!

But really ADORABLE name for your Chikorita!<3 Naming pokemon after someone special for the win!~ :D
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Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist
I drew it because after seeing some people do shinx-Luxray pics of the sad scene in 'The Lion King' and Deerling-Sawsbuck pics of the sad scene in Bambi, I felt like completing the circle and giving one of my fave childhood movies a tribute. Also, I feel the Chikorita line, starter wise, are very under appreciated game-wise and anime-wise.

Thanks :D I just had to name him after the protagonist of one of my favourite movies. Shame we rarely get good emotional children's films like these anymore due to soccermoms complaining they can scar kids for life.....
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RainbowKittyDreamer Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh yeah..Alot of people HAVE been doing that haven't they?^^ Don't forget Buneary and Lopunny being the Easter Bunny~XD

I'm actually surpised moe people haven't named theirs after him.I mean,most people's childhoods is this movie.
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Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist
Indeed

I think it's because they haven't really made the connection too much.....
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RavensHiddenSoul Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Oh, wow... Such a powerful and bittersweet moment... It makes a lot of sense to render Littlefoot and his mother as these Pokemon, being leaf-oriented and all. :3

I haven't seen those movies for years, but this - and the fanaticism for Tree Stars! - has always stuck in my memory...
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Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist
Thanks.
Yep, not only are the Chikorita line dinosaur-like Saurian, but associated with leaves :) making them perfect for these roles.

I've seen this movie a million times as a kid and I remember many quotes from it :) Petrie the flyer (pterosaur) was my fave- a guy struggling to fly and eventually doing so :aww:
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RavensHiddenSoul Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Exactly~ ^^

Maybe it's just the way my memory works... but I remember feelings more so than words, and all their personalities so much more than what they said. ^^ (Except the very characteristic things - like Ducky's "Yep yep YEP!", and Petri's voice (but not so much quotes), the sadness and giddiness in different scenes even if I don't remember quite what was happening, or - I can't remember his name - but the big leaf-eater that said "Much obliged.")
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prietotheking Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I remember this part, it was really sad.
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Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist
It was indeed :(
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TiElGar Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
So sweet and sad moment in pokemon style :(
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Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist
Agreed

Shame most kids' movies cannot be like this anymore. Don Bluth was great at showing a range of emotions in kids' movies.
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TiElGar Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
I don't know, as I see, where are many cartoons with dramatic emotional scenes these days.
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Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist
I actually ment genuine emotional scenes. There aren't too many US cartoons like that I've heard. Most of these ones with dramatic emotional scenes (actual serious ones) are often foreign.
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TiElGar Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
May be, we just saw a bit different cartoons these days ^_^ Hope, You'll meet cartoons You like too)
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ThatchFangirl12 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
That sounds sad for Littlefoot's mother :(

Even though I'm not a nostalgiatard, I think there should be more kids' movies with sad moments
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Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist
I take it you haven't seen the first Land Before Time? than you should
Its one of the saddest 80s movies in my opinion, but one of my favourites because its a kids' film that shows that even if there is a happy ending, a lot of sad stuff still happens.

PS: I'm sick of people who anyhow use the word 'nostalgiatard'
This is not necessarily Nostalgia I'm talking about, but the way movies are made. Dosen't mean you like an old movie, dosen't mean you are a nostalgiatard- you can like old movies for other things than nostalgia. Newtards can be as bad as well saying things like 'its newer its better' without comparing the quality of the film's content (not graphics) sorry, just saying.

and yes, there should be more well done sad moments in kids' movies.
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ThatchFangirl12 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
I haven't, sorry ^^;

Oh yeah, I'm sorry, again
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Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist
I think someone has posted the movie in parts on youtube (the original, NOT the sequels- the sequels are nice but not as good. And again I'm talking about the quality, not whether they are old or new)

It's ok- just don't misuse it anymore ok?
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ThatchFangirl12 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Okay, I promise
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Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist
:hug:

PS: I tried looking for the full movie of the original Land Before Time, sadly its not on YT.
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jokergirl129 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very good. You captured the expression here very well. Showing through emotions how sad this scene from the movie is.
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Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist
thanks :)

I'm quite surprised that there are a lot of Bambi and Lion king references with Deerling :icondeerlingplz: and Shinx :iconshinxplz: but rarely any Land Before Time references with Chikorita and its evolutions- especially seeing as how memorably sad this scene in the movie really is. (in my opinion, a lot more of a tear-jerker than Mufasa's death even if that was very sad too)
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jokergirl129 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess it might be mainly because they never really connected them together. It's easy to do the Bambie and Lion King scenes with Deerling and Shinx because they look like a deer and a lion.

Now I don't fully know what Chikorita's final form looks like but as plant Pokemon they don't fully look like dinosaurs so maybe that's why.
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Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist
I see your point

Actually, Chikorita's final form, Meganium looks like this:
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jokergirl129 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay so the finale form does look a little dinosaur-ish. But still that's mainly with a finale form and yeah others might not think of it right away. But who knows, maybe other people might now that you've done so.
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Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist
well, I'm not alone on the fact that I think it looks dinosaur-ish (a several other fans do)

maybe :)
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