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Re: Petrie Showcase - June 2019
« Reply #20 on: July 01, 2019, 01:01:56 PM »
Another great showcase topic. Again I enjoyed reading everyone's thoughts.

Perhaps part of the reason that is so is because the pacing of the first LBT after its script was cut all over the place does not lend itself well to Petrie. Significantly, he lacks a hatch scene when everyone else has one, which means he first appears almost halfway in the film's runtime as a result, and he tends to share scenes with Ducky, who usually steals his thunder as a result. He does get a spectacular end scene with Sharptooth where he learns how to fly at last, but that is probably his singular standout magnum opus scene in the whole film. He's not bad per se, he just doesn't stick out as much.

Petrie in general gets a whole lot more development and the chance to shine in the numerous sequel films, especially in Stone of Cold Fire and Great Day of the Flyers where they delve into his history and relationship with his family.

I didn't think of that before, but that's probably why I'm not as attached to Petrie as I am to Littlefoot and Cera and Ducky. In the first film at least, as you said, he just stands out less than the others. Although that said, I don't think it was due to the film being edited down. If you look at the film's script, which otherwise contains a lot of deleted scenes, it doesn't change Petrie's role much if at all (aside from his whistling, which I'm glad they got rid of). And even in the script, Petrie is still introduced quite a ways in. He appears several pages after the one-third mark.

Great work again, Flathead! As for Petrie, he’s a very interesting part of the Gang as his personality and ability to fly give him many characteristics closed to his friends. His shyness and nervousness are often quite relatable and offer many new dynamics inside the Gang. One of my favorite things about his character was his change from a purely comic character in the original into a more “normal” one in the sequels and I overall prefer the latter portrayal of him.

Agreed. Whereas my favourite Littlefoot/Cera/Ducky moments all come from the first film, I do like how the sequels developed Petrie much further and gave him a more distinct role and some memorable scenes to go with it. Unlike with L/C/D, I haven't yet picked out a single favourite Petrie moment. I'll have to give that some more thought. It'd probably be from one of the sequels, but I'm not quite decided yet.
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Re: Petrie Showcase - June 2019
« Reply #21 on: July 01, 2019, 03:17:35 PM »
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Agreed. Whereas my favourite Littlefoot/Cera/Ducky moments all come from the first film, I do like how the sequels developed Petrie much further and gave him a more distinct role and some memorable scenes to go with it. Unlike with L/C/D, I haven't yet picked out a single favourite Petrie moment. I'll have to give that some more thought. It'd probably be from one of the sequels, but I'm not quite decided yet.

In many ways, I find Petrie even annoying in the first film as he goes too close to the ordinary comic relief-character in it. Without the sequels, my opinion of him would be much worse. Luckily, that isn't the case though. :DD

And yep, Diddy, Petrie has been explored quite thoroughly in fanfiction and rightly so. However, at some points it feels like he’s been utilized in only certain kinds of stories, especially romantic ones, that sometimes may seem to produce similar results. There’s nothing wrong with that but I see Petrie having even more possibilities and rhombus, for example, has made pretty good job with him in Pursuit and forged a new path forward for our favorite flyer.

As for myself, I like stories where characters are forced to correct their worst faults while also losing other characteristics that may be dear to them. I see Petrie as being a rather brave and smart flyer deep inside, qualities which rise to the surface when needed. Separate Ways may have treated him badly but I try to stay true to Petrie’s deepest qualities while twisting his personality to a new direction. Petrie certainly has a lot of potential as a character and I’d certainly like to see more different takes on his personality. You certainly have done a good job on that and your Petrie stories are close to the best ones I’ve seen about him. :)
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Re: Petrie Showcase - June 2019
« Reply #22 on: July 09, 2019, 11:16:29 AM »
In many ways, I find Petrie even annoying in the first film as he goes too close to the ordinary comic relief-character in it. Without the sequels, my opinion of him would be much worse. Luckily, that isn't the case though. :DD

I was fine with him in the first film. He didn't annoy me. I just felt that the others were better realized. I do agree that Petrie wasn't overly funny, per say, but that was almost a good thing. I've seen movies in recent years that I felt had too much comic relief. Thus, I appreciated that Land Before Time wasn't a film that tried too hard to be funny.
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Re: Petrie Showcase - June 2019
« Reply #23 on: July 18, 2019, 05:57:25 PM »
Unlike with L/C/D, I haven't yet picked out a single favourite Petrie moment. I'll have to give that some more thought. It'd probably be from one of the sequels, but I'm not quite decided yet.

I gave it some thought, and I've singled out my two favourite Petrie moments, or at least two moments that stuck out in my mind. One of them is his general relationship with Guido in LBT 12 with Guido acting as Petrie's flying mentor, which was endearing. One of the bright spots of the last few sequels. My other favourite Petrie moment is in LBT 4 when Grandpa Longneck states that he and Littlefoot won't be leaving the Great Valley, and Ducky and Petrie are both happy. Ducky comes over and hugs Littlefoot's leg and then Petrie hugs Littlefoot's face. That was cute.
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