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Once Upon a Forest Reviews

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Johanna Steinmetz
Chicago Tribune
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It contains a dire message: Man is destroying nature and progress is evil. It is hard to know what small children, the film's intended audience, are supposed to do with this idea. Nag their parents about recycling? Work it out in nightmares?

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

June 17, 2014
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Once Upon a Forest has a good heart -- I liked the way it treated its themes -- but the movie is kind of dumb.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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The latest subpar G-rated animated feature to prey upon of parents in search of suitable entertainment for their kids.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Scott Weinberg

| Original Score: 2/5

July 27, 2002
Todd McCarthy
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While an agreeable enough effort in most respects, pic is a bit dark and somber to be terrifically appealing to kids, and could have used bigger doses of humor and music.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Dismally unimaginative, this 72-minute cartoon will be excruciating for anyone endowed with judgment.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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In this likable fable about growing up, learning teamwork and developing courage, three small creatures who dwell in Dapplewood, an idyllic forest, go on a far-flung quest for healing herbs to save the life of a dying friend.

Full Review Source: New York Times

August 30, 2004
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

The film rarely gets past familiar gimmicks of the cartoon-adventure genre, and the animation isn't very inspired.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

June 17, 2014
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
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Even children can't help but be bored by the movie's shadowless, textureless, weightless style of animation.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Hollis Chacona
Austin Chronicle

There is nothing really engaging about this latest effort from the creator of An American Tale and Hanna-Barbera.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

On its own terms, the fairy tale sensibility works perfectly in context -- and the film is most enjoyable for children and their parents.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City

January 1, 2000
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 2/5

October 13, 2005
Mark Kermode
Time Out
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Makes one long for animals whacking each other with sticks of dynamite.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Sounds good in practice but with a plot where very little happens and songs that really shouldn't have been included, sticking the kids in front of David Attenborough sounds much more appealing.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 1/5

June 17, 2014
David Parkinson
Radio Times

Sadly, in common with so many non-Disney cartoons, the standard of the songs is poor and the animation lacks magic.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 2/5

June 17, 2014
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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The characters are not memorable; the songs are lame and the drawing style is pedestrian.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

June 17, 2014
Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Respect for nature and the environment is a message that no one would quarrel with, but this is yet another example of a movie that can't or won't differentiate between technology and the use to which it is put.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 17, 2014
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

From the first moments of Once Upon a Forest, there is evidence of high artistic standards. The backgrounds are beautifully detailed, right down to the shading and contours of a tree trunk.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 17, 2014
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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It's a good thing this breezy animated adventure lasts only slightly more than 70 minutes. Children will no doubt enjoy its simple tale, but would probably grow restless if it went on for a minute longer.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 17, 2014

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Even at its preachiest, the circus-bright colors and bouncy songs keep the sermonizing and the saccharine content under control.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

June 17, 2014
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