Once Upon a Forest

1993

Once Upon a Forest

Critics Consensus

Inert animation and generically chipper characters rob Once Upon a Forest of any personality despite its well-intentioned message and critter appeal for very young children.

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Movie Info

Set in a charming forest wonderland, this ecologically-conscious animated adventure tells the tale of a badger who inhales toxic fumes and nearly dies. Fortunately, her pals, a mouse, a hedgehog, and a mole are willing to risk their lives to find a cure.

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Critic Reviews for Once Upon a Forest

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (18)

  • 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.

    June 17, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    June 17, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The characters are not memorable; the songs are lame and the drawing style is pedestrian.

    June 17, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • 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?

    June 17, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 26, 2009

    Todd McCarthy

    Variety
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  • Makes one long for animals whacking each other with sticks of dynamite.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Mark Kermode

    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Once Upon a Forest

  • May 04, 2009
    OMG this is childhood FAVORITE!! I've seen it so many times I've memorized the lines!!
    Remi L Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2007
    Oi vei. The animation is fairly shoddy, mixed with a mind-numbing script and Michael Crawford's RIDICULOUS "r"-rolling = avoid if at all possible.
    Jessica v Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2006
    Can you say, "Childhood Scarring?" okay okay, it wasn't that bad, it was moving... and sad. And I thinlk everythind scared me bad then anyways. Especially that show about the tooth guy. ...i so yeah I actually liked it I have to admit... Makes you think about how much them humans suck.
    Jezzy A Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2006
    Very cute children's tale
    julia G Super Reviewer

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