Once Upon a Forest

1993, Kids & family/Animation, 1h 20m

23 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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In this animated tale, a toxic spill from an encroaching construction site threatens the life of a badger (Elisabeth Moss), so three woodland creatures -- wood mouse Abigail (Ellen Blain), mole Edgar (Ben Gregory) and hedgehog Russell (Paige Gosney) -- must brave a treacherous journey to find a cure. As the threat of the destructive humans looms ever closer, the animals are in a race against time as their remaining family and friends struggle to survive in the face of disaster.

Cast & Crew

Michael Crawford
Cornelius
Voice
Ben Vereen
Phineas
Voice
Ellen Blain
Abigail
Voice
Ben Gregory
Edgar
Voice
Paige Gosney
Russell
Voice
Elisabeth Moss
Michelle
Voice
Paul Eiding
Abigail's Father
Voice
Janet Waldo
Edgar's Mothers (voice)
Voice
Susan Silo
Russell's Mother
Voice
Will Estes
Willy
Voice
Charlie Adler
Waggs
Voice
Angel Harper
Bosworth's Mother
Voice
Don Reed
Marshbird
Voice
Robert David Hall
Truck Driver
Voice
Kelly Ward
Screenwriter
Mark Young
Screenwriter
William Hanna
Executive Producer
Paul Gertz
Executive Producer
James Horner
Original Music
Carol Holman Grosvenor
Production Design
Bill Proctor
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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…
  • 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.

    June 17, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | 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
  • 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…
  • A pleasing, sweet primer in caring for our flora and fauna.

    June 6, 2018 | Full Review…
  • For all the feeling the drawing instills in the figures, it might be termed inanimation.

    December 7, 2017 | Full Review…

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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