Once Upon a Forest (1993)



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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.

Rating: G
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Mark Young, Kelly Ward
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 22, 2005
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


as Cornelius

as Abigail

as Phineas

as Abigail

as Russell

as Abigail's Father

as Bosworth's Mom

as Marshbird

as Truck Driver

as Russell's Brother

as Russell's Sister

as Edgar's Mom

as Russell's Mom
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Critic Reviews for Once Upon a Forest

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (11)

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… | June 17, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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… | June 17, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The characters are not memorable; the songs are lame and the drawing style is pedestrian.

Full Review… | June 17, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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… | June 17, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Once Upon a Forest


OMG this is childhood FAVORITE!! I've seen it so many times I've memorized the lines!!

Remi Logan

Super Reviewer

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 van der Sloot

Super Reviewer

When it comes to movies that are more aimed toward children but still have an adult message behind it, I have some lofty expectations: smooth animation, a strong soundtrack, and a great plot. What this movie lacks from other ones I've seen lately is a strong voice cast - and I read some reviews that linked this movie with Fern Gully, which was OVERLY cheesy and ridiculous - but when I watched this with an open mind and heart, I put all that aside and was actually quite impressed. Aside from one sort-of over the top scene where birds sing in some sort of revival, you have to look at the overlying themes to truly appreciate this film: the innocence but loving and togetherness of childhood, the effects of our actions on the environment, and the efforts ones will undertake to save their fellow kind, no matter what the cost. If you look past the head-scratchers and eventually put the pieces together, you'll develop a stronger understanding of this movie, just like I did. Happy endings eventually abound and the major lesson is this: Hope springs eternal, if you just believe. "Once Upon A Forest" should leave you with warmth in your heart, lessons in your mind, and a sense that you can do anything you put your mind to with a little faith.

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