Once Upon a Forest (1993)



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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.
Action & Adventure , Animation , Kids & Family
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Ben Vereen
as Phineas
Michael Crawford
as Cornelius
Ellen Blaine
as Abigail
Ben Gregory
as Edgar
Paige Gosney
as Russell
Elisabeth Moss
as Michelle
Ellen Blain
as Abigail
Paul Eiding
as Abigail's Father
Will Nipper
as Willy
Angel Harper
as Bosworth's Mom
Don Reed
as Marshbird
Robert David Hall
as Truck Driver
Benjamin Smith
as Russell's Brother
Haven Hartman
as Russell's Sister
Janet Waldo
as Edgar's Mom
Susan Silo
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
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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… | June 17, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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
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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… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Once Upon a Forest


A very nostalgic animated film for children who grew up in the 90s. Even though it did not manage to make more than its $13million budget, Once Upon a Forest is an underrated classic that could still entertain the young children of today.

Nimhster G.
Nimhster G.

While nothing about is is groundbreaking, Once Upon a Forest is still whimsical enough for children to enjoy.

Cameron Metrejean
Cameron Metrejean

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

Remi Logan
Remi Logan

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