Once Upon a Forest - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Once Upon a Forest Reviews

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
June 17, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 17, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
June 17, 2014
The characters are not memorable; the songs are lame and the drawing style is pedestrian.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
June 17, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Parkinson
Radio Times
June 17, 2014
Sadly, in common with so many non-Disney cartoons, the standard of the songs is poor and the animation lacks magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

People Magazine
June 17, 2014
While the movie's lip-synchronization leaves much to be desired, the creatures great and small are nicely conceived, the settings a vivid eyeful and the ecology lesson sound.
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Johanna Steinmetz
Chicago Tribune
June 17, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
June 17, 2014
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 | Original Score: 1/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 17, 2014
Even at its preachiest, the circus-bright colors and bouncy songs keep the sermonizing and the saccharine content under control.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
June 17, 2014
The film rarely gets past familiar gimmicks of the cartoon-adventure genre, and the animation isn't very inspired.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 26, 2009
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.
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Mark Kermode
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Makes one long for animals whacking each other with sticks of dynamite.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 30, 2004
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.
Hollis Chacona
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
There is nothing really engaging about this latest effort from the creator of An American Tale and Hanna-Barbera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The latest subpar G-rated animated feature to prey upon of parents in search of suitable entertainment for their kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Even children can't help but be bored by the movie's shadowless, textureless, weightless style of animation.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Dismally unimaginative, this 72-minute cartoon will be excruciating for anyone endowed with judgment.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
On its own terms, the fairy tale sensibility works perfectly in context -- and the film is most enjoyable for children and their parents.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
October 13, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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