Once Upon a Forest
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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.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"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?"
‑ Johanna Steinmetz, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"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."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"There is nothing really engaging about this latest effort from the creator of An American Tale and Hanna-Barbera."
‑ Hollis Chacona, Austin Chronicle
"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."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Sadly, in common with so many non-Disney cartoons, the standard of the songs is poor and the animation lacks magic."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Even at its preachiest, the circus-bright colors and bouncy songs keep the sermonizing and the saccharine content under control."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"On its own terms, the fairy tale sensibility works perfectly in context -- and the film is most enjoyable for children and their parents."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The characters are not memorable; the songs are lame and the drawing style is pedestrian."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Makes one long for animals whacking each other with sticks of dynamite."
‑ Mark Kermode, Time Out
"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."
‑ , People Magazine
"The film rarely gets past familiar gimmicks of the cartoon-adventure genre, and the animation isn't very inspired."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
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