Once Upon a Forest
Once Upon a Forest (1993)

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… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: June 18, 1993
DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
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Critic Score: 19% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

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.

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Johanna Steinmetz
Chicago Tribune

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?

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Todd McCarthy

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.

David Parkinson
Radio Times

Sadly, in common with so many non-Disney cartoons, the standard of the songs is poor and the animation lacks magic.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

The characters are not memorable; the songs are lame and the drawing style is pedestrian.

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Mark Kermode
Time Out

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

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People Magazine

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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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Remi Logan
OMG this is childhood FAVORITE!! I've seen it so many times I've memorized the lines!!
Jessica van der Sloot
Oi vei. The animation is fairly shoddy, mixed with a mind-numbing script and Michael Crawford's RIDICULOUS "r"-rolling = avoid if at all… More