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Once Upon a Forest (1993)

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A young mouse, mole and hedgehog risk their lives to find a cure for their badger friend, who's been poisoned by men.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cornelius (voice)
Phineas (voice)
Ellen Blain ...
Abigail (voice)
Edgar (voice) (as Ben Gregory)
Paige Gosney ...
Russell (voice)
Michelle (voice) (as Elizabeth Moss)
Abigail's Father (voice)
Edgar's Mom (voice)
Susan Silo ...
Russell's Mom (voice)
Willy (voice) (as Will Nipper)
Waggs (voice) (as Charlie Adler)
Rickey D'Shon Collins ...
Bosworth (voice) (as Rickey Collins)
Angel Harper ...
Bosworth's Mom (voice)
Marshbird (voice)
Truck Driver (voice)


This animated wildlife film provides an environmental friendly message that humans are a malicious, careless breed. Three cherubic little animals have to rescue their friend who has been overcome by poisonous gas. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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mouse | mole | hedgehog | badger | rescue | See All (31) »


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Release Date:

18 June 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Endangered  »

Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)


$6,574,896 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michael Crawford has stated he had a terrible time singing the song "Please Wake Up" as it was a grown-up singing to a child who was on the verge of dying. He had to struggle not to cry while recording. See more »


Abigail, at various points in the film, will switch between having green eyes or blue eyes. See more »


Michelle: [speaking really fast] Guess what? You'll never guess what, I'll betcha! Uncle Cornelius said I could go with you on your ramble today, but I'll betcha he's forgotten all about it, & I'll never, EVER get to see what the big surprise is!
[inhales deeply]
Michelle: What took you so long?
Abigail: My dad!
Edgar: My mother!
Russell: No breakfast!
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Referenced in The Cell (2000) See more »


He's Gone/He's Back
Music by Andraé Crouch, Sandra Crouch and James Horner
Lyrics by Andraé Crouch and Sandra Crouch
Performed by Ben Vereen
Vocal Backgrounds by The Andrae Crouch Singers
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31 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

I watched this movie when I was about... five. Then I watched it over and over again for the next few years. Eventually, my mother stopped me from borrowing it from the library so I'd hope it'd broadcast on TV and I remember watching my morning cartoons, waiting for it to come on but it never did. Eventually I forgot the name, but since it was my absolute favorite movie growing up, I searched it up with random keywords I hoped were in the title.

I really don't know why this movie has a rating of like, 5. If watched when a kid, it sets you up for an adventure and keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering if the animals will ever rescue their friend or not =P. It's a fantasy, and what kid doesn't like that? It pulls you in with a strong message and lovely story, and so I strongly recommend anyone to show this to their seven year old because It's definitely worth it.

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