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Once Upon a Forest (1993)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Drama  |  18 June 1993 (USA)
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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)
Bosworth (voice) (as Rickey Collins)
Angel Harper ...
Bosworth's Mom (voice)
Don Reed ...
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 <>

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Release Date:

18 June 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Endangered  »

Box Office


$6,574,896 (USA)

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1.37 : 1
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It was David Kirschner's wife, Liz Kirschner who suggested Michael Crawford to be the voice of Cornelious. See more »


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


Abigail's Father: I'll have you know that when I was a Furling, I couldn't WAIT to get to Cornelius' class!
Abigail: Yes, daddy!
Abigail's Father: Well, at least he's taught you to behave! But you never stop climbing trees!
Abigail: Yes, daddy!
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Please Wake Up
Written by James Horner
Lyrics by Will Jennings, Michael Tavera, Kelly Ward and Mark Young
Performed by Michael Crawford
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A flawed, but completely underrated children's film from the 90s
7 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After I grew up in the 90s, I watched some of my favorite childhood stuff (The Lion King, The Swan Princess, etc.), but I never heard of this film before although it did came out before I was born the following year. Years later, at elementary school, I watched it with some of my friends at class and I think it was pretty good. OK, it's not as excellent as some of Disney's great films, but I think this is completely underrated for a children's film.

Sure, there are some moments that could easily frighten younger kids and the fact that it could've been a little bit longer, but these two flaws are easily overcomed by it's beautiful animation and some great characters. Abigail, Russell, Edgar, and Michelle are likable furlings and some of the minor characters are fine. Cornelius, however, is by far my favorite character thanks to Michael Crawford's excellent voice work. In fact, the voice acting is pretty good for a non-Disney film released in the 90s. The musical songs aren't the best, but they're tolerable enough to listen to especially (Please Wake Up sung by Michael Crawford).

Overall, Once Upon A Forest may be flawed, but I think that this is completely underrated and I think people would give this a chance. Besides, I didn't understand all the hatred it had on rottentomatoes.

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