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 <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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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 the Fox company's choice to change the title of this movie from "The Endangered" to "Once Upon a Forest". Fearing audiences would find the former title too sensitive for a children's film. See more »


Cornelius puts a flower behind Michelle's ear before they leave for their walk. After the boat sinks, the furlings are seen running back to their homes and the flower is missing from Michelle's ear. The flower re-appears behind Michelle's ear when Abigail finds her in her home. See more »


Cornelius: Russell, you are one lucky hedgehog. It's far too rare for a Furling to survive an encounter with... with...
Michelle: A monster?
Cornelius: That is a good name for it.
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Music by AndraƩ Crouch, Sandra Crouch and James Horner
Lyrics by AndraƩ Crouch and Sandra Crouch
Performed by Ben Vereen
Vocal Backgrounds by The Andrae Crouch Singers
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I think this film is one of the best animated films EVER!
6 August 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film cause I am great admirer of Mr. Michael Crawford and his work and I wanted to see how he did in this animated film. He was just phenomenal (as he usually is ;-) but I was also touched by the sweetness of the film and the characters. The other performers in the film were just as good and deserving of their roles as Mr. Crawford was. I thought the story had more heart and kindness in it than any of the animated movies I had seen such as "Shrek", "Fantasia", "Finding Nemo" and so on. This was an original story and I loved it. I was in suspense watching it, I couldn't leave the room I was so engrossed in it.

From the bottom of my heart to those people that designed and directed the film, and to the actors and to Mr. Crawford - BRAVO!! ENCORE!!


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