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Once Upon a Forest (1993)

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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Cornelius (voice)
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Phineas (voice)
Ellen Blain ...
Abigail (voice)
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Edgar (voice) (as Ben Gregory)
Paige Gosney ...
Russell (voice)
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Michelle (voice) (as Elizabeth Moss)
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Abigail's Father (voice)
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Edgar's Mom (voice)
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Russell's Mom (voice)
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Willy (voice) (as Will Nipper)
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Waggs (voice)
Rickey D'Shon Collins ...
Bosworth (voice) (as Rickey Collins)
Angel Harper ...
Bosworth's Mom (voice)
Don Reed ...
Marshbird (voice)
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Truck Driver (voice)
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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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gas | mouse | mole | hedgehog | badger | See All (36) »

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18 June 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Endangered  »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$6,574,896 (USA)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Animation Lookback: Hanna-Barbera Part 5 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Once Upon A Time With Me
Music by James Horner
Lyrics by Will Jennings
Performed by Florence Warner (as Florence Warner Jones)
Vocal Backgrounds by The New London Children's Choir
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I LOVE this movie, though if anything I wish it was 5 minutes longer...
26 May 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I personally think that Once Upon a Forest is an underrated gem. I mean this is one of the few animations that had me weeping buckets at the end, and I am a 17 year old schoolgirl. My only complaint is that at 68 minutes long, it is a little too short, but putting that discrepancy aside what you have is a beautiful, poignant film. The animation is stunning with beautiful backgrounds and excellent character animation, and I absolutely loved the songs by James Horner. Please Wake up, had me in tears,(the only other song in an animation that did that to me was Somewhere Out There from American Tail) and I know the vocals were a bit shaky but that can be forgiven as that is such an emotional song to sing, and it did say in the trivia that Michael Crawford found it very difficult not to be moved by the song. He's Gone/He's Back is an upbeat gospel song that provides the funniest moments in the film, and Once Upon a Time is so lovely with sublime vocals by Florence Warner Jones. The characters are a delight, particularly the wise Cornelius, and the three furling friends are very well done, with enthusiastic voice work from all involved. Both Ferngully and this were heavily criticised on release for being too preachy, but to me, both are wonderful overlooked films. Whereas Once Upon a Forest has slightly better songs(as I really liked the ones in FernGully) and better character development, one of FernGully's main merits is the villain Hexxus who terrified me when I was 9, and Tim Curry is one of the gods of voice acing and made Hexxus as chilling as people remember him. Once Upon a Forest has a number of enemies portrayed, like the yellow dragons, the owl and the gas, and I must say they were very well done. In conclusion, a beautiful underrated movie, and my main advice to those who haven't seen it, have a box of tissues beside you as this is bound to bing you tears. 9/10 Bethany Cox.


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