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The Elm-Chanted Forest (1986)

Cudesna suma (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Adventure, Family | 1986 (Yugoslavia)
A painter who can temporarily talk to the creatures of an enchanted forest, must help them stop the evil Cactus King, who's building an army of magical living weapons and machines to turn the forest into a wasteland perfect for the cacti.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josip Marotti ...
Vili Matula ...
Ljubo Kapor ...
Emil Glad ...
Ivo Rogulja ...
Helena Buljan ...
Djurdja Ivezic ...
(voice) (as Durda Izevic)
Sven Lasta ...
Vladimir Kovacic ...
Adam Vedernjak ...
Nada Rocco ...
Vladimir Puhalo ...
Veronika Kovacic ...
(voice) (as Veronika Durbesic)
Mladen Vasary ...
Drago Krca ...


A painter goes to a forest to seek inspiration for his next work. He falls asleep under the great elm tree. When he wakes up, he discovers that he can understand and talk to the animals and creatures of the forest. He learns that a mad villainous creature called the Cactus King is building an army of magical living weapons and monstrous machines that can obliterate the forest and its inhabitants in no time. His mad goal is to create a wasteland where only cactus can prosper. The painter teams up with a mead-loving mighty bear, three young brave hedgehog brothers, wise beaver and other animals, to defend the forest from the villain. Since the spirit of the forest lives within the great elm tree, if it falls, the forest dies. The good guys must come up with a plan to infiltrate the Cactus King's foreboding dark castle and defeat him there, but also unite the forest and put up defenses against his army. However, the Cactus King has his own allies in the forest like the spectator raven, ...

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Listen Carefully To The Wind And You Will Hear Its Whispers. [1988 U.S. video release]


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1986 (Yugoslavia)  »

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The first animated feature to be produced in the region of former Yugoslavia (and also the first from present-day Croatia). See more »


[repeated line]
Emperor Spine: Did you say... did you say..."BEAVER"?
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Followed by The Magician's Hat (1990) See more »


Let Your Fur Down
Written by Dennis Leogrande and Fred P. Sharkey
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I saw this movie too!!
26 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember I saw this movie when I was little and then I would watch it over and over again. I too can remember every detail of this movie, it is engraved in my memory. I loved it and I haven't seen it anywhere recently. My sister and I always talk about this movie and another quite similar called "Katy the Caterpillar". Although "Katy the Caterpillar" is in Spanish both dealt with finding your true self in order to achieve what you were meant to do. These movies are from our childhood. If anyone gets to see this movie enjoy it...it is very good. The film is kind of weird but very fun to watch, I believe many children, (now adults) who have seen it will agree with this. The movie takes you into a magical world that only children understand I hope that if I see today I will still have that same experience. I also remember that the fact that the main character could suddenly paint beautifully made me want to paint. I would get a paint brush and water colors and begin my master piece :)

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