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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

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Josip Marotti ...
(voice)
Vili Matula ...
(voice)
Ljubo Kapor ...
(voice)
Emil Glad ...
(voice)
Ivo Rogulja ...
(voice)
Helena Buljan ...
(voice)
Djurdja Ivezic ...
(voice) (as Durda Izevic)
Sven Lasta ...
(voice)
Vladimir Kovacic ...
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Adam Vedernjak ...
(voice)
Nada Rocco ...
(voice)
Vladimir Puhalo ...
(voice)
Veronika Kovacic ...
(voice) (as Veronika Durbesic)
Mladen Vasary ...
(voice)
Drago Krca ...
(voice)
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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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forest | cactus | painter | elm | villain | See All (60) »

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


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Trivia

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

Quotes

[repeated line]
Emperor Spine: Did you say... did you say..."BEAVER"?
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Followed by Carobnjakov sesir (1990) See more »

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Time and Again
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A great story full of adventure and triumph....
2 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had the pleasure of seeing this film as a young child. It's impact on me had been so intense, that as an adult now I added this film to my Netflix Que. I highly recommend this film to anyone under the age of 12, as well as anyone who just loves fantasy and whimsy. True adults know when to be a kid..... I digress, although in this day and age movies and cartoons are more advanced, most lack decent plots or actual meaning. You will find that Elmchanted Forest even though created so long ago, has both a great plot and morals that till this day should be taught. If you like good vs bad, talking animals and plants, forgiveness and friendship as well as a zany twist on a story like Rip Van Winkle, then I know you will enjoy this story as much as I have. Maybe even more??


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