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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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Charles Grosvenor

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Crawford ... Cornelius (voice)
Ben Vereen ... Phineas (voice)
Ellen Blain Ellen Blain ... Abigail (voice)
Benji Gregory ... Edgar (voice) (as Ben Gregory)
Paige Gosney Paige Gosney ... Russell (voice)
Elisabeth Moss ... Michelle (voice) (as Elizabeth Moss)
Paul Eiding ... Abigail's Father (voice)
Janet Waldo ... Edgar's Mom (voice)
Susan Silo ... Russell's Mom (voice)
Will Estes ... Willy (voice) (as Will Nipper)
Charlie Adler ... Waggs (voice)
Rickey D'Shon Collins Rickey D'Shon Collins ... Bosworth (voice) (as Rickey Collins)
Angel Harper Angel Harper ... Bosworth's Mom (voice)
Don Reed ... Marshbird (voice)
Robert David Hall ... 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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Plot Keywords:

gas | mouse | mole | hedgehog | badger | See All (36) »

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An Adventurous Race Against Time! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Endangered See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Because of time constraints and budget limitations, over ten minutes were cut from the film before its release. See more »

Goofs

When Michelle is receiving the herbs, the blanket that she wrapped up in goes from folded to unfolded and on top of her and back to being folded again. See more »

Quotes

Abigail: I can hardly see him behind his papers. He must be working on an experiment.
Edgar: Good. Maybe he won't notice we're late.
Michelle: I bet he's working on the big surprise, I'll betcha!
Russell: Oh, I LOVE surprises! Let's have a look!
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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Duck Tales (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

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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I LOVE this movie, though if anything I wish it was 5 minutes longer...
26 May 2009 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee 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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