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The Elm-Chanted Forest (1986)

Cudesna suma (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Adventure, Family | 13 March 1987 (USA)
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.


Fred P. Sharkey (screenplay), Suncana Skrinjaric (original story)




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


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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As of 2010, there are no further plans for a DVD reissue after the 1999 DVD release in North America. The reason for this abandonment was due to the singing mushrooms in the film are depicted as racial "blackface" stereotypes. See more »


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Emperor Spine: Did you say... did you say..."BEAVER"?
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Alternate Versions

In the North American release, the beginning that featured scenery with the titles and Croatian credits are omitted, as it cuts to the blue whimsical creature, showing the English title. During the final musical number at the end, the picture froze during the middle as it shows the English translation of the credits, omitting the Croatian credits with the black background at the film's closing. See more »


Followed by The Magician's Hat (1990) See more »


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Croatian gem
2 November 2010 | by lokotusSee all my reviews

I've seen the movie in both English and Croatian dub and I clearly understand the negative view. English translation and dub made a big mistake. Character names are wrong and much of the story is lost.

On the other hand the Croatian dub is excellent. Animation is OK for late 80's and you should take into consideration that film was made with a low budget.

I remember music being the big part of this film and seeing English version really showed how re-dubbing just makes things worse.

This is a true Croatian animation gem that should get it's deserved appreciation. If anyone has a big desire to see the film, I recommend you see it in its true form.

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