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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.

Writers:

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

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)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Yugoslavia | USA

Language:

Croatian

Release Date:

1986 (Yugoslavia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Elmchanted Forest See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color
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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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Connections

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

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Underwater Lullaby
Written by Dennis Leogrande and Fred P. Sharkey
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The worst animated film I have ever seen...
8 December 2006 | by dobesovSee all my reviews

I cannot begin to explain how poor this movie is. Its plot, voice acting and animation quality are reprehensible. Some people seem to have fond childhood memories of this piece of cellulite tripe, and if you do, do yourself a favor and don't try and relive those happy times you will only be frightfully disappointed. Now, I didn't see The Elm-Chanted Forest in its original Croatian (?), so maybe by some unholy miracle it was better before translation... however I truly doubt that that is in the realm of possibility.

I can't even begin to explain mind-numbing lack of substance in this movie. Basically, It makes the Smurfs seem like Shakespeare. Sometimes things are funny-bad or you can assume that they may be more amusing in an altered state of consciousness, but no amount of alcohol or drug induced madness could make me think that there was a single redeeming value to this flick. In short, I have seen Teletubbies episodes with more intellectual fervor than this travesty. Even every bit of loony-tunes derivative innuendo some how seems to fall short of being mildly interesting.

I recommend this film only to a viewing audience of ages 3 and below and highly recommend that if you can actually acquire this obscure animation for your children, that you yourself do not attempt to watch it.


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