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, ...
Listen Carefully To The Wind And You Will Hear Its Whispers. [1988 U.S. video release]
Did You Know?
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
Did you say... did you say..."BEAVER"?
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
Time and Again
Written by Dennis Leogrande
and Fred P. Sharkey See more