Once Upon a Forest (1993) - Rotten Tomatoes

Once Upon a Forest1993

Once Upon a Forest (1993)



Critic Consensus: Inert animation and generically chipper characters rob Once Upon a Forest of any personality despite its well-intentioned message and critter appeal for very young children.

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Movie Info

Set in a charming forest wonderland, this ecologically-conscious animated adventure tells the tale of a badger who inhales toxic fumes and nearly dies. Fortunately, her pals, a mouse, a hedgehog, and a mole are willing to risk their lives to find a cure.

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Ben Vereen
as Phineas
Ellen Blaine
as Abigail
Paige Gosney
as Russell
Ellen Blain
as Abigail
Paul Eiding
as Abigail's Father
Angel Harper
as Bosworth's Mom
Don Reed
as Marshbird
Robert David Hall
as Truck Driver
Benjamin Smith
as Russell's Brother
Haven Hartman
as Russell's Sister
Janet Waldo
as Edgar's Mom
Susan Silo
as Russell's Mom
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Critic Reviews for Once Upon a Forest

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (13)

It's a good thing this breezy animated adventure lasts only slightly more than 70 minutes. Children will no doubt enjoy its simple tale, but would probably grow restless if it went on for a minute longer.

June 17, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Respect for nature and the environment is a message that no one would quarrel with, but this is yet another example of a movie that can't or won't differentiate between technology and the use to which it is put.

June 17, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The characters are not memorable; the songs are lame and the drawing style is pedestrian.

June 17, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

It contains a dire message: Man is destroying nature and progress is evil. It is hard to know what small children, the film's intended audience, are supposed to do with this idea. Nag their parents about recycling? Work it out in nightmares?

June 17, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Sounds good in practice but with a plot where very little happens and songs that really shouldn't have been included, sticking the kids in front of David Attenborough sounds much more appealing.

June 17, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

While an agreeable enough effort in most respects, pic is a bit dark and somber to be terrifically appealing to kids, and could have used bigger doses of humor and music.

March 26, 2009

Audience Reviews for Once Upon a Forest


OMG this is childhood FAVORITE!! I've seen it so many times I've memorized the lines!!

Remi Logan
Remi Logan

Super Reviewer

Oi vei. The animation is fairly shoddy, mixed with a mind-numbing script and Michael Crawford's RIDICULOUS "r"-rolling = avoid if at all possible.

Jessica van der Sloot
Jessica van der Sloot

Super Reviewer

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