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Once Upon a Forest (1993)

Michael Crawford , Ben Vereen , Charles Grosvenor  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Crawford, Ben Vereen, Ellen Blain, Benji Gregory, Paige Gosney
  • Directors: Charles Grosvenor
  • Writers: Kelly Ward, Mark Young, Rae Lambert
  • Producers: David Kirschner, James Wang, Jerry Mills, Paul Gertz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006GANUK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,173 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Once Upon a Forest" on IMDb

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  • Includes anamorphic widescreen and full-screen versions

Editorial Reviews

In this rousing, magical adventure filled with whimsy, laughter and charm, a host of fun-loving characters takes you on an unforgettable journey in a land called Dapplewood. One day, three Furling friends, Abigail the wood mouse, Edgar the mole and Russell the hedgehog, find their tranquil lives greatly disrupted. A chemical spill has destroyed Dapplewood and their young friend Michelle becomes seriously ill from the toxic fumes. Counting on their own ingenuity and the skills they learned from thier teacher Cornelius, they take off on an exciting, but dangerous journey to find help for their friend. Their wisdom soon pays off and they set about to restore Dapplewood to its original splendor.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beware the yellow dragons! November 5, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Once Upon A Forest is about a mole, badger and hedgehog who go to Ferling's class taught by Cornelius, played by Michael Crawford. The movie starts off showing the animals getting ready for the days lesson and arriving at school at Cornelius's house in Dapplewood.

Cornelius proceeds to show the class his life's work, the Flapper wind thing. It is a model that flies around the house and breaks. He plans on someday making the real thing and they set out for the days journey.

While walking around in the forest to get to the surprise one of the animals finds a street and runs back into the forest at the same time a vehicle is going by tossing a glass out the window.

The animals want to know what that was, Cornelius tells them to get out of the road, and they go to the water to ride in the canoe. They take turns rowing and getting all wet. Upon getting out of the water Cornelius notices the quietness of the forest and they hurry home.

What happened was another vehicle hit the glass in the road causing it to turn over and emit some gas fumes into the forest. The animals make it to Michelle's house and smell the fumes. Michelle enters to find her mommy and daddy while the others wait on Cornelius to think of what to do next. Abigail goes in to pull out Michelle, whose parents did die.

They go to higher ground, which is at Cornelius's house. There Cornelius, who is Michelle's uncle, places Michelle in bed and tells a story of when he was a child and the same thing happened to his parents and he was the only one who got out.

This is a great family movie that shows the animals getting along for the sole purpose of helping another. It shows their instincts in taking care of themselves while on their journey.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Touching Story July 24, 2005
By L.C.
Format:DVD
I loved this movie when I was little and I still enjoy it today, even at age 22! I've always loved animal movies, though, like The Lion King and Homeward Bound, so this one definitely was a winner with me!

This movie tells the story of four furlings who attend a nature class taught by a Badger named Cornellius. One day, during their class, a poisonous gas enters their forest home, and their friend Michelle becomes very sick from it. The other three furlings (Abigail, Edger, and Russel) work together to collect the herbs necessary to save Michelle.

Teamwork and loyalty to good friends is one of the big themes in this movie, and I think children (as well as adults) would really enjoy it! I do think it's a bit sad, but has a hopeful ending. It's really good! Edger is my favorite character!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what you think April 29, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I admit that I was a bit turned off by the possibility of a sappy environmental message. But if you are too, give it a moment. Most of the animated stories aimed at your kids involve "evil villains" and probably a decent amount of physical conflict. My daughter's at a stage where she is very sensitive to "evil" characters, so I decided to check the movie out. Yes, Leonard is right - nothing very memorable... for an adult. My 3-yr-old child saw this film a month ago and is still acting out scenes from it and making me play characters. And it's true that there is the sappy environmentalism of animals tut-tutting the way those humans act. But I'll give away a tiny surprise. The humans turn out to be not all bad.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful animated adventure November 29, 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I loved this movie when I was younger (probably about 5 years old).I saw it in the theater, and I must admit a few parts were a little scary. It is a story about furlings who must travel to another meadow and find herbs to save their young friend's (Michelle) life. A truck carrying poisonous gas drove off the road and contaminated their forest. Michelle ran to find her parents and wound up deathly ill from the gas. On their journy to save their friend these three furlings meet many interesting characters (the birds are my favorite). It also has great music!
A sign that this movie is still just as entertaining to the new generation: My friend's four year old sister just watched it and she couldn't take her eyes off the screen until it was over (71 minutes).
Well that's all I have to say, except it is not a Disney movie, while it is very similar to Disney movies, it is actually made by Fox Video.
Another great movie is the Princess and the Goblin. I can't understand why these movies are so unknown, They are great. Some parts still make me laugh.
That's the end of my review, but if you want to know more about the movie you can read on. This is what the back of the box says:
"In this rousing, magical adventure filled with whimsy, laughter, and charm, a host of fun-loving characters takes you on an unforgettable journey in a land called Dapplewood. One day three Furling friends, Abigail the wood mouse, Edgar the mole and Russell the hedgehog, find their tranquil lives greatly disrupted. A chemical spill has destroyed Dapplewood and their young friend Michelle becomes seriously ill from the toxic fumes. Counting on their own ingenuity and the skills they learned from their teacher Cornelius, they take off on an exciting, but dangerous journey to find help for their friend. Their wisdom soon pays off and they set about to restore Dapplewood to its original splendor."
Once Upon a Forest is a wonderful movie and it should definately come out on DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is or was my oldest granddaughters favorite, now the 4and 5 year...
This is or was my oldest granddaughters favorite ,now the 4and 5 year old has discovered it and they love it
Published 4 days ago by joyce oberman
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia is strong with this one.
If you can keep a dry eye during "Please Wake Up" sung by the wonderful Michael Crawford (Phantom from Phantom of the Opera) you must be a soulless ginger doomed to walk... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Ali. CR
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 11 days ago by De'Lores Cornelius
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story with fun characters
Good movie, my 5 year old liked it.
Published 12 days ago by T. Bleakley
3.0 out of 5 stars Good!
okay the movie.
Published 14 days ago by Marina Zroka
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My girls enjoy watching this movie.
Published 20 days ago by claudia mendez
4.0 out of 5 stars feel good
Good movie, kind of sas but still a feel good movie
Published 28 days ago by Bobby Simmons
2.0 out of 5 stars Story too intense for young children
In reading this to my grandchildren, ages 3 & 4, they became extremely upset that the animals were dying and how they were dying. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gumby's girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice movie for the Children
My 2 year old baby girl loves this movie a lot! She can watch it every day. Very kind and positive.
Published 1 month ago by Olga Gnezdyonova
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the kids
Great movie for the kids :) I used to watch this as a kid and loved it. Today mine loved every minute of it.
Published 1 month ago by PRpaula
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