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Once Upon a Forest

1 rating: 3.0
A movie directed by Charles Grosvenor

Can Dapplewood Forest be saved? Meet Abigail, Edgar and Russell as they take off on an unforgettable journey of excitement and danger when they try to save Dapplewood and help their young friend Michelle who is in trouble in the forest, in this eco-friendly … see full wiki

Cast: Ellen Blain
Director: Charles Grosvenor
Release Date: 1993
MPAA Rating: G
1 review about Once Upon a Forest

Beware the yellow dragons!

  • Sep 10, 2000
Pros: Family movie, good lessons

Cons: an owl scene is a bit scary for smaller kids

Over two years ago Once Upon A Forest aired on Home Box Office. It was listed in the guide for one month. After watching the movie with my children I taped the next showing.

The movie is rated G for general audiences running for almost one hour and fifteen minutes (1:15), directed by Charles Grovesnor. Two familiar voices you will note are Ben Vereen and Michael Crawford. The songs are catchy and lively for the kids to enjoy as well as adults.

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.

Cornelius then informs Edgar, Abigail and Russell that they must go to another meadow and search for herbs and plants to save Michelle due to the burns to her eyes and her damaged lungs. They have two days until the moon wax is full.

They pack that evening and leave the next morning. At this point they have a run-in with an Owl that is a bit scary for a small youngster. I would advise viewing this first and/or fast forward through this two-minute excursion. The owl comes after them and they get away. During the journey the animals are checking the moon to make sure they have enough time to return to Michelle to apply the medicine.

Next they stumble on a preacher and others preparing for Bosworth dying. He is stuck in the mud so these animals help get him out and warn them of the yellow dragons and point them to the meadow.

Then they end up underground with the rats and reach the yellow dragons. They are the bulldozers and the animals think the yellow dragons will eat them. Once they bypass them they make it to the meadow.

They end up meeting some other animals that make fun of them working together to save another animal. The three work together to build the real flapper wing thing from the directions they brought with them. They fly it to get the herbs and plants they need from a tree and after a thunderstorm arrive back in Dapplewood.

The herbs are applied and at the very last minute Michelle wakes up from her long nap. The other families come out of hiding, and Michelle lives with her Uncle Cornelius.

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.

Children will see life through the eyes of animals and how leaving glass on the street can cause a flat tire and damage to the animals in the woods. The three classmates grew up in the two days that they searched for the meadow and made their teacher proud.

My four year old loves the beginning scenes with the music in the background while the animals are playing. He will listen to the entire video up to the ending music. This is a movie for the whole family starting at the age of three.

What more could you want for a child to see than a life lesson while watching animals, listening to music and the colorful scenery.


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