Parents' Guide to

Once Upon a Forest

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Sweet critter adventure, but some dark themes as well.

Movie G 1993 71 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 2+

This is a five star movie

For one grew up on this movie. I used to watch this with my grandmother and now I watch it with my kids and they love the movie as will .
age 10+

Mediocre Animation + Sad & Violent Story

I watched this movie with my 7 year old Daughter and she started crying and i put on something else. Later I watched the movie myself, and I was expecting a darker version of An American Tail and I was shocked this movie was made for kids! Many Animals died and the Animation was cheesy in some scenes. I'd expect more from Hanna-Barbera. This movie has been Banned from our House...

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (4):

Based on a Welsh story by Rae Lambert, this mostly pleasant animated feature starts out as an idyllic depiction of forest life. The animal creatures go to school and learn fantastic things like building flying machines. But when human activity mars their environment, the story gets a little big for its britches. The subject of loss is largely glossed over -- and even though the classmates ask about their families, their curiosity is not pressing. Instead, they are instructed by their teacher to find the herbs necessary to save their friend.

The youngest viewers might be frightened by the devastation of the forest and the theme of mass destruction, though the adventure within the tragedy can be enjoyable and lighthearted. Considering the fact that the entire meadow was poisoned, a happy ending is in order. And in this regard, the movie delivers.

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