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Once Upon a Forest Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 5+

Sweet critter adventure, but some dark themes as well.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this colorful family movie does play upon a child's deepest fears: the loss of a family or of home. This fact is glossed over while the friends are sent on an adventure. In a post 9-11 world, this lighthearted approach to mass destruction seems a little dated.

  • Families can talk about the movie's environmental message. How do humans affect the homes of creatures like rats, badgers, moles, and gophers? How can we co-exist with the creatures that live in our midst? Why is Cornelius so surprised to see Edgar rescued from the trap?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The animal friends of Dapplewood forest start as an unruly bunch, but they come together to help a friend in dire need. Their teacher, Cornelius, cares deeply for them and even adopts a member of his class when her parents pass away.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: While there are no incidents of hitting or violence among friends, the human activity that surrounds the peaceful confines of Dapplewood wreaks destruction on the animals' environment.

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    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Herbs are used to heal a very sick friend.