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Once Upon a Forest
(1993)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
John Neufeld

Performed by:
The London Symphony Orchestra

The London Children's Choir

Songs Lyrics by:
Will Jennings

Additional Solos Performed by:
Mike Taylor
Tony Hennigan
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Fox Records
(June 22nd, 1993)
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Regular U.S. release, but due to the collapse of Fox Records, the CD has been out of print since 1995. Due to its large initial run, however, you could can still find easily it on the used market for many years.
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Buy it... if you typically enjoy James Horner's predictable symphonic children's scores and seek an entry in the better half of his efforts in that genre.

Avoid it... if you are easily annoyed by Horner's tendency to recycle ideas within those scores, regardless of the quality of the thematic adaptations for the songs in each film.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #565
WRITTEN 8/14/98, REVISED 8/22/08
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Once Upon a Forest: (James Horner) Political correctness in the animated genre of children's films hit a shameless high in the mid-1990's, led by such unimpressive films as Ferngully: The Last Rainforest and Once Upon a Forest. The 20th Century Fox and Hanna-Barbera production of Once Upon a Forest followed the dying trend of combining talking animals with traditional animation, a method of packing kids into theatres that started ten years earlier and was giving way to better technologies. The film's false advertising implied that it was from the makers of An American Tail, but anybody expecting a Don Bluth-like film was met with a clunker that offered nothing of any interest to the adults forced to babysit through it. Bluth's successful musical collaborator, James Horner, was indeed involved, however, and the project came at the height of his period of countless compositions for children's films. For Horner, Once Upon a Forest came right on the heals of We're Back: A Dinosaurs Story and hit audiences just before The Pagemaster. While many Horner collectors consider The Land Before Time to be the composer's greatest (and, ironically, one of the earliest) children's film score, Horner reach the height of his output for the genre in 1993, and by 1995, he would finish with such assignments for over a decade. Critics of Horner's collective mass of music for the genre often state that all of these scores are all re-hashes and re-arrangements of each other, and, truth be told, the most logical way to evaluate them is to compare them to one another. That said, Once Upon a Forest is among the better of the lot. Structurally, Once Upon a Forest wasn't intended to be a fully developed musical. Horner was accustomed to writing title/cover songs to accompany his children's scores, and in this case, he was asked to write three songs to fit directly into the narrative for the picture. Even so, the movie suffered because it didn't qualify as enough of a musical compared to Disney's superior offerings, leaving Horner's traditional score as an indecisive piece as well. The personality of the music is one that you've heard before from Horner, with the superior depth of the London Symphony Orchestra sustaining a tone that is impressive even when thematically undeveloped.



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Average: 3.36 Stars
***** 79 5 Stars
**** 70 4 Stars
*** 67 3 Stars
** 53 2 Stars
* 32 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 67:16
• 1. "Once Upon a Time with Me"* (5:56)
• 2. The Forest (9:11)
• 3. Cornelius's Nature Lesson (3:41)
• 4. The Accident (4:24)
• 5. Bedside Vigil (2:15)
• 6. "Please Wake Up"** (2:36)
• 7. The Journey Begins (8:08)
• 8. "He's Back"*** (2:00)
• 9. Flying (4:49)
• 10. Escaping From the Yellow Dragons/The Meadow (6:36)
• 11. Flying Home to Michelle (6:32)
• 12. The Children/ Maybe One Day... (4:41)
• 13. "Once Upon a Time With Me"/ End Credits* (5:56)
* performed by Florence Warner Jones
** performed by Michael Crawford
*** performed by Ben Vereen

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