A midsummer night's dream on Elm Street.
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A hapless painter is endowed with the ability to understand the speech of forest creatures. Little does he know that the evil King Cactus is planning to destroy the forest using his monstrous grinding machine and an army of magically animated polearms, or that he will play an instrumental role in thwarting the scheming xerophyte. Released in 1986, Čudesna šuma
("The Magical Forest") is Yugoslavia's first feature-length animated film. Created in collaboration with a US production company, it's available in English as (hold on to your hats, folks) "The Elm-Chanted Forest
."The Elm-Chanted Forest
is well-known to viewers in eastern and central Europe, but is not without fans elsewhere
. It's a straightforward children's fantasy, filled with endearing characters, bright colors, and strong emotions, and complete with musical numbers. US viewers may be reminded of Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears
and Rankin/Bass productions like The Flight of Dragons
, although the animation is somewhat less polished. One might also get a kick out of the random bits of 80s kitsch, like break-dancing mushrooms and cheesy electric guitars in some of the more intense scenes.
You can watch The Elm-Chanted Forest
on YouTube in nine parts (1
). The English voicework is not altogether bad, although for full effect you might also take a look at the film in the original language (1
P.S.: The tree in the title is originally an oak, not an elm. They really, really wanted that pun.