Kid Stuff

One classic and one politically timely animated feature will fill the theaters this summer. Snow White needs no introduction, but it should be noted that even though this first feature-length cartoon has been surpassed in technique, it has yet to be surpassed for emotional pitch or range.

Once Upon a Forest uses any number of technical shortcuts in its animations, and this shows in restricted scale of movement, a lack of depth, so-so coloring, and limited characterizations. However, it does have a very strong plot, adapted from Rae Lambert’s children’s stories, about a trio of animals— kids, of course—who have to find herbal medicine to save a friend sickened by a toxic spill in their forest home. The movie’s almost ferocious ecological stance leaks into the storyline, giving it a propulsive energy.