The Elm-Chanted Forest

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The Elm-Chanted Forest
The Elm-Chanted Forest.jpg
Directed by Milan Blažeković
Doro Vlado Hreljanovic
Produced by Doro Vlado Hreljanovic
Carroll Rue
Vlado Teresak
Written by Fred P. Sharkey
Suncana Skrinjaric
Starring David Earls
Edward Eyrich
Charles Forrest
Simon Hefter
Chris Helmer
Eric Needham
Francesca Picchi
Paul Powers
Carroll Rue
Lauren Shanahan
David Spelvin
Mark Surkin
Anna Tornhill
Music by Dennis Leogrande
Cinematography Ernest Gregl
Croatia Film
Fantasy Forest Films Inc.
Distributed by United States:
Celebrity Home Entertainment's Just for Kids[1]
Release date
United States:
July 22, 1988
4 January 1989 (VHS)[1]
Running time
83 min.
Country Yugoslavia (Croatia)
United States
Language Croatian

The Elm-Chanted Forest (Čudesna šuma) is a 1986 Croatian-American animated musical film; in the U.S., it is also known as Fantasy Forest. It was the first full-length film directed by Milan Blažeković, and also the first animated feature produced in Croatia and Yugoslavia.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

After an artist named Peter Palette takes a nap under an enchanted elm tree, he discovers that he now has the ability to communicate with the animals of the forest, and that his paintbrush now has magical powers. To help his new friends survive, he must use his abilities to stop the evil Cactus King from turning the forest into a desert.

Main characters[edit]

  • Peter Palette: A painter who gains the ability to communicate with the animals of the forest.
  • J. Edgar Beaver: A beaver who owns a saloon in the forest.
  • Bud E. Bear: A friendly bear who becomes Peter's ally. He sometimes goes to J. Edgar's saloon.
  • Fifi Fox: A beautiful and delicate vixen with a French accent.
  • Do, Ray, and Mee: A trio of hedgehog siblings.
  • Emperor Spine (The Cactus King): Not much is shown about his origins, but he plans to destroy the forest and replace it with a desert. His henchmen are called the Spinetinglers.
  • Thistle: The Cactus King's timid court magician, who tries everything to please his master. But with friendship of Peter and the others, he helps them to stop the Cactus King's evil plot.

English voice cast[edit]


In the U.S., Celebrity Home Entertainment's Just for Kids label released The Elm-Chanted Forest on VHS and Beta on 4 January 1989.[1]

There was also a 1990 sequel, The Magician's Hat (Čarobnjakov šešir), seldom seen outside its home country.

In late 2007, both this film and its sequel were released on DVD in the countries of former Yugoslavia by Happy TV.


In 1999, a poll of Croatian film fans found it to be one of the best Croatian films ever made.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Home Video Guide". The Palm Beach Post. 1988-12-30. p. TGIF 22. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  2. ^ Škrabalo, Ivo (2004). "Film programmes". HFS Zagreb. Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  3. ^ ""Tko pjeva, zlo ne misli" najbolji hrvatski film svih vremena!". Slobodna Dalmacija (in Croatian). 1999-11-28. Retrieved 2013-02-08. 

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