''The Elm-Chanted Forest'' is a Yugoslavian/U.S. joint-produced animated film from the 1980s. In fact, it was the first feature-length animated film produced in what is now Croatia. And it proves that the Croatians can [[WidgetSeries weird it up with the best of them]]. It is also known as ''Fantasy Forest,'' but the pun is more distinctive.

The enchanted forest is protected at all times by the great and mighty enchanted elm tree that watches over it. But the nefarious Emperor Spine, the King Cactus, watches it from afar, and he wants to turn it into a desert land that he can rule. As it happens, an [[UnluckyEverydude exceedingly mild-mannered]] painter named Peter wanders into the forest from a nearby village to paint the elm tree. When he falls asleep under it, the elm tree grants him a passel of magical powers with which to protect the forest: [[SpeaksFluentAnimal the ability to talk to animals]] and [[ArtInitiatesLife a magical paintbrush]]. At first Peter is content to simply hang out with the local wildlife, but soon the Cactus King bears down on him and his friends. ([[IncrediblyLamePun The bear almost does, but he's more of a good guy.]]) Soon Peter is teaming up with animals, spirits, and even a beleaguered wizard named Thistle to stop the Cactus King, enchanted upheaval and... [[WackyWaysideTribe literally magic mushrooms]]!? Hey. I warned you it was weird!

It managed to spawn a sequel, ''The Magic Hat'', but that one never really made it overseas. It starred Thistle the wizard.
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* ActualPacifist: [[spoiler: The Fire Spirit, [[KillItWithFire contrary to popular belief.]] He lives deep within the earth, and is happy keeping to himself. He has to be tricked by Emperor Spine into setting his flames free.]]
* AdiposeRex: The water king; probably because he sleeps in all day. Emperor Spine, too, but then again, many types of cactus ''are'' that round...
* ArtInitiatesLife: The Enchanted Elm gives Peter a magical paintbrush that can paint living pictures.
** Though mostly they [[PowerupLetdown move slightly for a second or two then stop]].
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Thistle reasons that the reason the Cactus King is so mean is that [[spoiler:he has never blossomed before, and is thus unfulfilled]]. However, when [[spoiler:he finally does blossom, the flowers come out of his ''spines''. Cacti flower from specially grown stalks off their bodies, not their spikes]]!
* BearsAreBadNews: Thistle tries to get a football-playing bear to tackle Peter. However, neither the bear nor Thistle really is ''that'' bad.
* BerserkButton: Do NOT mention beavers in front of the Cactus King.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The Cactus King is reformed, and the forest is saved... but the powers Peter received from the elm tree have worn off, and he must go back to his village, as he can no longer understand his new animal friends.]]
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: See ThatRemindsMeOfASong below.
* CunningLikeAFox: Fifi, of course.
* DancePartyEnding
* [[DisneyAcidSequence Disney 'Shrooms Sequence]]: The "Truffle Shuffle" done by the mushroom tribe. They must be inhaling their own spores all the time!
* TheFourElements: The four kings/spirits present in the movie each roughly represent one of the classical elements: The River King represents water, the Fire Spirit fire, Baron Burr is Wind, and Emperor Spine is Earth.
* FunnyAfro: The mushroom singers, especially Michael J. Mushroom. While this is actually a reasonable approximation of the way [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truffle_(fungus) truffles]] look, the fact that the mushrooms seem to otherwise be in {{blackface}} could be considered somewhat UnfortunateImplications.
* GenreSavvy: The Cactus King isn't too comfortable with Baron Burr's prophecy, knowing that ExactWords could be at work. "It is obscure, needle-brain! I must know with pinpoint accuracy!"
* GratuitousFrench: Fifi the fox. Even her {{Leitmotif}} sounds French!
* HeelFaceTurn: Thistle does one rather early in the film. Early enough that it's not really a spoiler. [[spoiler:It is, however, a spoiler that the ''Cactus King'' does one, too.]]
* HurricaneOfPuns: The Cactus King constantly uses [[IncrediblyLamePun some very sharp words to make a point.]]
* IdiotHero: Peter slips into this. Early on, the animals go to more lengths than they should need to to keep him from walking into the Cactus King's lair -- just because the king offered Peter lunch.
* MindScrew
* KillItWithFire: The Cactus King tries to persuade the great fire spirit to set the forest on fire. [[spoiler:The Fire Spirit is actually very peaceful, and doesn't want to burn the forest. But he does accidentally, anyway.]]
* LargeHam: Baron Burr. "IF you listen VERY CAREFULLY, the WIND will SPEAK TO YOU!"
** Also, the Cactus King. "[[BerserkButton Did you say... Did YOU SAY...]] '''[[BerserkButton BEAVER?!!!!!]]'''"
* {{Leitmotif}}: Both Peter and Thistle have them.
* LipLock: Parts of the animation are sped up in the English dub to match the new dialogue.
* MushroomSamba: There is a ''literal'' one, the "Truffle Shuffle"/"Mushroom Power", about how awesome it is to be a mushroom. At the end of the routine, they all suddenly grow fangs. It's loosely implied that this is because of something they gave Peter to turn him into a mushroom himself.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: "The Cactus King." Sounds real friendly, doesn't he?
* NoIndoorVoice: Baron Burr ''can't'' speak at anything below a shout.
* PropheciesRhymeAllTheTime
* RobeAndWizardHat: Thistle.
* ShowSomeLeg: Well, if one of the assets to your evil-fighting team is a sexy French fox, you might as well.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: J. Edgar Beaver's whiskers do this [[spoiler:when he encounters the female beaver.]] Yes, really.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Peter gains the power to talk to animals.
* {{Sssssnaketalk}}: Firebug ssspeaksss like thisss.
* SpikesOfDoom: The name "Emperor Spine" really kind of says it all.
* TagalongKid: The three hedgehogs.
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: When Thistle initially goes to the bear for help, said Bear tells him to relax a bit, then randomly breaks into song that has nothing to do with what ''either'' of them were saying. And no, it is not brought up ever again.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: This is as much Thistle's story as it is Peter's.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Peter takes it quite in stride when he finds out he can paint living pictures and talk to animals.
* WackyWaysideTribe: The mushrooms.
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