* AdaptationDisplacement: It was a book first.
* AllAnimationIsDisney: Besides being mistaken for a Disney movie, it is also sometimes mistaken for a Creator/DonBluth movie, which it isn't. Its posters and trailers which proudly proclaimed "from the creator of WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail" would have you think otherwise.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qs1rTn81ODQ "Once Upon a Time With Me".]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuPiAA3onVI "Please Wake Up."]] Michael Crawford reportedly burst into tears recording it.
** It's one of James Horner's prettiest scores. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMCgW0ZMqGQ "The Forest"]] is a prime example.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The part where the group comes across the flock of birds, and has to save Bosworth. This section really doesn't contribute anything to the story, except to introduce the concept of "the Yellow Dragons."
* CultClassic
* EnsembleDarkHorse: Phineas. It helps that he was voiced by Ben Vereen.
** Also Edgar, who was the only character to get a limited edition stuffed animal version made.
* FridgeBrilliance: Waggs is such a {{Jerkass}} because...well, imagine growing up with a name like ''Waggs''.
* FridgeHorror: Cornelius and his younger sister, Michelle's mother, [[spoiler:narrowly escaped the gassing that killed their parents.]] Years later, [[spoiler:the sister met the exact same fate.]]
** What's more, the audience is shown the flashback involving the younger version of Michelle's mother just minutes ''after'' [[spoiler: she dies]].
* InferredHolocaust: Though two deaths [[spoiler: (Michelle's parents)]] are shown onscreen, the gas leak would have probably killed many more cute furry forest creatures than that...
* OneSceneWonder: Phineas, the pastor of the bird choir, Willy and Waggs from the meadow.
* {{Padding}}: The scene with the wrens sticks out the most.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Hey, Bosworth is [[{{WesternAnimation/Recess}} Vince]] and [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Tucker]]!
* SoBadItsGood: From Michael Crawford's LargeHam acting to yet another GreenAesop.
* SoOkayItsAverage: The consensus for those who have actually seen it is that there is a lot to admire about it, but the story and characters are boring.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: Michelle is way too cute. You cannot resist.
* ValuesResonance: After things like the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, this film and its {{a|nAesop}}esop are particularly relevant.
* ViewerGenderConfusion: Abigail is not immediately identifiable as a female for some, due to her tomboyish personality, short hair, and gender-neutral clothing.
* TheWoobie: Michelle, definitely.
** Cornelius certainly qualifies, especially given that [[spoiler: now Michelle is all the family he has left in the world, and]] he can only sit there helplessly as she's slowly slipping away.
** Also Abigail, when she starts feeling bad about herself for thoughtlessly leading the furlings into danger.
** Edgar also has his moments of this.
** Also Bosworth, the young wren trapped in the mud that the furlings save.
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