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The name of actress Elisabeth Moss is misspelled onscreen as “Elizabeth Moss.” Production assistant Charles Desrochers is listed as “Charles Desrocher.”
       An undated Twentieth Century Fox production announcement in AMPAS library files named Glenn Close among the principal voice cast, but she is not credited onscreen. Although not corroborated by contemporary research materials, modern sources suggest that Close voiced a character in scenes that were later edited out of the film due to time restraints.
       On 29 Nov 1989, DV announced that Hanna-Barbera Productions entered into a coventure deal with an unnamed U.K. production company, which included a television film titled The Endangered.
       According to a 29 Oct 1991 HR production chart, principal animation began 7 Jan 1991 in Los Angeles, CA. The 15 Feb 1991 DV reported that The Endangered was now tentatively scheduled for a theatrical release by Twentieth Century Fox the following year. A few months later, a 2 Sep 1991 Var news item publicized the $300—400 million acquisition of the Hanna-Barbera studio by Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Apollo Investment Fund. The deal was intended to remedy the financial strain of Hanna-Barbera’s parent corporation, Great American Communications Co. (GACC), and ultimately shifted the company’s focus back to television animation.
       The following year, the 18 May 1992 Var stated that animation was nearly complete on the $16 million picture, which had been briefly re-titled Beyond the Yellow Dragons.
       Prior to the film’s 18 Jun 1993 release, a “special [premiere] of production cel art” took place 3 Jun 1993 in West Hollywood, CA, with proceeds benefiting the Los Angeles environmental organization, ... More Less

The name of actress Elisabeth Moss is misspelled onscreen as “Elizabeth Moss.” Production assistant Charles Desrochers is listed as “Charles Desrocher.”
       An undated Twentieth Century Fox production announcement in AMPAS library files named Glenn Close among the principal voice cast, but she is not credited onscreen. Although not corroborated by contemporary research materials, modern sources suggest that Close voiced a character in scenes that were later edited out of the film due to time restraints.
       On 29 Nov 1989, DV announced that Hanna-Barbera Productions entered into a coventure deal with an unnamed U.K. production company, which included a television film titled The Endangered.
       According to a 29 Oct 1991 HR production chart, principal animation began 7 Jan 1991 in Los Angeles, CA. The 15 Feb 1991 DV reported that The Endangered was now tentatively scheduled for a theatrical release by Twentieth Century Fox the following year. A few months later, a 2 Sep 1991 Var news item publicized the $300—400 million acquisition of the Hanna-Barbera studio by Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Apollo Investment Fund. The deal was intended to remedy the financial strain of Hanna-Barbera’s parent corporation, Great American Communications Co. (GACC), and ultimately shifted the company’s focus back to television animation.
       The following year, the 18 May 1992 Var stated that animation was nearly complete on the $16 million picture, which had been briefly re-titled Beyond the Yellow Dragons.
       Prior to the film’s 18 Jun 1993 release, a “special [premiere] of production cel art” took place 3 Jun 1993 in West Hollywood, CA, with proceeds benefiting the Los Angeles environmental organization, Tree People.
       Reviews were generally negative. In his 18 Jun 1993 LAT review, Charles Solomon stated that the “modest production represents a vast improvement” for Hanna-Barbera films, but paled in comparison to the artistic and storytelling standards set by Walt Disney Pictures, Steven Spielberg’s Amblimation, and Don Bluth Productions. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
29 Nov 1989
p. 51.
Daily Variety
15 Feb 1991
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Oct 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
18 Jun 1993
p. 6, 46.
Los Angeles Times
18 Jun 1993
Calendar, p. 4.
New York Times
18 Jun 1993
Section C, p. 10.
Variety
2 Sep 1991
p. 23.
Variety
18 May 1992.
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Variety
28 Jun 1993
p. 23.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT

PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Hanna-Barbera Production
Produced in association with HTV Cymru/Wales
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Storyboard artist
Storyboard artist
Storyboard artist
Storyboard artist
Asst storyboard
Asst model des
Asst model des
FILM EDITORS
Supv film ed
Asst film ed
Negative cutter
MUSIC
Mus comp
Mus ed
Mus rec
Vocal backgrounds
L.S.O. admin
Mus coord
EMI Records Ltd. Abbey Road Studios admin
SOUND
Supv re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Dolby Stereo consultant
Dial rec
ADR rec
ADR mixer
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
1st asst sd ed
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley artist
Sd coord
VISUAL EFFECTS
Titles and opticals by
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Casting
Voice dir
Voice dir
Prod coord
Prod accountant
Addl casting
Addl casting
Casting asst
Casting asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Post-prod mgr
Prod consultant for HTV Cymru/Wales Ltd.
Prod consultant for HTV Cymru/Wales Ltd.
Prod legal
Prod financing provided by
The Yasuda Trust & Banking Co., Prod financing pro
Vice President
Completion guaranty provided by
ANIMATION
Anim dir
Char des development
Timing dir
Key anim
Key anim
Anim
Computer anim by
Prod des
Layout supv
Blue sketch
Blue sketch
Visual eff supv
Visual eff anim
Visual eff anim
Visual eff anim
Visual eff anim
Visual eff anim
Visual eff asst
Visual eff asst
Visual eff asst
Visual eff asst
Visual eff asst
Visual eff asst
Visual eff asst
Asst anim supv
Key char asst
Key char asst
Key char asst
Key char asst
Asst anim
Asst anim
Asst anim
Asst anim
Asst anim
Asst anim
Asst anim
Asst anim
Asst anim
Asst anim
Background supv
Background keys
Addl background keys
Addl background keys
Addl background keys
Addl background keys
Anim col key supv
Col key
Mark up and model painter
Paint lab tech
Final checker
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Cel service
Cel service
Anim checking supv
Anim checker
Anim checker
Anim checker
Anim checker
Anim checker
Anim checker
Anim checker
Xerox supv
Xerox
Addl anim provided by
Assoc prod, Wang Films
Asst anim supv, Wang Films
Asst anim supv, Wang Films
Asst anim, Wang Films
Asst anim, Wang Films
Asst anim, Wang Films
Asst anim, Wang Films
Asst anim, Wang Films
Asst anim, Wang Films
Asst anim, Wang Films
Asst anim, Wang Films
Asst anim, Wang Films
Asst anim, Wang Films
Asst anim, Wang Films
Asst anim, Wang Films
Asst anim, Wang Films
Asst anim, Wang Films
Asst anim, Wang Films
Asst anim, Wang Films
Asst anim, Wang Films
Asst anim, Wang Films
Asst anim, Wang Films
Asst anim, Wang Films
Asst anim, Wang Films
Asst anim, Wang Films
Asst anim, Wang Films
Cleanup artist, Wang Films
Cleanup artist, Wang Films
Cleanup artist, Wang Films
Cleanup artist, Wang Films
Cleanup artist, Wang Films
Cleanup artist, Wang Films
Cleanup artist, Wang Films
Cleanup artist, Wang Films
Cleanup artist, Wang Films
Cleanup artist, Wang Films
Cleanup artist, Wang Films
Cleanup artist, Wang Films
Cleanup artist, Wang Films
Cleanup artist, Wang Films
Cleanup artist, Wang Films
Cleanup artist, Wang Films
Cleanup artist, Wang Films
Cleanup artist, Wang Films
Cleanup artist, Wang Films
Prod asst, Wang Films
Eff anim supv, Wang Films
Eff anim supv, Wang Films
Eff anim, Wang Films
Eff anim, Wang Films
Eff anim, Wang Films
Eff anim, Wang Films
Eff anim, Wang Films
Eff anim, Wang Films
Anim checker, Wang Films
Anim checker, Wang Films
Anim checker, Wang Films
Anim checker, Wang Films
Ink and paint supv, Wang Films
Asst supv, Wang Films
Final check supv, Wang Films
Ink and paint mgr, Wang Films
Inking supv, Wang Films
Paint supv, Wang Films
Paint supv, Wang Films
Mark-up supv, Wang Films
Xerox supv, Wang Films
Xerox supv, Wang Films
Background supv, Wang Films
Background supv, Wang Films
Asst background supv, Wang Films
Asst background supv, Wang Films
Background, Wang Films
Background, Wang Films
Background, Wang Films
Background, Wang Films
Background, Wang Films
Background, Wang Films
Background, Wang Films
Background, Wang Films
Background, Wang Films
Prod mgr, Wang Films
Prod mgr, Wang Films
Prod mgr, Wang Films
Prod supv, Wang Films
Cam supv, Wang Films
Cam, Wang Films
Cam, Wang Films
Addl anim provided by
Prod supv, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Key anim, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Key anim, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Key anim, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Key anim, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Key anim, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Anim, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Anim, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Anim, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Anim, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Anim, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Anim, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Anim, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Anim, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Asst anim, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Asst anim, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Asst anim, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Asst anim, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Asst anim, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Asst anim, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Asst anim, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Asst anim, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Asst anim, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Asst anim, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Inbetweener, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Inbetweener, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Inbetweener, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Inbetweener, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Inbetweener, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Inbetweener, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Inbetweener, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Inbetweener, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Inbetweener, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Inbetweener, Lapiz Azul Animacion
Addl anim provided by
Anim supv, Jaime Diaz Studio
Prod supv, Jaime Diaz Studio
Anim, Jaime Diaz Studio
Anim, Jaime Diaz Studio
Anim, Jaime Diaz Studio
Anim, Jaime Diaz Studio
Anim, Jaime Diaz Studio
Anim, Jaime Diaz Studio
Anim, Jaime Diaz Studio
Anim, Jaime Diaz Studio
Anim, Jaime Diaz Studio
Anim, Jaime Diaz Studio
Asst anim, Jaime Diaz Studio
Asst anim, Jaime Diaz Studio
Asst anim, Jaime Diaz Studio
Asst anim, Jaime Diaz Studio
Asst anim, Jaime Diaz Studio
Asst anim, Jaime Diaz Studio
Asst anim, Jaime Diaz Studio
Background layout, Jaime Diaz Studio
Background layout, Jaime Diaz Studio
Cam, Jaime Diaz Studio
Addl anim provided by
Key anim, A-Film
Anim, A-Film
Anim, A-Film
Anim, A-Film
Anim, A-Film
Anim, A-Film
Anim, A-Film
Anim, A-Film
Asst anim, A-Film
Asst anim, A-Film
Asst anim, A-Film
Asst anim, A-Film
Asst anim, A-Film
Asst anim, A-Film
Prod supv, A-Film
Prod asst, A-Film
Addl anim provided by
Prod supv, Hollywood Cartoon Company
Studio exec, Hollywood Cartoon Company
Supv anim, Hollywood Cartoon Company
Anim, Hollywood Cartoon Company
Anim, Hollywood Cartoon Company
Anim, Hollywood Cartoon Company
Anim, Hollywood Cartoon Company
Anim, Hollywood Cartoon Company
Anim, Hollywood Cartoon Company
Addl anim provided by
Supv anim, Phoenix Animation
Prod supv, Phoenix Animation
Anim, Phoenix Animation
Anim, Phoenix Animation
Anim, Phoenix Animation
Anim, Phoenix Animation
Anim, Phoenix Animation
Anim, Phoenix Animation
Anim, Phoenix Animation
Anim, Phoenix Animation
Anim, Phoenix Animation
Anim, Phoenix Animation
Anim, Phoenix Animation
Anim, Phoenix Animation
Asst anim, Phoenix Animation
Asst anim, Phoenix Animation
Asst anim, Phoenix Animation
Asst anim, Phoenix Animation
Asst anim, Phoenix Animation
Asst anim, Phoenix Animation
Asst anim, Phoenix Animation
Prod coord, Phoenix Animation
Background layout, Phoenix Animation
Background layout, Phoenix Animation
Background layout, Phoenix Animation
Background layout, Phoenix Animation
Addl anim provided by
Anim, Matias Marcos Animacion
Anim, Matias Marcos Animacion
Asst anim, Matias Marcos Animacion
Asst anim, Matias Marcos Animacion
Inbetweener, Matias Marcos Animacion
Inbetweener, Matias Marcos Animacion
Inbetweener, Matias Marcos Animacion
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
Col timing
Col timing
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the Welsh story "Once Upon A Forest" created by Rae Lambert (publication date undetermined).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Please Wake Up," music by James Horner, lyrics by Will Jennings, Michael Tavera, Kelly Ward and Mark Young, performed by Michael Crawford
"He's Gone/He's Back," music by Andrae Crouch, Sandra Crouch and James Horner, lyrics by Andrae Crouch and Sandra Crouch, performed by Ben Vereen, vocal backgrounds The Andrae Crouch Singers
"Once Upon A Time With Me," music by James Horner, lyrics by Will Jennings, performed by Florence Warner Jones, vocal backgrounds The New London Children's Choir.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Beyond the Yellow Dragons
The Endangered
Release Date:
18 June 1993
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 18 June 1993
Production Date:
7 January 1991--summer 1992
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Copyright Date:
21 May 1993
Copyright Number:
PA612003
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Animation
Duration(in mins):
68
MPAA Rating:
G
Countries:
Wales, United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
32064
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Dapplewood Forest, three young animal “Furlings”—Abigail the mouse, Russell the hedgehog, and Edgar the mole—rush off to their daily school lesson with Cornelius the elderly badger. Cornelius shows his pupils a scale model of his flying device, which he calls a “Flapper Wingamathing.” When he releases the contraption into the air, the Furlings clamor to catch it, but accidentally crush it under a fallen book. After chastising the Furlings for their rowdiness, Cornelius takes them and his niece, Michelle, on a botany lesson, during which the Furlings frolic onto a paved road, narrowly evading an oncoming car. They inquire about the “monstrous” device, but Cornelius urges them to forget what they have seen. Later, a truck carrying a tanker of poisonous gas bursts a tire and crashes. The gases permeate through the forest, killing plants and driving most of the wildlife away. Upon returning from their excursion, the Furlings realize something is amiss and Michelle rushes home to find her parents dead at the kitchen table. Brief exposure to the gas knocks her unconscious, forcing Abigail to run inside and save her. Cornelius takes the children back to his house and tells the story of how his parents were killed by human exterminators. Estimating that Michelle has only two days to live, the elderly badger sends the Furlings to find herbal remedies for her damaged eyes and lungs. The first night of their journey, Abigail is captured by a hawk while running across an open field. Although she escapes the bird’s nest and rejoins her friends, the hawk chases them under a log at the edge of the clearing. Now lost, the boys blame Abigail for getting them ... +


In Dapplewood Forest, three young animal “Furlings”—Abigail the mouse, Russell the hedgehog, and Edgar the mole—rush off to their daily school lesson with Cornelius the elderly badger. Cornelius shows his pupils a scale model of his flying device, which he calls a “Flapper Wingamathing.” When he releases the contraption into the air, the Furlings clamor to catch it, but accidentally crush it under a fallen book. After chastising the Furlings for their rowdiness, Cornelius takes them and his niece, Michelle, on a botany lesson, during which the Furlings frolic onto a paved road, narrowly evading an oncoming car. They inquire about the “monstrous” device, but Cornelius urges them to forget what they have seen. Later, a truck carrying a tanker of poisonous gas bursts a tire and crashes. The gases permeate through the forest, killing plants and driving most of the wildlife away. Upon returning from their excursion, the Furlings realize something is amiss and Michelle rushes home to find her parents dead at the kitchen table. Brief exposure to the gas knocks her unconscious, forcing Abigail to run inside and save her. Cornelius takes the children back to his house and tells the story of how his parents were killed by human exterminators. Estimating that Michelle has only two days to live, the elderly badger sends the Furlings to find herbal remedies for her damaged eyes and lungs. The first night of their journey, Abigail is captured by a hawk while running across an open field. Although she escapes the bird’s nest and rejoins her friends, the hawk chases them under a log at the edge of the clearing. Now lost, the boys blame Abigail for getting them into trouble, but the young mouse reminds her friends that they possess resourceful qualities that will help them find their way. The next morning, they encounter a flock of birds mourning the death of one of their own by a monster known as the “Yellow Dragon.” Edgar frees a baby bird stuck in the mud, and the townspeople rejoice. The group’s preacher directs the travelers toward a meadow, but warns them to beware the Yellow Dragons. As the Furlings cross the dusty field, they find themselves in the midst of a construction site ravaged by yellow excavators. After falling through a grate into a sewer, they are flushed out to a pond on the edge of a beautiful, flourishing meadow. There, a community of squirrels accuse them of coming to steal their food, but Edgar summons the courage to stand up to them. Ignoring the squirrels’ taunts, they attempt to collect one of the herbs, which grows on a steep cliff high above their reach. The Furlings build a full-size prototype of Cornelius’s Flapper Wingamathing that propels them into the air. Moments before Abigail can grab the herb, however, a gust of wind knocks her free and she dangles perilously from the flying machine’s wing. Edgar pulls her back onboard and realizes that a cluster of the plant has been caught between the wing flaps. As they fly home, they encounter a rainstorm and crash into a telephone wire, which singes the aircraft. The Wingamathing plummets to the ground and crashes in the familiar foliage of Dapplewood. Recognizing their surroundings, they run to Cornelius’s house with the antidote. Just then, humans surround the dwelling and Cornelius fears they are about to be exterminated. As he and the Furlings flee, Edgar trips, loses his glasses, and wanders into a trap. One of the humans, however, lets Edgar go and destroys the trap before continuing on his way. Relieved, Cornelius coats Michelle’s eyes with the herbs and says they must wait until morning to see if the remedy has worked. At daybreak, Michelle revives and Cornelius proudly admires the remnants of the Flapper Wingamathing the youngsters built. Moments later, Edgar, Russell, and Abigail’s families return to reunite with their lost children. Although the outskirts of the forest have been damaged by the gas, Cornelius says that if the animals work as hard as they did to save Michelle, it may be possible to restore their home to its former state. +

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