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AGES 2 TO 5 ONCE UPON A FOREST (1993, Fox/RCA, G) Three woodland animals must venture from their protected glen to save the life of a friend in this musical cartoon adventure. It’s a benign story, and younger children will probably forgive the routine songs and muddy animation. But if the kids are looking for a film about cute creatures in the forest, there’s still no beating Bambi, the mother of all forest animal flicks. B- A CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES (1993, F.H.E., unrated) Young Robbie is sickly and bedridden, but thanks to his healthy imagination he still has plenty of adventures. Too bad a little of Robbie’s imagination didn’t rub off on the folks who made the video: This animated musical version of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic is just plain dull. C

AGES 5 TO 9 ALADDIN (1993, Walt Disney, G) Robin Williams’ big blue fast-talking Genie-who has already transformed himself into a cash cow for Disney-has finally been uncorked in video stores. Aladdin isn’t quite a classic in the Beauty and the Beast mold, but it is loads of fun. One line from one song that was attacked for stereotyping Arabs has been replaced. A-

REMOTE (1993, Moonbeam, PG) Another case of deja viewing: Here, a second-rate Macaulay Culkin clone (Chris Carrara) fascinated by remote-controlled toys outwits the bumbling crooks who have broken into his house. A made-for-video feature so similar to Home Alone that John Hughes oughta sue (not that he needs the money). C

AGES 9 AND UP THE BEST OF BEAKMAN’S WORLD (1993, Columbia TriStar, unrated) With his Eraserhead hairdo and a lab assistant dressed up as a rat, TV’s Beakman is fast becoming the ’90s’ answer to Mr. Wizard. Beakman’s goofy manner and sarcastic put-downs keep the kids watching as he demonstrates all sorts of nifty experiments that open up the world of science to children. A-

X-MEN (1993, Saban/PolyGram, unrated) Those Saturday-morning mutants-young outcast superheroes who wage war with supervillains while suffering the strains of adolescence-return in two new animated adventures: Captive Hearts and Cold Vengeance. The action stops only long enough for scenes bursting with tough-guy talk. Both volumes: B