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| Celebi: The Voice of the Forest|
セレビィ 時を超えた遭遇 Celebi: A Timeless Encounter
|| July 7, 2001
| United States
|| October 11, 2002
| Home video
|| February 8, 2002*
| United States
|| March 18, 2003*
| English themes
| Japanese themes
| United States
| Great Britain
| New Zealand
Pokémon 4Ever - Celebi: The Voice of the Forest (Japanese: 劇場版ポケットモンスター セレビィ 時を超えた遭遇 Pocket Monsters the Movie - Celebi: Encounter Beyond Time; officially known as Celebi: a Timeless Encounter in Japan) is the fourth Pokémon movie. It features Celebi and Suicune.
It was released in theaters in Japan on July 7, 2001. It was distributed by Miramax in theaters in 2002. A limited release in the United States took place on October 11, 2002, and the official premiere was on October 25, 2002.
Celebi: The Voice of the Forest was shown with the Pikachu short movie Pikachu's PikaBoo.
Other posters and logos
Celebi: A Timeless Encounter teaser poster
Final Celebi: A Timeless Encounter movie poster
Celebi: A Timeless Encounter DVD cover
Japanese poster featuring Celebi
Celebi: A Timeless Encounter logo
Celebi: The Voice of the Forest title screen
There are always those who seek to contain and capture rare Pokémon—and there are those who would protect these special Pokémon from evil forces. Forty years ago that very thing occurred when Celebi found itself fleeing a vicious hunter, and a young Trainer named Sammy rushed to the rescue. They vanished—becoming yet another strange legend that the townspeople tell.
In the present day, Ash and friends arrive in the forest, and while the story of Sammy and Celebi might seem like just that at first—a story—they find out the truth when both boy and Pokémon turn up again! Though both recover from their harrowing ordeal of forty years past, things aren't necessarily getting better—there are still people looking to capture Celebi! This time it's the Iron Masked Marauder, and his plan might just be the cruelest one yet. He's equipped with Dark Balls, which make any Pokémon captured in them mindlessly obedient and evil. Can Ash, Sammy, Misty, and Brock withstand the power of a possessed Celebi, and restore it to its true self?
Forty years ago
A young Pokémon Trainer named Sam is traveling through the woods one day. A young woman named Towa gives Sam a piece of bread and a warning: that there is a rare and powerful Pokémon living in the forest. Sam thanks her for the bread and continues into the deep woods, where he begins sketching some Bellossom, unaware that elsewhere in the same forest, a Celebi is being chased down by a Pokémon poacher who wishes to capture it using his Scyther and his Houndoom. Celebi, the poacher, and Sam soon come in contact with one another, and Sam protects the Celebi from the man, who reveals himself to be a poacher of rare Pokémon. Celebi is still worried and in pain, however, and teleports both itself and Sam into the future.
In a caravan by the forest the same Pokémon poacher, now aged, is in a confrontation with the Iron-Masked Marauder, a member of Team Rocket, who wants to know where he saw Celebi. The poacher refuses, and therefore the Iron-Masked Marauder demonstrates a Dark Ball, using it on one of the Pokémon the poacher has caged up, a Tyranitar. Using the now Dark Tyranitar's Hyper Beam, the Iron-Masked Marauder destroys the ranch, and apparently the cages, of the poacher. Finally convinced of the Rocket member's power, the poacher agrees to tell him everything he knows about Celebi.
At the same time, in a nearby town, Brock and Misty are waiting for Ash to arrive at the dock of one of the many ferries they've taken across the waterways of the regions. Brock sends out his Crobat to find Ash and tell him that it's just about time for them to leave, just as Ash starts a Pokémon battle with another Trainer, using his Pikachu against the Trainer's Croconaw. Pikachu defeats Croconaw easily, just as Crobat shows up, and Ash and Pikachu make a run for the dock, arriving just in time to see the ferry begin to pull away. Ash runs for a dock nearer to where the ferry is, jumping for it and being caught by Mr. White, the boat's owner. After being dragged on board, the Trainers and owner talk Pokémon.
It is during this that Pikachu sees another Pokémon in the forest, Suicune. As soon as they arrive at their next destination, Ash makes a call to Professor Oak, who explains to them from Ash's description that it indeed was a Suicune. From the description Professor Oak gives the young Trainers, it seems that Oak himself knows more about Suicune specifically than the experts, leading Ash to ask if he ever has seen one. The Professor replies affirmatively, and Ash asks where he did. Before Oak can reply, the ferry's owner calls for Ash, telling him that they must leave. Ash says goodbye quickly, and goes with him.
Ash continues on the water, this time in a different boat, through a deep forest, and, as always, Jessie, James, and Meowth are watching. This time, their preferred mode of transport is seemingly a giant pink paper airplane, the propeller in the back of which is operated by the pedaling of the Rocket trio. However, Jessie stops pedaling for a moment, leaving the contraption underpowered and susceptible to the wind, which is exactly what catches it. Team Rocket are sent flying into the distance, leaving their trademark star in the sky.
Meanwhile, Ash, as well as the others, have reached a waterfall along the river. Unable to climb it, Misty asks what they'll do. Mr. White responds with a quick transformation of his craft, turning it from a boat into a small blimp in a matter of seconds, and floating up, over the waterfall, and into Arborville which a small town comprising entirely of tree-houses, where he lets the Trainers off.
They continue on, arriving at the same place that Sam did forty years before and are asked by Towa, who has now aged considerably, if they're going to be going into the forest to look for Pokémon. Ash replies that he will and soon the old woman's granddaughter, Diana, shows up, who Brock promptly hits on. Ash ignores Towa's advice, running headlong into the forest, leaving Misty to pull Brock away from Diana, as she always does.
As soon as the trio has gotten into the deep woods, the trees begin to glow blue, something that happened just before Celebi vanished into the future with Sam. At the same place he vanished from, in front of Celebi's shrine, Sam reappears just as Ash, Misty and Brock run up, with Celebi in his arms. Celebi floats away before the three can see it. Sam is unconscious and Ash, worried about him, decides to take him back to Towa's house.
As soon as the four return, Sam wakes up, pushing Ash away and demanding where Celebi has gone. Before there can be a fight between Ash and Sam, Brock is able to break it up. Towa suddenly recognizes Sam, and she brings everyone inside to explain what happened. Since Sam disappeared 40 years before, she had been keeping his sketchbook, and returns it to him explaining to him just how long he'd been gone. Sam vows to return to where he reappeared and find Celebi to help it, and Ash, Misty, and Brock agree to go with him.
Soon, traveling in the forest, the four see the destruction wreaked by the Iron-Masked Marauder's giant mech, and Sam and Ash find where Celebi is hiding. However, the Time Travel Pokémon appears not to want their help, sending out vines to get them away. Pikachu prepares to ThunderShock it, but Sam prevents it from doing so. Soon, Ash and Sam are able to, together, soothe Celebi and bring it with them.
Team Rocket, not yet having given up, are waiting for them, and block their path back. Saying their motto, as they always do, causes Wobbuffet to fall down onto the already-unstable branch they stand on, though, and causes it to break, sending them to the ground, and allowing the four Trainers to continue.
Just as Ash says that the town where the old woman and Diana live together is close, the Iron-Masked Marauder attacks, sending out his Dark Tyranitar against the Trainers. Using its Hyper Beam again, he very nearly hits them, however, they are able to escape, partly due to the intervention of Weezing's SmokeScreen. It is at this point where all of the Team Rocket members meet the Iron-Masked Marauder demonstrates to them his Dark Pokémon, sending out his Dark Sneasel and Dark Scizor as well, and sends the two Pokémon after the group of four.
Misty causes the group to stop due to twisting her knee, and both of the Dark Pokémon catch up. Ash prepares to battle, taking out one of his Poké Balls, and Sam does as well. Sam's Poké Ball is different, though; instead of being a red-and-white color like Ash's, it has a grayish color to it, and must be unscrewed on the top before sending out his Pokémon of choice, a Charmeleon. Ash, now over the surprise of Sam's strange Poké Ball, throws his own, sending out Bayleef. Thus begins a battle, Bayleef vs Scizor, Charmeleon vs Sneasel. Both of the Trainers' Pokémon are able to defeat the Marauder's, just as the man himself, with his team-mates, arrives. However, all he finds left by the Trainers are his Pokémon, tied up.
Ash and the group continue in the forest, which grows foggy. Leading them through are several Normal-type Pokémon, who bring them to a lake, called the Lake of Life. Sam brings Celebi in, and it dives underwater, using Recover. Now fully healed, the Pokémon plays with the group a bit, and Ash turns his hat backward and jumps in, followed by Sam. The three of them swim for a bit, then fly through the air with the help of Celebi's Psychic powers. Celebi soon leads all four of them to a Berry tree, and everything seems well for a bit.
Jessie, James, and Meowth, bored on the Iron-Masked Marauder's mech, try to grab a fruit of their own, however, in doing so, they end up falling out, and even losing the fruit itself to a Pidgeotto.
Back with Ash's group, he and Sam are discussing Pokémon, and Sam shows Ash his sketchbook, containing several excellent drawings including the one that Sam is working on now; one of Pikachu and Celebi sleeping together. Ash remarks on the quality of Sam's pictures, which Ash compares to a Pokédex. The two then talk about how, especially for Sam, that their mothers must worry about them. Pikachu and Celebi then wake up and run off, causing Sam and Ash to follow them. Climbing a tree, they watch many Metapod evolve into Butterfree and fly off creating a magnificently colorful display. The two friends watch this together with the Pokémon, and marvel at the amazing and unforgettable sight.
The next morning, the four Trainers continue their journey back to the village when the Iron-Masked Marauder arrives on his mech. With Jessie, James and Meowth cutting off their escape, the gang are forced to try to fight their way out. Pikachu's attacks do not damage the mech, and the Iron-Masked Marauder captures Celebi in his Dark Ball. Ash attempts to attack the Iron-Masked Marauder himself and climbs the mech's leg, as a flock of Pidgey surround the Marauder allowing Ash to make it up. However, even though his efforts are able to topple the mech and is able to get the Dark Ball containing Celebi away, the evil Team Rocket member is able to get it back when Ash loses consciousness. He then shows the group, as well as the Pokémon who have gathered to help Celebi, just what has happened: Celebi has become a mindless monster who instantly attacks with its psychic powers easily defeating all the Pokémon. The Iron-Masked Marauder demands Celebi displays more of its power, and the Pokémon responds by picking up a good amount of debris, and Jessie, to create a monstrous ball. Suicune is watching this, and Diana and her grandmother know as well and go to rescue Ash and the others in Mr. White's blimp.
As Celebi moves through the forest, the Iron-Masked Marauder refuses to let Jessie go as he wants her to make a full report to Giovanni about the power he now possesses. He then has Celebi turn the ball into a monstrous creation which fires a purple beam at the Lake, causing an explosion which destroys its purity. Jessie promises the Marauder that she'll guarantee him a promotion when he hands Celebi over to Giovanni, however the Marauder tells her he has no intention of handing Celebi over. Instead, he plans to use Celebi to usurp Giovanni and take over Team Rocket himself. The blimp approaches the Marauder and Ash and Sam try to get Celebi's attention, but the Marauder has Celebi fire at the blimp, causing it to crash land in the lake and another shot sends them flying to shore. Ash and Sam are determined to get Celebi back and Ash orders a Thunderbolt from Pikachu against the Celebi-monster, but it has no effect. The Iron-Masked Marauder decides to get rid of Ash and Sam once and for all and order Celebi to fire at them. Ash and Sam have no way of avoiding the beam that's forming, and Celebi fires.
Ash and Sam are rescued by Suicune, who had arrived just in time. Suicune confirms it's there to help, and Ash and Sam prepare to get Celebi back. The Iron-Masked Marauder notices Suicune's arrival and decides to capture it too, and sends out his Dark Tyranitar and orders a Hyper Beam. Brock knows Tyranitar has to be stopped and sends out Onix against it. The two Pokémon begin to fight however Onix, despite its size advantage, finds itself to be no match against Tyranitar's strength. Meanwhile Suicune attempts to find an opening to get Ash and Sam to Celebi but cannot get past the Celebi-monster's defenses. Eventually Tyranitar heads towards Suicune who unleashes a powerful Bubble Beam which knocks it back, allowing Onix to use its tail to send Tyranitar flying into the Lake, taking it out of the fight. However the battle has taken its toll on Onix who faints. Brock congratulates Onix on a job well done and returns it to its Poké Ball.
Meanwhile, Suicune is finally able to make a run for Celebi up the monster's arm, but is caught by the creature's tendril which start to sap the energy out of it. Ash and Sam are sent flying, but are caught by Jessie who informs them of Celebi's location. Ash and Sam climb the monster and find Celebi at its heart. Ash and Sam start to climb through, withstanding Celebi's attacks and try to remind it of its previous gentle nature. Eventually, Celebi starts to regain its memories of Ash, Sam and Pikachu and the tendrils holding Suicune release it. Celebi soon breaks free of its brainwashing, destroying the Dark Ball containing it.
Now that Celebi is free from the Iron-Masked Marauder's control, the Celebi-monster is left to crumble into the lake along with the Iron-Masked Marauder and Jessie. Celebi flies Ash and Sam out of the disintegrating creature however it starts to lose strength. By the time Ash's friends and Suicune meet Ash and Sam at the lakeside Celebi is unconscious, something is seriously wrong. Just then Celebi withers in Ash's arms, to everyone's horror. Brock suggests putting Celebi into the water, however it has no effect as the lake's water has been tainted by the attack on it. Suicune however has the power to save the lake, and jumps across the water purifying and restoring it with every step.
Ash places Celebi into the water, however despite being clean it still has no effect. Ash then tries feeding it the Berries it liked earlier, but Celebi doesn't move and the Berries fall into the lake. It is now clear that Celebi is dead, and Ash and the villagers start to weep. Sam angrily states that Celebi didn't do anything wrong, that it was forced to attack the forest and never got the choice, and now it can never have a choice. Sam starts to cry as well, as the others continue to sob, upset at losing such an innocent Pokémon and friend. Suicune and the Forest Pokémon are also devastated, and all cry out in anguish.
Suddenly, a bright light appears in the sky enveloping the lake causing everyone to look up. The light vibrates for a few seconds, before a portal opens through which several Celebi appear. They cause the Celebi lying dead in Ash's arms to rise up and the take it to the middle of a circle and start to give it energy. Towa explains that the spirits of the past and the future can travel through time too, and so they've all come to help their fallen friend. Celebi's body returns to its previous state and the tiny Pokémon suddenly wakes up completely revived to everyone's joy. The Celebi spirits travel back through the portal, which closes in a magnificent display of light. Celebi is now full of life and starts to fly across the lake, happily returning to everyone on the shore.
The reunion is cut short when the Iron-Masked Marauder suddenly emerges from the lake grabbing Celebi. Determined to get away with Celebi one way or another, two rockets emerge from a jet pack on his back and he flies away. Ash is desperate to not let him get away and grabs the Iron-Masked Marauder's leg as he rises and holds on tight, despite rising very high very fast and with the Maurauder trying to kick him off. Ash climbs up his legs orders Pikachu to use Thunderbolt on the evil man, causing the jet pack to explode, and he, Ash, and Pikachu to fall back to Earth. Ash and Pikachu are immediately rescued by Celebi, who helps them fly and return to their friends. The Iron-Masked Marauder falls through the trees, eventually reaching the ground, losing his helmet, and having to face the wrath of the Arborville citizens and several Bug-type Pokémon. He goes to send out his Scizor and Sneasel, but the Dark Balls are missing, and then all of the Bug types use String Shot to tie him up.
Back at the lake, Ash and company say goodbye to Suicune, and Celebi prepares to travel back in time 40 years to return Sam from where he came. As Ash says goodbye, Sam and he agree that they'll see each other again one day. Celebi and Sam then disappear as they travel through time and those who remained in the present are saddened by Sam and Celebi's departure, with Ash especially upset that his new friend had to leave.
Soon afterwards Ash, Misty, and Brock find themselves back where they started, calling Professor Oak once again to confirm that it indeed was a Suicune they saw, and Misty adds that they also were able to see Celebi. Oak notices Ash's disheartened face and asks him what exactly is bringing him down, as he hasn't said a word since they began talking. Ash replies that it's because he made a really good friend, but now it seems they'll never see each other again. Professor Oak responds that true friendships can withstand the test of time and he's absolutely sure that he'll see Sam again and that even though they're separated, they'll be friends forever. Ash feels better from Oak's kind words and promises to tell him the full story when he returns to Pallet Town, and Oak remarks that he's looking forward to it.
After hanging up, Misty notices something: How could Professor Oak have known that the boy they met was named Sam if none of them mentioned this? Before the gang can think on it too much, the next ferry they're taking is prepared to leave, and they have to go catch it. Brock can only simply chalk it up to being that Professor Oak is a brilliant man who knows everything as they run off to more adventures.
Back in Oak's lab, the Professor is looking through a sketchbook—but not of Tracey's, of his own. Talking to himself, he says that it's all as if it happened yesterday, revealing to the viewers the drawing of Celebi and Pikachu together that he drew and that Sam was actually the younger Professor Oak.
In the end, Jessie swims in the lake, and James and Meowth find her on a raft. Soon after they meet back up, a Tyranitar, formerly the Iron-Masked Marauder's, attacks the raft. As it swims away, the Iron-Masked Marauder's Scizor and Sneasel are also revealed, returning to their wild life on being freed from the Dark Balls. The movie, like the others, ends on a Team Rocket note.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
- Main article: Celebi: Encounter Beyond Time Original Soundtrack
- Main article: Celebi: a Timeless Encounter (manga)
- This movie was released between EP205 and EP206 in Japan.
- This is the last Pokémon movie to feature an audio commentary. It is also the only one to include voice actors Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart, and Maddie Blaustein.
- Sam's hobby of sketching Pokémon is shared with Tracey, who coincidentally becomes his assistant.
- This is the third Pokémon movie to air on Toon Disney in the United States, after Jirachi: Wish Maker and Destiny Deoxys.
- Cyndaquil and Totodile appeared in promotional posters for this movie, but not in the movie itself.
- This is the first movie in which Jessie, James, and Meowth directly assist the main villain.
- Togepi is Misty's only Pokémon to appear in the movie.
- This is the first movie in which a Pokémon evolves (Metapod into Butterfree).
- This is the first movie in which Team Rocket blast off.
- Meowth refers to the real world when he mistakes the Iron-Masked Marauder for a "Mexican wrestler".
- This is the first movie not to feature talking Pokémon other than Meowth.
- Unlike in the episode The Little Big Horn, Stantler's voice is dubbed in this movie.
- This movie marks the first time that a caught Mythical Pokémon is featured in the anime.
- This is the first movie to keep its Japanese soundtrack in the dub, a practice that would continue until the sixteenth movie.
- The working title for this movie during its production was titled Pokémon 2001.
- In the opening, Ash is shown in his normal clothes when he is receiving Pikachu, instead of his pajamas as depicted in the first episode of the anime.
- When Mr. White is in his flying boat, his gloves disappear. They return in the next scene.
- When Sam runs out of the Lake of Life, his clothes are only wet up to his knees, despite having been in a part of the lake where the water's surface was higher than his waist.
- In one scene, when Celebi is eating a berry, the blue tip of its left antenna is missing.
- When Suicune goes back to the Lake of Life, a nearby Sentret has miscolored ears.
- This movie is the only part of the anime to feature scenes specially animated for Western audiences.
- The first was an alternate scene of Ash calling Professor Oak to find out about Suicune. In the original scene, Professor Oak assumes it is Suicune, shows Ash a picture of it from a book, and talks about it; however, when he attempts to write a Pokémon senryū, Ash's Muk smothers Oak and Tracey apologizes. In the English version, Professor Oak confirms that Suicune is one of the Legendary Pokémon, talks about it, confirms that he has seen it, and confirms that the legends about Suicune being the embodiment of the North Wind and being able to purify tainted water are true. Mr. White then calls to Ash and his friends, and they run off to the boat. The scene then cuts to an exterior shot of Professor Oak's Laboratory in Pallet Town, then cuts to him sitting inside his lab, wondering if he "should have told him" what was going to happen.
- The second scene is when Team Rocket try to grab some fruit while on the Marauder's mech, only to fall off and be left behind.
- The third scene is an alternate ending. The new ending is of Ash calling Professor Oak again, telling him of his adventures in the forest and how sad he was that he would never see his new friend again. Oak assures him that he and Sammy would always be friends, no matter how far apart they are. After the call, Misty wonders aloud how Oak knew Sam's name. In the original, Sam was shown returning to Towa in the past, and he tells her he had been dreaming. In fact, the only clue for the Japanese audience that Sam was actually a young Professor Oak was during the ending credits, when Tracey finds Sam's faded sketch of Celebi and Pikachu sleeping among Professor Oak's belongings (but this causes a small continuity error in the dub, as Tracey finds the sketchbook stashed away among several other old books despite Professor Oak having been shown recently reading it).
- For the director's comments on the English DVD involving the voice talent, they talk about watching the original ending and being completely confused on whether it meant that Oak and Sam were the same person or not. They note that the original is a fairly typical way for a Japanese movie to solve a similar mystery in the storyline. Once they confirmed that Oak and Sam were indeed the same person, they created the new ending to clearly show that they were the same for the English-speaking audiences.
- The addition of the above scene creates a continuity error in the dub, as the scene depicts Ash and his friends already back at the port ready to depart by boat, whereas the very first scene of the ending credits shows them leaving Arborville via Mr. White's flying boat.
- The dub features the prologue (entitled "Ash's Journey") originally made for Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias. The dub version was also released in America as a special feature on the Mewtwo Strikes Back DVD, even before Pokémon Heroes was released in Japan.
- The Croconaw Trainer is unnamed and has no lines in the Japanese version. However, in the dub, he is given the name Dundee and is heard introducing himself to Ash and sending out Croconaw.
- Dundee's Australian accent ensures that this is a reference to the 1986 action-comedy film Crocodile Dundee.
- Iron-Masked Marauder never calls Tyranitar's Hyper Beam by name in the original version.
- When Brock says that it looks like Ash evolved into a Primeape, the Swedish and Portuguese dub mistook it for primate and erroneously translated it, thus making a reference to the real world.
- In the Swedish subtitles, Teddiursa is subbed as Pappa Ursa, as if he says "Daddy Ursa" instead of Teddiursa.
Ash calls Professor Oak
Original Japanese version
Original Japanese version
Additional scenes produced for dubbed English version
"I wonder if I should have told him before he hung up."
Team Rocket fall off the Iron-Masked Marauder's mecha.
In other languages
|| Pergjithmone Pokemon
|| 雪拉比 穿梭時空的相遇
|| 雪拉比 穿梭時空的相遇 *|
雪拉比 穿梭时空的相遇 *
|| Pokémon Zauvijek: Celebi - Glas Šume
|| Pokémon Navždy - Celebi: Hlas Lesa
|| Pokémon 4Ever - Celebi: Skovens Stemme
|| Pokémon 4Ever - Celebi: Stem van het Woud
|| Pokémon 4Ever - Matka aikojen halki*|
Pokémon 4Ever - Celebi: Metsän Ääni*
|| Pokémon 4 : Pour toujours
|| Pokémon 4ever : Célébi, la voix de la forêt
|| Pokémon 4 - Die zeitlose Begegnung
|| Πόκεμον για Πάντα
|| פוקימון לנצח
|| पोकेमोन मूवी - खतरे का जंगल Pokémon Movie - Khatre Ka Jungle *
|| Pokémon 4. - Az Időkapu
|| Pokémon 4 - Að Eilífu
|| Pokémon 4Ever - Celebi, la Voce della Foresta
|| 세레비, 시간을 초월한 만남
|| Nemirtingasis Pokemonas
|| Pokémon for Alltid - Celebi: Skogens Stemme
|| Pokémon: Głos Lasu
|| Pokémon 4: Viajantes do Tempo - Celebi, a Voz da Floresta
|| Pokémon 4: Viajantes do Tempo - Celebi, a Voz da Floresta
|| Покемон Навсегда - Селеби: Голос Леса
|| Pokémon Navždy
|| Latin America
|| Pokémon por Siempre - Celebi: La Voz del Bosque
|| Pokémon 4Ever: Celebi, la Voz del Bosque
|| Pokémon 4Ever - Celebi: Skogens Röst|
Pokémon för alltid - Celebi, skogens röst*
|| போகிமொன் மொவயே - காற்றே க ஜுங்கிலே Pokémon Movie - Khatre Ka Jungle *
|| పోకెమోన్ మూవీ - ఖత్రి క జంగల్ Pokémon Movie - Khatre Ka Jungle *
|| Pokémon Daima! Ormanın Sesi
|| Покемон назавжди: Селебі - Голос лісу