FernGully ... the Last Rainforest
Crysta (Samantha Mathis) is a fairy who lives in FernGully, a rainforest in Australia, and has never seen a human before. In fact, she is told they are extinct. But when a logging company comes near the rainforest, she sees that they do exist, and even accidentally shrinks one of them: a boy named Zak (Jonathan Ward). Now her size, Zak sees the damage that the company does and helps Crysta to stop not only them, but an evil entity named Hexxus (Tim Curry), who feeds off pollution.
Writer: Diana Young, Jim Cox
Director: Bill Kroyer
Producer: Peter Faiman, Wayne Young, Robert W. Cort, Ted Field
Cast: Christian Slater, Grace Zabriskie, Jonathan Ward, Cheech Marin, Robin Williams, Robert Pastorelli, Tim Curry, Geoffrey Blake, Tommy Chong, Samantha Mathis
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FernGully is a colorful, lively, extremely 'politically correct' animated feature pitting the elfin creatures of the wild against the rapacious monsters who would destroy their habitat. Drawn in brilliantly verdant colors immediately inviting the viewer into a special world, FernGully is certainly simple enough for any youngster to understand, yet is sufficiently hip around the edges to contain the sap.Click here to read the full review
"FernGully: The Last Rainforest" is an animated feature with political agenda -- a didactic cartoon. But that doesn't interfere with its being a whopping good time. The message here is a simple one -- an evil is being done to the natural wonders of the world, namely the rain forests -- and it's dealt with in simplistic, kiddie terms. All that's needed is a little magic and faith in the miracles of creation.Click here to read the full review
"FernGully: The Last Rainforest" sounds as though its environmentally correct message will fall upon you like a heavy rubber tree. But "FernGully" is neither weighty nor whiny. It sings its message unobtrusively through -- and for -- the trees. And most importantly, it never forgets to be delightful, for children and their moviegoing guardians.Click here to read the full review
The main characters are disappointingly ordinary, with the exotic Crysta sounding very much like someone who spends time at the mall. And even the film's more stellar-sounding touches, like the voices supplied by Christian Slater, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, or the songs by Elton John, Jimmy Webb and Jimmy Buffett, among others, tend to get lost. Even Raffi, a musical superstar for this film's small viewers, is heard only briefly before his music fades away.Click here to read the full review
Sufficiently entertaining - as long as the adults are ready for a post-movie conversation about the realities of tough environment versus development questions.Click here to read the full review
The story tells a useful lesson, the jungle inhabitants are amusing, and although the movie is not a masterpiece it's pleasant to watch for its humor and sweetness. Kids may like it.Click here to read the full review
Parents need to know that this movie has some tense and scary moments, though lots of humor takes the edge off. The movie promotes a strong environmental and conservation message, along with an anti-animal testing message, though kids might not catch all the lessons thanks to the distraction of the magical creatures and jolly songs.Click here to read the full review
I grew up watching this so I'll say it's worth your time, but overall, there are better animated films out there and the sludge monster might scare some little kids.August 22nd, 2012 · Details
It's hard to complain about an animated feature that is environmentally correct and boasts gorgeous animation, a zippy pop-song score and Robin Williams as the voice of a looney bat (obviously ad-libbing outrageously). "FernGully: The Last Rainforest" has made some savvy choices, and while it's no "Beauty and the Beast," it's an entertaining cartoon feature that kids will enjoy and parents won't mind. Whether "FernGully" will make any serious box-office dent remains to be seen, of course. Theaters are surprisingly full of competitive movies at the moment, though this is traditionally a time when there is a dearth of product. There's even another animated feature out there, "Rock-A-Doodle." But "FernGully" has much to recommend, with its fantasy yarn about fairies and tree spirits and all manner of odd creatures populating a rain forest that is threatened by humans who are chopping down trees. The focus is on a young apprentice fairy named Crysta (voice of Samantha Mathis), who is a bit too much like Ariel in "The Little Mermaid." Crysta yearns to leave her forest paradise and see the human world she's immensely curious about humans. Eventually, she gets her wish when she ventures outside and encounters a young logger, whom she shrinks down to her size and whose aid she enlists to do battle with the evil, tree-chopping Hexxus (Tim Curry). She helps the logger see the error of his ways, of course, and with the aid of several friends, including Batty (Williams), a pair of biker fairies called the Beetle Boys (Cheech & Chong) and others, she manages to save the day. There's nothing revolutionary here, but "FernGully" is well-intentioned, very well-made and Williams has a field day, handily stealing the show.April 10th, 1992 · Details