FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue

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Bland sequel lacks original's star power; some peril.
  • G
  • 1998
  • 75 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Could spark an interest in the rainforest. The fairies and animals in the rainforest care passionately for the environment.

Positive Messages

The film features pro-conservation and anti-animal testing messages. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

While there are no individual role models who stand out in this movie, a love of the rainforest and nature is shown through actions and discussion in all the protagonist characters. 

Violence & Scariness

Poachers kidnap baby animals and set fire to the rainforest. Animals are thrown in cages; one ends up sinking in water while in a cage. Cartoon violence and peril -- a young girl nearly falls off a cliff. One of the bad humans whips his dogs. 

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue is a 1998 animated feature in which creatures from the rainforest venture into human civilization to rescue their animal friends from the poachers who have captured them. Poachers kidnap baby animals and set fire to a rainforest. The poachers violently throw the animals into cages, and violently club their dogs into submission. The film conveys pro-conservationist and anti-animal testing messages. The fairies and animals in the rainforest care passionately for the environment, and this comes through in song and example. It's worth mentioning that this was a direct-to-video sequel that has none of the star voices that were in the original, 1992's FernGully: The Last Rainforest. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byFartinHarryPotter July 21, 2011

were they on drugs when they made this?

"When you leave behind Rob Willson, you leave out PROGRESS!!!!"
Adult Written bycallofduty5 May 3, 2010

not so sequel :L

Great movie,Great atmosphere, its not superior as first one but still a worth to watch :3
Teen, 14 years old Written byMochiWolf March 17, 2018

Good, but...

I didn't think I was going to like this movie, but...it was actually decent. The plot is good, the baby animals are ADORABLE, and the music is good. My onl... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byEspumaMarina September 23, 2010


Oh my gosh, I couldn't even finish it- it was such a disgrace. I mean, in the old movie, the plants looked real, the animals looked real, the voices were g... Continue reading

What's the story?

The cuddly creatures from the animated hit FernGully: The Last Rainforest return for more environmental swashbuckling in this direct-to-video sequel. In FERNGULLY 2, two poachers set fire to the rainforest and capture three baby animals who are under the care of a fairy named Crysta. Crysta's boyfriend, Pips, goes into town to rescue the babies, accompanied by a bat named Batty Koda and a group of insects called The Beetle Boys.

Is it any good?

This sequel was produced on a more modest scale than the original, and unfortunately lacks Robin Williams's and Tim Curry's verbal antics. Without Williams's wit and a villain whom kids love to hate, the sequel will seem bland to sophisticated older kids. However, younger kids should enjoy watching the cute rainforest dwellers thwart some greedy poachers. FernGully: The Last Rainforest offered top-notch animation and a celebrity voice-cast. This sequel is a pleasant if uninspired follow-up to that critical and commercial success. It contains some visual treats, even though the animation is comparatively simple.

Fortunately, younger kids will probably not notice the shortcomings of the cast. Instead, they'll delight in the heroic adventures of the rainforest creatures, including iguanas, kangaroos, and wombats. The movie places these animals in lush rainforest backgrounds with bright, eye-catching colors. The artwork conveys a deep appreciation of nature.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about sequels. Were you inspired to watch this sequel because you enjoyed the first movie so much? Did it live up to your expectations? Why do sequels, especially cartoon sequels, so often disappoint?

  • These movies were based on published stories. What would be the challenges in adapting stories into film? 

  • How does the movie convey its pro-environment message? 

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