FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue



Sequel lacks the star-power and wit of first film.
  • Review Date: September 11, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 75 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Violence & scariness

Poachers kidnap baby animals and set fire to the rainforest.

Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that in this movie, poachers kidnap baby animals and set fire to a rainforest. The film conveys pro-conservationist and anti-animal testing messages.

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 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 that included Robin Williams. 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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 17, 1998
DVD release date:March 17, 1998
Cast:Erik Bergmann, Holly Conner, Laura Erlich
Directors:Dave Marshall, Phil Robinson
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Wild animals
Run time:75 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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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 great (Robin Williams' played Batty) Now, oh.. my.. goodness... All of the voices are changed, it all looked like a rushed through cartoon, the animals look like loony toons. The characters attitudes were changed as well. When you leave behind Robin Williums, you leave out PROGRESS!!!! Man, I got so sick, I just.. couldn't finish it.
Parent Written byFartinHarryPotter July 21, 2011

were they on drugs when they made this?

"When you leave behind Rob Willson, you leave out PROGRESS!!!!" ^This.
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
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