FernGully: The Last Rainforest

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Family favorite features strong environmental message.
  • G
  • 1992
  • 75 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 12 reviews

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

Educational Value

Fun creative songs stress the importance of saving the environment.

Positive Messages

Educational message about the significance of environmental conservation. Musical lyrics about the cruelty of animal testing, the dangers of oil drilling, and the natural food-web chain. Themes include compassion, curiosity, and courage.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Crysta and the other rainforest animals are kind and thoughtful creatures that teach Zak about the environment they live in. Zak is young and naive, but learns a valuable lesson. He goes on to teach other humans about the importance of conservation.

Violence & Scariness

Some scary moments. The oil is a dark blob that comes to life in the form of a monster. It attacks the  foliage and it's inhabitants. Zak pulls a pocket knife on Batty in effort to protect Crysta, but the scene is comical rather than frightening. 

Sexy Stuff

Zak calls Crysta a "bodacious babe." They share a kiss. Fairies wear revealing clothing and Pip gets jealous of Zak and Crysta's evolving friendship. 

Language

Pip uses a pun calling Zak, a "Zag."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that FernGully: The Last Rainforest has some tense and scary moments, though lots of humor takes the edge off. The oil is a dark blob that comes to life in the form of a monster. It attacks the  foliage and it's inhabitants. Zak pulls a pocket knife on Batty in effort to protect Crysta, but the scene is comical rather than frightening. 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byOT mama February 9, 2012

Way too scary!

The "bad guy" is in the form of a shape shifting ghost that appears as a really scary skeleton several times. This movie had some really scary parts... Continue reading
Adult Written byMimi K February 11, 2017

TOXIC LOVE?

As a whole, the movie was great. The story was something that should be addressed with young kids and as an adult i love it. Yet there are points that should be... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMadie.s April 16, 2017

Great!

I think that kids would definitely benefit from watching this movie. When I was little it was one of my favorite movies but I was frightened by the villain. I... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byCarbon Medic July 20, 2018

Disappointing movie with characters that are kind of irritating.

I watched this movie with my sister and it was terrible. The characters were annoying, special mention to Pips. The villain, Hexxus, might be scary for younger... Continue reading

What's the story?

In FERNGULLY: THE LAST RAINFOREST, an evil and destructive spirit named Hexxus (voice of Tim Curry) is imprisoned in a tree by Magi, the leader of the fairies, who believes that all humans have been destroyed. Many years later, as Magi is teaching Crysta, her apprentice (voice of Samantha Mathis), they find that the humans have returned, and are cutting down all the trees. Crysta shrinks one of the humans, a young man named Zak, to save him from being hit by a falling tree, and teaches him about the importance of preserving the forest.

Is it any good?

This movie features an all-star cast and some top-notch animation. Highlights of FernGully: The Last Rainforest include Robin Williams voicing the aptly named "Batty Koda" and gravel-voiced rapper Ton Loc as a Goanna lizard singing "If I'm Goanna Eat Somebody, It Might as Well Be You."

There are some very scary moments, and the magic characters may distract kids from the lesson about environmental conservation, but it does provide a good opportunity for discussions that may help increase sensitivity to environmental concerns.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Ferngully: The Last Rainforest illustrates the importance of conserving the Earth's natural resources, and research the role that trees, and other plants, play in the environment.

  • How do you feel about movies that have a strong message? Does it distract from or enhance the entertainment value?

  • Can you imagine this movie as a live-action film? Who would play the various roles?

  • How do the characters in Ferngully: The Last Rainforest demonstrate compassion, curiosity, and courage? Why are these important character strengths?

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