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FernGully: The Last Rainforest

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

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. 


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

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bybkubasik December 29, 2009
My 4 year old was terrified during some of the scary parts. There is a scene where the fairy is shown nearly entering the blades of a sawmill. I had to turn t... Continue reading
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
Kid, 12 years old April 26, 2011

Educational fairy filled Disney classic

Fantastic Disney adventure contains one or two midly scary moments.
Kid, 7 years old April 8, 2012

Fern Gully good for second graders and up

I really liked Fern Gully when I saw it in my 2nd grade class. It has a tiny bit of violence. I would say no younger than 7 years old because there is a scary... 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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