FernGully: The Last Rainforest

  • Review Date: May 18, 2003
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1992
  • Running Time: 75 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Family favorite features strong environmental message.
  • Review Date: May 18, 2003
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1992
  • Running Time: 75 minutes

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What parents need to know

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.

Positive role models

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
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

Ferngully features an all-star cast and some top-notch animation. Highlights of the story 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 10, 1992
DVD release date:February 19, 2002
Cast:Christian Slater, Robin Williams, Tim Curry
Director:Bill Kroyer
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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Adult Written bybkubasik December 29, 2009
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
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 this off. I felt really bad subjecting him to this movie.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent Written byOT mama February 9, 2012
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

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 and my extremely brave 6 year old was terrified. I felt awful for showing it to my kids!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Adult Written byHalleSmth December 4, 2011
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

No!

I watched this movie when I was about 7 or 8 and it scarred me for life. The song that Batty sings disturbed me. The subject of animal testing should never be in a children's movie. It was very scary. It depressed me very much. Don't let your child watch this!
What other families should know
Too much violence

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