|FernGully: The Last Rainforest|
Theatrical release poster
FernGully: The Last Rainforest is a 1992 Australian-American animated film directed by Bill Kroyer, produced by Peter Faiman and Wayne Young, and written by Jim Cox based on a book of the same name by Diana Young. It is a film with a strong environmental theme. The film features the voice talents of Jonathan Ward as Zak, Samantha Mathis as Crysta, Tim Curry as Hexxus, Robin Williams as Batty Koda, and Christian Slater as Pips.
The film was released in the United States on April 10, 1992 and in Australia on September 17, 1992, and received mixed to positive reviews. In 1998, the film was followed by the direct-to-video sequel, FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue.
A curious fairy girl named Crysta sees a part of the world she has never seen before beyond FernGully, a rainforest near Mount Warning, Australia. She believes humans dwell on Mount Warning, but the wise sprite of the forest and Crysta's motherly figure, Magi Lune, says humans are now extinct, driven away by an attack by Hexxus, the spirit of destruction and all that is toxic to nature, never to return and presumed dead; Hexxus was defeated by the fairies and imprisoned inside a tree. Crysta mentions a black cloud that she saw rising near the mountain, and Magi identifies it as smoke, but dismisses her speculation that the smoke might be Hexxus.
Befriending an uncoordinated and comical fruit bat named Batty Koda who has been experimented on by humans and now has wires and antennas fused into his head, Crysta heads to Mount Warning where she finds dead trees all marked with red aerosol paint crosses, which mark them for cutting. The source of the smoke is the exhaust from a huge tree leveler. She finds male humans, and accidentally shrinks one named Zak in trying to prevent him from being crushed by a tree. Batty swoops in and rescues Zak and Crysta caught in a spider web on that tree.
Zak goes on a wild adventure with Crysta and Batty, dodging a hungry Goanna lizard named Lou, and begins to fall in love with Crysta. Meanwhile, Zak's superiors cut down an enchanted baobab tree that Zak had inadvertently painted an X mark on as he tried to spray a fly bothering him, discovering too late that Hexxus has been released from the tree. Seeking revenge upon the fairies of FernGully for imprisoning him, Hexxus gains power by feeding on the pollution, specifically the energy and smoke produced by the leveler. He manipulates the lumberjacks and their tree leveler into tearing down the rainforest in the direction of the fairies by the next morning.
Eventually, Zak tells the truth about who he his and how the humans are destroying FernGully. The fairies join forces and fuse their powers together, creating a protective tree cage. Magi sacrifices herself, giving her power to the fairies and Zak, leaving Crysta and the other fairies to defeat Hexxus. Zak turns off the leveler, making Hexxus lose all the energy he was gaining from it and disappear, but he soon rips out of the machine as a giant fire-breathing skeleton creature made of oil. Crysta seemingly sacrifices herself like Magi did by allowing Hexxus to devour her completely, and uses her powers from inside him to grow a seed she had with her, imprisoning both Hexxus and the leveler inside a new tree with help from the fairies led by Pips. Soon afterwards, she emerges, unharmed and alive, from a flower. Crysta sadly resizes Zak to normal size and he sets off with his fellow lumberjacks, Tony and Ralph, to try to stop the destruction of the rainforests. Crysta takes Magi's place after finally learning how to control her powers.
- Jonathan Ward as Zak Young
- Samantha Mathis as Crysta
- Tim Curry as Hexxus
- Christian Slater as Pips
- Robin Williams as Batty Koda
- Grace Zabriskie as Magi Lune
- Geoffrey Blake as Ralph
- Robert Pastorelli as Tony
- Cheech Marin as Stump
- Tommy Chong as Root
- Tone Lōc as Goanna
- Townsend Coleman as Knotty
- Neil Ross as the Elder
Originally supposed to be released in November 1991 but the release was delayed to avoid the competition with Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Production time was greatly reduced by the use of computer animation to create elements such as flocks of birds that would have taken much longer to animate traditionally.
The "FernGully" forest depicted in the film was actually based on Australia's rainforests. The cartoonists who worked on the film spent time in the real rainforests to help inspire their drawings.
|FernGully: The Last Rainforest Soundtrack|
|Released||March 31, 1992|
|Produced by|| Thomas Dolby|
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|FernGully: The Last Rainforest - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|1.||"Life Is A Magic Thing"||Johnny Clegg (written by Thomas Dolby)||4:30|
|2.||"Batty Rap"||Robin Williams (written by Thomas Dolby)||2:52|
|3.||"If I'm Gonna Eat Somebody (It Might as Well Be You)"||Tone Lōc||4:01|
|4.||"Toxic Love"||Tim Curry (written by Thomas Dolby)||4:39|
|5.||"Raining Like Magic"||Raffi||3:18|
|6.||"Land Of A Thousand Dances"||Guy||2:58|
|7.||"A Dream Worth Keeping"||Sheena Easton||4:18|
|8.||"Some Other World"||Elton John (written by Elton John and Bruce Roberts)||4:42|
|FernGully: The Last Rainforest - Original Score and Sounds of the Rainforest|
|1.||"Main Theme"||Alan Silvestri||2:24|
|3.||"Magi Lune's Cave"||Alan Silvestri||2:44|
|5.||"Crysta's Journey"||Alan Silvestri||3:00|
|6.||"Rainforest Suite"||Alan Silvestri||1:11|
|7.||"The Leveller"||Alan Silvestri||1:37|
|8.||"Going To Ferngully"||Alan Silvestri||6:59|
|9.||"The Grotto Song"||Alan Silvestri||4:59|
|10.||"I'm Back Medley: Humans Did It All/The Holocaust/Gather Everyone ..."||Alan Silvestri||4:26|
|11.||"The Battle for Old Highrise"||Alan Silvestri||3:30|
|12.||"Remember Everything"||Alan Silvestri||3:00|
|13.||"Spirit Of The Trees"||Alan Silvestri||3:39|
The response for the film from both critics and the public was mixed to positive. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film an approval rating of 69% based on 13 reviews (9 positive, 4 negative). Film critic Roger Ebert gave it three out of four stars, saying the film was visually "very pleasing," told a "useful lesson", "and although the movie is not a masterpiece it's pleasant to watch for its humor and sweetness." The Austin Chronicle added that the film was "funny, pretty, touching, scary, magical stuff." Janet Maslin of The New York Times had an unfavourable impression of the film, describing it as "[a]n uncertain blend of sanctimonious principles and Saturday-morning cartoon aesthetics". FernGully grossed $32,710,894 worldwide, including $24,650,296 from the United States.
- ↑ "Computer Graphics in the production of "FernGully: The Last Rainforest."". ftp.funet.fi. http://ftp.funet.fi/pub/graphics/misc/siggraph/courses92/40. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
- ↑ Rickitt, Richard (2000). Special Effects: The History and Technique. Billboard Books. p. 147. ISBN 0-8230-7733-0Script error.
- ↑ "FernGully: The Last Rainforest - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". moviemusic.com. http://www.moviemusic.com/soundtrack/M00571/ferngully/. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Maslin, Janet (10 April 1992). "Ferngully: the Last Rainforest (1992)". The New York Times. http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9E0CEFD91338F933A25757C0A964958260. Retrieved 2010-04-15.
- ↑ "Ferngully: The Last Rainforest (1992)". Rotten Tomatoes. http://au.rottentomatoes.com/m/ferngully_the_last_rainforest/. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
- ↑ Ebert, Roger (1992-04-10). "Ferngully: The Last Rainforest". Chicago Sun-Times. http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19920410/REVIEWS/204100301/1023. Retrieved 2010-01-14.
- ↑ Chacona, Hollis (1992-04-17). "Ferngully: The Last Rainforest". Austin Chronicle. http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Calendar/Film?Film=oid%3a138826. Retrieved 2010-01-14.
- ↑ "Ferngully: The Last Rainforest". Box Office Mojo. http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=ferngullythelastrainforest.htm. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
- ↑ Schwartzberg, Joel (4 January 2010). "What Did 'Avatar' Borrow from 'FernGully'?". IVillage. http://www.ivillage.com/what-did-avatar-borrow-ferngully/1-e-71746. Retrieved 2010-04-15.
- ↑ Quinn, Karl (17 December 2009). "Don't just watch Avatar, see it". The Age. http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/blogs/the-vulture/dont-just-watch-avatar-see-it/20091216-kx47.html. Retrieved 2010-04-15.
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