FernGully: The Last Rainforest

From left to right: Zac (Jonathan Ward) & Crysta (Samantha Mathis)

Crysta, a fairy living in a rainforest called FernGully, has never seen a human before. Until a logging company comes near the rainforest, she believes they are extinct. After accidentally shrinking one of the workers, a boy named Zak, Crysta learns that humans truly do exist, but for what seems is a dark purpose. Now her size, Zak now also sees the damage the company he works for inflicts. Crysta and Zak embark on an adventure to stop not only this company, but an evil entity named Hexxus, who feeds off pollution.

Hexxus (Tim Curry)

In this classic film, perhaps one of my childhood favourites, pollution and destruction are invading Ferngully using a tree cutting machine. The machine cuts down the trees and turns them into lumber while puffing out many harmful gases and polluting the air and the waters with toxic waste. Obviously it is far too evident for me to explain how pollution is a theme in this film.

One of the major problems facing the rainforests today is logging. The rainforest disappears at a rate of 6,000 acres an hour. Oiling, in the rainforests is also another problem. When these oiling companies go into our rainforests they present a threat not only to the environment, but to the people. 

The animators did a lot of their sketches on location in the rain forest, which explains the family pleasing visuals. This film, a story that tells a useful lesson and its amusing jungle inhabitants (particularly Batty Koda, a deranged bat straight out of a biology lab, voiced by beloved actor/comedian, Robin Williams) might not be such a masterpiece, but it is an all around fun film for its humor and sweetness.

Batty Koda (Robin Williams)

4 réflexions au sujet de “FernGully: The Last Rainforest”

  1. I always thought that creating Cartoons movies with theme exposing the world real issues is great and very educational because newspapers, radio or news on TV doesn’t interest a lot of people. plus those are for old folks but us Young generation put our attention to fictive stuffs so why not educate us by using that. we learn more from stuff we enjoy watching or listen too and we are influenced by that to make the right choice and better the world. That movie was really touchy and i enjoy watching it every time. Great Abir!

  2. Hi Abir,
    I agree with fode, I think we should have more animated movies with themes that could help promote environmental activism. Since animated movies are pushed towards kids, it’s a great way to introduce them to the crisis and issues we face today. This could also help future generations to lean towards helping the environment and possibly push them to act faster and more efficiently than us.
    I enjoyed your article btw.

  3. Abir !! I’ve always appreciated your style of writing and your consistently well-chosen article topics. I find it hard to believe I’ve never taken the time to watch this movie 🙁 However, I agree with Fode and Julia in saying that a film such as this one is a very effective way of reaching our youth and speaking up on the topic of real-life issues. You’ve done very well in explaining the very explicitly obvious themes and topics that compose this film. I did a quick search of this movie and found that it was in fact released in 1992 and so it is clear the idea of this kind of education is well rooted. Although we’ve all agreed that film is an effective medium to stress on world issues, do you find that film is enough for the younger generations to understand the severity of pollution and other pressing world crisis?? I would’ve loved to hear about your opinions on the plot and character development as well as the impact this movie had on you. Well done boo :)))

    1. Hey Iman!
      Thanks for the comment, I’m so glad you enjoyed my blog! To answer your question; Yes! I do believe that films could potentially be a major factor in developing an ecological mentality in children and making them more aware of such crisis. However, I do believe that it depends on the type of film! When it comes to children, I believe that children and family movies, especially those like « FernGully » where children are being entertained while having an implicit message being planted – pun intended 😉 – into their thoughts, are very effective mediums to give an idea of what is right and wrong concerning the environment. Though the message is sometimes implicit, when a child sees the evident villain, they grow to feel hate towards that character and feel the need to be better. So, in films like « FernGully », if a child had watched the film, and found themselves in a similar environment (perhaps during a walk in the park, or simply near trees) they would remember the events and characters of this film that made them both sad and excited (the songs and characters in this film are quite original) and would think of the simplest environmental act and perhaps understand what they want to work for.

      Like I said, the type of film is a factor however. If a child were watching a documentary about the environment, they would simply be board and not be able to retain all this didactic information that is not interesting them. The children must feel emotions for the film and what it has to present; hate for the problem and the villain causing it, as well as love for the protagonist.

      Children might not understand that this is truly a problem in the real world, but they will do what they think can prevent it. Thus, when these children grow up, they will understand further and once again feel hatred for such awful things and implore these films that inspired them as well as actions upon others. This is a factor in making future environmentalists!

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