Wednesday, September 18, 2013

FernGully: The Last Rainforest

FernGully was always one of my favorite movies as a kid!  It was released in 1992.   It had fairies and animals that talk and magic, and evil humans and evil pollution.  Definitely a "save the trees" kind of movie.  However, as a child themes like saving the trees weren't as apparent.  I have introduced Liam to FernGully and although he wasn't as in love with it as I was a child, he was willing to put up with the entire movie before switching back over to Fireman Sam.  It has a great soundtrack and great voice actors.

FernGully is an Australian-American movie based on a book with the same name by Diana Young.  I have admittedly never read the book, but definitely would like to go do so sometime in the future.  The story is about a girl coming into her magic as a fairy named Christa.  The fairies live in the rainforest and believe that humans are long dead and only "fairy tales."  She is a very curious fairy and goes exploring when she bravely goes above the canopy and sees smoke in the distance.  She goes to investigate and finds a group of loggers that are chopping down trees.  Having never seen humans before she is enthralled and finds herself in danger needing to use her "not quite yet mastered" magic skills and ends up shrinking one of them to her size.  This human is named Zak and she takes him back to FernGully to meet her master instructor "Magu Lu."  That's where the trouble begins as the fairies find themselves in a fight to save the rain forest from being destroyed.

As I said before there is an all-star voice cast to include:
Robin Williams
Christian Slater
Cheech & Chong
Tone Loc
Tim Curry
Samantha Mathis

The soundtrack was pretty great as well.  I would definitely recommend this movie.  It will capture you into the magic of the rainforest.  And it may make you look at the movies Avatar and Epic in new light.  :)

*Robin Williams does a rap in this movie :)  Definitely don't want to miss out on that.

There was a sequel created that I have not yet seen.  I get a little skittish around sequels that come out long after the original film was released.  It was called FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue.  This was released in 1998 and did not have any of the returning voices from the original. 

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