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Ferngully… The Last Rainforest

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Profanity:None
Nudity/Sex:None
Alcohol/Drugs:None
Violence/Scariness:Some scary moments
Diversity Issues:None
Movie Release Date:1992
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Profanity: None
Nudity/Sex: None
Alcohol/Drugs: None
Violence/Scariness: Some scary moments
Diversity Issues: None
Movie Release Date: 1992

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.

Highlights include Robin Williams as 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 in increasing sensitivity to environmental concerns.

  • 4 Kings

    first of all, this movie is very scary for preschoolers. The protaganist “hexxus” is like a demon-possessed skeleton that morphs into many menacing shapes and colors. it is nothing like the cute, white “caspar” ghost the pr dept placed on the video cover. perhaps more appropriate for 7-8 year olds.
    secondly, if your family does not care for magic and new-age slogans (creative forces/power within) you might like to avoid this film.
    finally, released in 1992, the environmental message is dated and inaccurate.

  • Nell Minow

    Thanks, 4 Kings. Some of the age recommendations were incorrectly entered when the reviews switched over and I will fix that.

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