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July 17, 2017
Animation is okay, voice acting is melodramatic. Great message, but became repetitive after a while. Like we get it, cutting down trees is bad.
June 4, 2017
I loved Ferngully as a kid, but the movie was hard to come-by. It wasn't a Disney or Pixar film, so it kind of faded (and the awful sequel didn't help.) So, for my first movie on this journey, I though I would revisit an old favorite.


This was a movie that was made by the side characters. Batty is the best by far (thank you Robin Williams RIP), he's the one with most personality, the most inflection in his mannerisms, and the deepest backstory. Pips, despite his lack of significant backstory is at least interesting to watch. He's more level headed than the rest and had some hilarious facial expressions. And then you have the two leads Crystal and Zack. These two are where the movie falls flat. They don't have much personality other than the latter being naive and a bit inept, while the former's main personality traits are human and an excessive representation of 90s youth culture.The villain is another stand out, despite not getting a huge amount of screen time; and while he has the evil trait, he's not a fleshed out as I would have liked, what makes the character is Tim Curry's voice acting.

Voice acting:

Which brings us to our next topic. Batty and Hexxus were incredibly well voiced and largely make the up the appeal of the movie for me. Pips voice actor (which I believe is Christian Slater), did a pretty good job, given his limited lines. Zack was more unremarkable. Although,there was notable difficulties around this one scene where Zack was teaching Crystal slang, but I would chalk that up to more of a poorly written scene than the actor's abilities. And Finally Crystal, she seemed to just have roughly the same inflection in her voice the entire movie. It was really hard to get any real emotional read from the character, barring one or two scenes, because her tone didn't really change throughout. Maybe the voice actress was skilled, but up against Tim Curry and Robin Williams, she was a poor choice.


The animation was pretty good overall. The shift between the idyllic Ferngully and the destroyed forest was well done and definitely had a sense of doom. It did suffer from a 90s style animation. I don't really know how to describe that other than it was basically what you expected to see on Saturday morning cartoons in the 90s. I found it charming, but the movie didn't age quite as well because of it.


The meat of the story is a big environmentalist narrative (which I like). Hexxus was trapped, humans (while destroying the rain forest) set him free, through shenanigans a human ends up tiny and in Ferngully, human learns the beauty of nature and the severity of what humans have done, fairies defeat Hexxus through the power of nature. Now, I didn't mind this narrative, most of the movie is handled well and conveys this message without detracting from the storytelling aspect of the film. However, the whole romance between Crystal and Zack is so ham-handed that the middle third of the movie is just bad. The romance has a touch of a love triangle to it, which is never fully explored. Also, there is no real chemistry between the characters, at least to me. Disney has the love at first sight thing perfected, so maybe I'm spoiled and just can't appreciate what was done. The whole middle third just didn't work for me.


The music was mostly average. Not good, but not spectacular. The two stand-outs were, of course, Batty's Rap and Toxic Love (the villain song). Both well done, catchy, and in the case of Toxic Love, with a weirdly sensual edge to it. Regardless of whether you watch the movie, I would highly recommend giving those songs a listen.


I like the environmentalist message and the story was nice enough. However, I don't see myself watching this movie again. I'd rather watch compilations of Batty and Hexxus. If you've never seen the movie, I think it's worth a try, but if you watched it when you were younger, a Batty compilation will probably highlight the best moments for you.
½ June 2, 2017
Great movie from my childhood, even more meaningful because of Robin Williams. Hexus is still kind of scary. Also, a really quotable movie.
December 25, 2016
Agreeable family fluff that has a pro-nature message. On Blu-Ray.
December 14, 2016
this movie bring back so much great childhood memories, just wish my daughter could watch it
½ November 19, 2016
This movie makes Chicken Little look like the Mona Lisa. And I loved Chicken Little when I was about 9 or below. But this movie makes it terrible. I met to give this 0 stars, but I don't know how. The colors look like puke, the jokes are lame, their lips doesn't match what they're saying, and the voices are anoyying!
November 10, 2016
Temática relevante e cenários lindos que mereciam um roteiro melhor.
July 12, 2016
Loved it When I was a kid. I gave a lot of wondering to how the music was powerful and what the story is. It is good to the environment.
½ June 4, 2016
This was a little decent, if the message wasn't hammered in so much!
½ April 10, 2016
Saw this around the time it first came out and decided to watch it again to catch Robin Williams' work, who is good but used sparingly. The film has a good message, but the story just didn't keep me interested. Tim Curry was a standout. Can't recommend this one.
February 12, 2016
Probablemente sea Hexxus el villano más espantoso de la animación, es sencillamente espeluznante!!! con relación más a este largometraje, creo que las múltiples versiones posteriores acercan cada día más a pensar la obra maestra que las personas pudieron disfrutar a comienzos de los años '90.
January 23, 2016
It's wasn't that bad. Sure we all hate pretentious environmental movies, but this had some good moments. It had kind of relatable characters, a good moral, couple funny bits, and an awesome Tim Curry villain. Sure a lot of weird crap and eye rollers, and of course cliche predictability, but it could have been worse.
November 2, 2015
One my favorite movies. Great message and good voice overs. Has aged very well.
November 1, 2015
One of my all-time favourites from childhood. Pretty animation (especially for the era), wonderful songs, Robin Williams as Batty Koda, Tim Curry as Hexxus... so much awesome! In my mind this story is the original Avatar.
August 25, 2015
Unsubtle, but not overly preachy eco-propaganda for the kids (which is a good thing - damn kids need to learn some serious pro-environmental beliefs before we all die from hubris).
Hands-down, the best aspect of it is the antagonist - some sort of sentient pollution entity appearing to be constituted of crude oil and exhaust smoke. It's just a pity the rest of the film wasn't as inspired, relying far too much on the usual structure of storytelling for animation, making it pretty dull in latter parts (especially in the overly magical deus ex machina aspects).
½ August 1, 2015
It looked like some kind of flying rat!

A group of fairies live in a portion of the rainforest known as Fern Gully. A group of humans are cutting their way through the forest threatening Fern Gully. A curious fairy encounters a human and accidentally shrinks him to her level. The two learn more and more about each other and quickly discovering some educating needs to happen on both sides quick or Fern Gully may be done for.

"Humans can't feel anything; they're numb from the brain down."

Bill Kroyer, director of three short films, delivers Fern Gully in his lone directorial feature film. The storyline for this picture is interesting and well done. I thought the plot was interesting. The animation style is nothing special and two dimensional. The voices fit the characters well and include Christain Slater, Robin Williams, Tim Curry, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Tone Loc, and Samantha Mathis.

"Am I dead?"
"We could fix that for you."

Fern Gully is a film I came across on Netflix and added to my wish list to watch with my daughter. We both loved it and were glued to it from beginning to end. I thought the fairies were well done and the plot unfolds well. This is a worthwhile addition to the genre.

"There's a little man on the windshield here."

Grade: B-
½ June 28, 2015
Great message for kids
½ May 27, 2015
this movie is awful, it made no money no sense, it's fucking shit
May 18, 2015
Ferngully is a beautiful movie. I saw it as a child and fell in love with it. As an adult I still love it.
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