Ferngully: The Last Rainforest

Ferngully: The Last Rainforest

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Director: Bill Kroyer

Cast: Bill Kroyer, Tim Curry, Robin Williams, Samantha Mathis

     
 

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Bill Kroyer's ecologically themed feature-length animated film FernGully: The Last Rainforest comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame transfer. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both DolbySee more details below

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Bill Kroyer's ecologically themed feature-length animated film FernGully: The Last Rainforest comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame transfer. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack has also been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a theatrical trailer. This is a solid family-friendly release from 20th Century Fox.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Nature calls in Ferngully: the Last Rainforest, one of the best of the non-Disney animated features of the 1990s. Based on the Ferngully stories by Australian writer Dian Young, and directed by Disney-trained animator Bill Kryor, Ferngully is set in a magical world within the rainforest, where dwells a race of winged tree fairies who are responsible for nurturing “the harmony of all living things.” Crysta, the most fetching fairy since Tinkerbell, defies orders to not fly above the treetops. Much to her amazement, she discovers that humans are far from extinct, as she had been led to believe. They are, in fact, poised to strip-mine Ferngully and obliterate any vegetation standing in the path of a massive tree-clearing machine called the Leveler. Crysta is compelled to save one of the humans, Zak (Jonathan Ward), from a falling tree by shrinking him down to fairy size. From this new perspective, he gets a change of attitude about the forest he was thoughtlessly destroying. The stellar voice cast includes a pre-Aladdin Robin Williams as the aptly named Batty, a scramble-brained fugitive from a science testing lab (giving Williams wide license to riff). Tim Curry gets down with his bad self as Hexxus, a demon spirit of pollution unwittingly liberated by the humans (his song, “Toxic Love,” is a stylized animated tour de force). The Jimmy Buffet-penned food chain anthem, “If I’m Gonna Eat Somebody (It Might as Well Be You”), is sung by a striped lizard voiced by Tone Loc. Christian Slater is the voice of Pips, Crysta’s fairy boyfriend, who gets unexpected competition from Zak for Crysta’s affections. The Family Fun Edition is a two-disc set geared both to children and to animation buffs, with games and music videos as well as “making of” segments, audio commentary, and script-to-screen comparisons. Ferngully is an ever-timely ecological fable. It’s ironic, though, that the traditional cel-animating process used to produce it is now as endangered as the rainforest.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2002
UPC:
0024543032977
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
G
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:20:00

Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Interactive menus; Scene selections; Both anamorphic widescreen [aspect ratio 1.85:1] and Pan & Scan versions; Audio: English 5.1 Dolby surround, English Dolby surround, French Dolby surround; Subtitles: English, Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Curry Hexxus
Robin Williams Batty Koda
Samantha Mathis Crysta
Christian Slater Pips
Jonathan Ward Zak
Grace Zabriskie Magi Lune
Geoffrey Blake Ralph
Robert Pastorelli Tony
Cheech Marin Stump
Tommy Chong Root
Anthony Smith The Goanna
Townsend Coleman Knotty
Brian Cummings Ock
Kathleen Freeman Edler
Janet Gilmore Fairy
Naomi Lewis Elder #2
Danny Mann Ash
Neil Ross 3rd Elder
Pamela Segall Fairy
Anderson Wong Rock
Lauri Hendler Voice Only
Rosanna Huffman Voice Only
Harvey Jason Voice Only
Dave Mallow Voice Only
Holly Ryan Voice Only
Gary Schwartz Voice Only
Paige Pollack Voice Only

Technical Credits
Bill Kroyer Director
Bibo Bergeron Animator
Charles Bonifacio Animator
David Bowers Animator
John Laurence Collins Animator
Robert W. Cort Executive Producer
Jesse Cosio Animator
Jim Cox Co-producer,Screenwriter
Brian Cox Producer
Ralph Eggleston Art Director
Peter Faiman Producer
Ted Field Executive Producer
Richard Harper Co-producer
Victoria Jenson Production Designer
Marci Liroff Casting
Becky Mancuso Musical Direction/Supervision
Matthew Perry Consultant/advisor
Brian Rosen Co-producer
Timothy R. Sexton Musical Direction/Supervision
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Wayne Young Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selection
1. Magi's Secrets (Titles) [3:17]
2. "Life Is a Magic Thing" [1:30]
3. Above the Canopy [1:45]
4. The Web of Life [2:37]
5. Batty Koda [2:15]
6. Batty Rap [3:19]
7. The Painted Trees [:31]
8. Fairy Size [3:36]
9. "If I'm Gonna Eat Someone (It Might as Well Be You)" [4:32]
10. Hexxus [3:30]
11. Taking Over [2:36]
12. Toxic Love [1:18]
13. Communicating [1:58]
14. A Human in FernGully [2:53]
15. "Land of 1000 Dances" [3:40]
16. "A Dream Worth Keeping" [3:32]
17. An Unnatural Force [1:22]
18. The Powers of Nature [1:24]
19. Hexxus Attacks [3:14]
20. Stopping the Leveler [4:26]
21. Crysta's New Power [4:30]
22. Going Back [1:50]
23. New Life [3:37]
24. End Titles [2:24]
Side #2 -- Standard
0. Scene Selection
1. Magi's Secrets (Titles) [3:17]
2. "Life Is a Magic Thing" [1:27]
3. Above the Canopy [1:48]
4. The Web of Life [2:37]
5. Batty Koda [2:15]
6. Batty Rap [3:19]
7. The Painted Trees [:31]
8. Fairy Size [3:36]
9. "If I'm Gonna Eat Somebody (It Might as Well Be You)" [4:32]
10. Hexxus [3:30]
11. Taking Over [2:36]
12. Toxic Love [1:18]
13. Communicating [1:58]
14. A Human in FernGully [2:53]
15. "Land of 1000 Dances" [3:40]
16. "A Dream Worth Keeping" [3:32]
17. An Unnatural Force [1:22]
18. The Powers of Nature [1:24]
19. Hexxus Attacks [3:14]
20. Stopping the Leveler [4:26]
21. Crysta's New Power [4:30]
22. Going Back [1:50]
23. New Life [3:37]
24. End Titles [2:24]

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