Happy Throwback Thursday! This weekend, the world will celebrate Earth Day, a day where we can all come together in an effort to protect and preserve the environment, animal habitats, clean air and water and make sure we are taking good care of the only planet we have to live on (for now)! In the spirit of Earth Day, we are dedicating our Throwback Thursday article to a forgotten favorite film which supports this cause.
FernGully: The Last Rainforest was first released in April of 1992. The original animated film actually turned 25 years old this month!
The film follows a woodland fairy named Crysta who has a burning curiosity about the world outside of FernGully, where she lives with her other fairy family members. The fairies have never encountered a human before until Crysta saves the life of a man named Zak by accidentally shrinking him down to fairy-size. Zak is a lumberjack and, along with his work team, they were sent to cut down trees and destroy the forest. On their journey to figure out how to return Zak to regular human-size, he sees the life beyond the trees and begins to learn of the destruction he and his team are causing. Zak, Crysta and their friends all band together to fight the evil Hexxus, a spirit sent to destroy their world.
The film was adapted by Twentieth Century Fox from a book of the same name written by Diana Young 15 years prior to the theatrical release. The animated film features a stellar vocal cast including Tone Loc, Cheech and Chong, Samantha Mathis, Christian Slater, Robin Williams and Tim Curry, just to name a few.
This film is pure nostalgic gold for anyone who grew up in the 80’s or 90’s. Prepare to take a journey to through the magical forest of your childhood and check out the trailers below for FernGully: The Last Rainforest: