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The Green Life: Movie Review Friday: FernGully: The Last Rainforest

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April 03, 2009

Movie Review Friday: FernGully: The Last Rainforest

Escape to the movies with one of our Movie Review Friday selections. Each week we review a film with an environmental theme that’s currently in theaters or available on DVD. Seen a good eco-flick lately? Send us a review of 100 or fewer words and look for it in the next Movie Review Friday.

FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
Available on DVD

Close to Mt. Warning, Australia is a natural oasis called FernGully. Fairies live there. But its serenity is in danger. Crysta, a young, mischievous fairy who has trouble controlling her powers, discovers humans living on a nearby mountain.

The other fairies don't believe her, so she enlists the help of a new friend, Batty (Robin Williams), a fruit bat who escaped from a human laboratory and is now equipped with antennae and wires, to go find them. After accidentally shrinking a human named Zak, Crysta returns to Fern Gully and convinces the other fairies that she was right.

But was it in time? The humans cut down an enchanted baobab tree that releases Hexxus (Tim Curry), an evil spirit who feeds off destruction and pollution. Crysta, Batty, and the rest of the fairies must now battle him and the destructive humans to save their beautiful home.

While you watch the animated tale play out, listen, too, for the voices of Christian Slater and Cheech and Chong. FernGully is based on the eponymous book by Diana Young.

--Lara Loewenstein

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