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FernGully: The Last Rainforest Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Family favorite features strong environmental message.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some tense and scary moments, though lots of humor takes the edge off. The movie promotes a strong environmental and conservation message, along with an anti-animal testing message, though kids might not catch all the lessons thanks to the distraction of the magical creatures and jolly songs.

  • Families can talk about the importance of conserving the Earth's natural resources, and research the role that trees, and other plants, play in the environment. How do you feel about movies that have a strong message? Does it distract from or enhance the entertainment value?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true2

    Educational value: Fun creative songs stress the importance of saving the environment.

  • message true3

    Messages: Educational message about the significance of environmental conservation. Musical lyrics about the cruelty of animal testing, the dangers of oil drilling, and the natural food-web chain.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Crysta and the other rainforest animals are kind and thoughtful creatures that teach Zak about the environment they live in. Zak is young and naive, but learns a valuable lesson. He goes on to teach other humans about the importance of conservation.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: Some scary moments. The oil is a dark blob that comes to life in the form of a monster. It attacks the  foliage and it's inhabitants. Zak pulls a pocket knife on Batty in effort to protect Crysta, but the scene is comical rather than frightening. 

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Zak calls Crysta a "bodacious babe." They share a kiss. Fairies wear revealing clothing and Pip gets jealous of Zak and Crysta's evolving friendship. 

  • language false1

    Language: Pip uses a pun calling Zak, a "Zag."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue