Welcome to 90 from the ‘90s; the movie-related post in which I watch, discuss and debate a film from the 1990s – a film that I’ve NEVER SEEN. Posting on a semi-regular basis, I aim to work my way through 90 movies that I’ve previously missed/avoided, recording my thoughts along the way.

I’m going to watch good films, bad films, forgotten classics, Oscar winners and everything in between. Some of these films you’ll be surprised I’ve never seen, others you’ll completely understand why I’ve avoided them for 20+ years.

The rules are as follows:

  • The film must be from the 1990s (1990-1999)
  • The film must be a movie I’ve not watched before

Earlier today I watched Free Willy (1993). Today’s second unseen ‘90s movie is…

FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)

I have no idea why I’ve never seen FernGully: The Last Rainforest. When it was released back in 1992 I would have been around the age of 10/11 years old – the right(ish) age for this film – yet I never watched it.

Perhaps it didn’t appeal.

Maybe it was because 1992 was the year I was MASSIVELY into Batman (Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Returns etc) and a film about fairies and woodland creatures was not what I was after.

To be honest, I’m not sure.

As the years have rolled on by, I’ve simply never bothered to seek out FernGully: The Last Rainforest.

BUT…

*Double checks TV guide*

…it’s on TV today on Film 4!

So, what do I actually know about FernGully?

I know FernGully features the vocal talents of Tim Curry, Robin Williams and Samantha Mathis (and possibly Christian Slater). I also know it has an environmental slant to the story.

*Clicks the play button*

3mins – A nice little musical number to start the movie off. Oooh… I’m feeling the beat of the music. I’d be shaking my hips if it wasn’t for the fact I can’t be bothered to get off the sofa. I’ll tap my fingers instead.

7mins – Samantha Mathis voices a fairy in this movie. Fairy Samantha Mathis is learning about the world around her.

9mins 30secs – Marvellous – Robin Williams has just turned up (voicing a bat). I’m getting a great deal of Genie vibes from this bat. In fact, this film was released the same year as Disney’s Aladdin (1992).

12mins – Another musical number and this time led by Robin Williams. AWESOME!

17mins – Seventeen minutes into this movie and FernGully‘s message is thus: ‘Humans can be real poop-heads at times!’ A fair message. If this movie was in development today, the studio could save itself a lot of money by just directing people to Twitter so they can work the poop-head thing out for themselves.

22mins – Fairy Samantha Mathis has just shrunk a human down to… erm… fairy size. I have no idea who is voicing this mini-human. I’ll have to Google it.

23mins 30secs – No time to worry about that, it’s time for another musical number!

25mins – Musical number over. Time to find out who is voicing the mini-human…

*Looks up the details online*

Jonathan Ward.

Erm… I don’t know who that is.

32mins – Yay – Tim Curry has just turned up. He’s voicing some kind of pollution/sludge-spirit thing. He kind of looks like the Venom symbiote from Spider-Man.

33mins – And now he’s transforming into a sort-of human, while performing another musical number!

36mins – Yet more music.

40mins – A great little exchange here…

“Only fools are positive.”

“Are you sure?”

“I’m positive.”

43mins – Another musical number! You’d think with all these songs I’d be fed up by now, but I’m not. Keep ’em coming.

46mins – The film has segued into another musical number (a love theme). It’s delightful (very ’90s) and provides Fairy Samantha Mathis and Mini-human Jonathan Ward with the perfect opportunity to fall for each other.

52mins – A bit of drama now, to get in the way of the love – Fairy Samantha Mathis has just discovered that Mini-human Jonathan Ward and his human pals have been destroying the rainforest. She’s more than a little peeved. Well, you would be, wouldn’t you?

1hr – There’s around 15 minutes left in this film and I’m into the final act – Tim Curry versus the fairy folk! It all seems very epic, but it’s a relatively small battle when you think about it. However, this is a battle for the planet!

1hr 4mins – Tim Curry is getting very scary now…

Image: ©20th Century Fox

1hr 5mins – And now he’s just been swallowed up & sealed inside a tree. #Brutal.

1hr 6mins – The threat of Tim Curry is over. Hurrah! But the threat of humanity remains. Boo!

1hr 10mins – As with Free Willy, FernGully ends with a disclaimer: “For our children and our children’s children.” A great sentiment – it’s just a shame that in 2019 people are still choosing to ignore this message. Bugger.

1hr 11mins – An Elton John song to play out over the end credits. Yeah, I don’t remember this song at all. Maybe they could have picked one of Elton’s better songs.

*Clicks stop*

What a great little movie that was.

FernGully: The Last Rainforest boasts decent animation, fun characters, an enjoyable selection of songs, a brilliant turn from Robin Williams, a sinister bad guy in Tim Curry and an important environmental message. What’s not to like?

Perfect for kids, watchable for adults – the ideal film to watch on a cold, grey Saturday afternoon. How has it taken me this long to watch?

I’d watch that again.

For past entries in the 90 from the ’90s series, check out: Free Willy (1993), The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)Air Bud (1997)Robin Hood (1991)Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999)Hercules and Xena: The Battle for Mount Olympus (1998)Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (1993)Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)F/X2: The Deadly Art of Illusion (1991)Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)Showgirls (1995)American History X (1998)North (1994)Jack Frost (1998)Psycho (1998)A League of Their Own (1992)Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)Patch Adams (1998)My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)You’ve Got Mail (1998)Sleepless in Seattle (1993)Graveyard Shift (1990)Johnny Mnemonic (1995)Striptease (1996) Indecent Proposal (1993)My Girl 2 (1994)The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)Poison Ivy (1996)Body of Evidence (1993)Turbulence (1997)Fatal Instinct (1993)True Romance (1993)Newsies (1992)Contact (1997)The Pelican Brief (1993)Natural Born Killers (1994)Shakespeare in Love (1998)A Perfect Murder (1998)Quigley Down Under (1990)Of Mice and Men (1992),Friday (1995)Mannequin on the Move (1991)She’s All That (1999)Double Dragon (1994)Stay Tuned (1992)Murder at 1600 (1997),Weekend at Bernie’s II (1993)My Own Private Idaho (1991)Wagons East (1994)In the Line of Fire (1993)Postcards from the Edge (1990)Universal Soldier (1992)Passenger 57 (1992)Mo’ Better Blues (1990)The Client (1994)Good Will Hunting (1997)Pump Up the Volume (1990)Mr. Nanny (1993) Fargo (1996)Hudson Hawk (1991)So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993) and Timecop (1994).