YMMV: FernGully: The Last Rainforest


  • Adaptation Displacement: Very few people realize this movie was based on a book by Diana Young.
  • All Animation Is Disney: Tends to fall victim to it quite a bit. Yeah, it does look that good.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Because of his insanity, whenever Batty Koda 'switches channels' he's clearly hallucinating in some form. The 'acid' parts of the "Batty Rap" could be interpreted as him seeing things, hearing voices in his head and speaking to himself.
    • Also Pips in the second film. Supposed to save young animals from poachers? Go off and screw around human culture while the weakest of your gang and a insane (but oddly Only Sane Man) bat go and try do it themselves. This is seen as extremely selfish of Pips but we also see that he simply can't focus on the mission and is distracted by a world he's never seen or thought of before. Admit it, imagine if a human was thrown into a different culture or lifestyle that interested them. That or he has ADD.
  • Anvilicious: Even the Robin Williams character spouts off morals!
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The scene with the goanna singing rather erotically about eating Zak.note 
  • Critical Backlash: Even though the film gets a lot of flack for its Anvilicious Green Aesop, it has a fair amount of fans who enjoyed it as children.
  • Crowning Momentof Heartwarming: After Zak admits that he was helping with the destruction of the rainforest which turns all the fairies against him, Batty - who spent the majority of the film hating humans - seems genuinely touched by Zak's remorse and tells him that he's "Not half bad for a hominid".
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The movie's score, especially when the spirits of the trees are summoned and when the rainforest is restored by the seed of light.
  • Designated Hero: Pips in the DTV sequel.
  • Draco in Leather Pants/Evil Is Cool/Evil Is Sexy: How many fans feel about Hexxus. This is what happens when you make the villain more likable and entertaining than the rest of the cast (and have him voiced by Tim Curry). So much so that it's resulted in an accidental Broken Aesop; Hexxus is so much cooler than all the other characters he actually makes you root against the protagonists, and Toxic Love makes pollution seem so awesome it's probably responsible for spawning an entire generation of future Captain Planet villains.
  • Ear Worm: Pretty much every song in the movie. Toxic Love stands out because of the above trope.
    • A Dream Worth Keeping is a far more unpleasant, though fairly common earworm from the first movie.
    • From the sequel, "Here in FernGully".
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: C'mon, take a wild guess.
  • Ho Yay Shipping: Zak/Pips is a very popular pairing.
  • Idiot Plot: The sequel. There's always something distracting the main characters from their goal (other than Batty, who is the Only Sane Man).
  • Magnificent Bastard: Hexxus, a good example of why you should not make your Anti-Role Model a charismatic character.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Hexxus has a huge following. Just read the comments for "Toxic Love" on YouTube. He even made it to the Pantheon. But this is what happens when you let Tim Curry do speaking and singing parts for your villain character; he just might become an Anti-Role Model.
  • Narm: The kangaroo mother's Skyward Scream in the second movie, where she drops to her knees while surrounded by flames and shouts "MY BAAAAAAABYYYYYYYY!!" The overly dramatic moment comes out of nowhere, and just looks silly with a cartoon kangaroo.
    • Narm Charm: For some, it still manages to be pretty sad.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Hexxus - especially towards the end.
    • Listen to the full version of "Batty Rap" and let your imagination wander as to what Batty Koda must have been through in that lab.
    • "They used and abused me, Battered and bruised me, Red wires green wires stuck em' right through me!"
      • The scene where Batty sings that line about the wires always freaks this troper out. It's only about 5 seconds, but you see the wires glow under his skin, and he's making a motion like he's trying to rip them out (or slash his own wrist.)
      • One line from the uncensored version has a doctor directing people to remove Batty's skull cap. Just what were they doing to him!?
      • The most disturbing thing about the song is that what the scientific study was about is unclear. Several parts imply cosmetic chemical testing, but the wires and several other things imply seemingly pointless mutilation, and one particular line directly states that it was performed by graduate students, with moral objections no less.
    "I don't care what you think you're a graduate student...JUST DO IT!!!"
  • Rooting for the Empire: Many watchers sympathize with Hexxus, who for the record is the incarnation of pollution in a heavily Anvilicious cartoon about how life is precious and pollution evil. He's an abomination whose end game is to kill all life, but that's what you get for casting Tim Curry as your main villain and utterly forgettable main characters otherwise (save for comic relief Batty).
  • Sequelitis: Take a baseline of Ferngully, then add the general degradation afforded to your average direct-to-video sequel, then remove the two things that were at all worthwhile in the first movie (a.k.a the voicework of "Tim Curry" and/or "Robin Williams"), add some horrendously cheesy musical numbers and you have a case of sequelitis with only one sequel.
    • Oh yeah and make one of the least likeable characters in the first film the main character and sideline the heroine of the first movie for most of it. Where can you go wrong with that?
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Okay, so the movie was a little poorly conceived on the whole... but Batty and his rap are generally considered to be a legitimately good message because, in the decade prior to the film's release, a lot of the stuff portrayed in the rap was done to animals in testing (look up the Mary Kay Corporation's history of animal testing sometime - or don't, if you have a weak stomach).
    • Hell, the rap was censored in the theatrical cut because some of it was just too gruesome for a G rating, and it still squicked people out. In the uncensored song you can clearly hear the fairies gasping in horror as Batty tells them what humans have done to him, and his own screams in the background, most likely as memories.
    • FernGully tends to get some credit for inspiring some of the animal rights legislation later in the decade (having the bat voiced by Robin Williams undoubtedly helped).
  • Tear Jerker: Magi Lune's last words before she dies/fades away. Especially how she sounds... so grandmotherly.
    I love you, Crysta...
    • Crysta restoring Zack to his normal size as it's very likely they'll never meet again.
    • Batty's backstory. Poor guy.
    • Crysta and Magi conversing by a tree stump. When Crysta touches it, she looks like she's being burned. Magi comments on how this is beyond her powers and you can tell she's dangerously close to the Despair Event Horizon. When Crysta sees a familiar red stain on what's left of the tree, she flies above the canopy and sees that the wonderful sight from before has been replaced by a post-apocalyptic setting. She then notices some humans carrying what's left of the trees away.
    Crysta:Humans did it...humans did it all.
    • When Zak makes his confession that the humans are destroying the forest and he was helping them. He states that Batty was right about humans and you can see that Batty really did not want to be.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The one thing in the movie that is unanimously agreed to be positive.
  • Ugly Cute: Batty Koda.
  • The Woobie: Batty Koda, especially taking into account the experiments he went through.