Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest (Fox Video) – 1992

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Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest
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Summary:

Fern Gully is a beautiful rainforest that has remained untouched by humans for a very long time. So long, in fact, that the fairies who live there don’t believe that they really exist – they are just characters in stories. Magi is a wise, elder fairy, who is teaching the younger fairy, Crysta, how to properly use her fairy powers to defend the rainforest. Crysta has a hard time concentrating on her lessons. Batty Koda, the bat arrives in Fern Gully, having escaped a science lab where he was being experimented on. He tries to convince Crysta that humans exist, and they are evil, but Crysta has a hard time believing him. Once it is discovered that humans are approaching Fern Gully, leveling trees for construction, Crysta is both frightened and fascinated. But the humans have destroyed the tree where the fairies had entrapped the evil spirit, Hexxus. Now, Crysta needs to team up with an unlikely partner to save her home: Zak, a human she has accidentally shrunken to fairy size.

Lessons:

It’s never too early for children to start learning about the environment, and this video illustrates pertinent issues in a manner that is easy to understand. Children are introduced to the problem of animal experimentation in a way that is informative, without being frightening to youngsters. Kids learn to appreciate trees – not only do the they provide clean air for everyone, but they also serve as homes for many animals. Pollution is discussed and personified into an evil spirit, that is sure to impress upon a child’s mind. One can easily see how even a place that is completely untouched by human hands can easily become destroyed by pollution and human consumption in a short period of time. Finally, this movie is very empowering, as children realize that no matter how small they are, they have the power to help life along, by having a voice in pollution, and by planting seeds to grow.

(If you have additional ideas on how this film can be used for educational purposes, please let us know in the comments below.)

Quotes:

(first lines)
Magi Lune: (opening narration) Our world was much larger then. The forest went on forever. We tree spirits nurtured the harmony of all living things, but our closest friends were humans. Then, as sometimes happens, the balance of nature shifted. Hexxus, the very spirit of destruction rose up from the bowels of the earth, and rained down his poison. The forest was nearly destroyed, many lives were lost and the humans fled in fear, never to return. Most believe they did not survive. It was only by calling up the magical powers of nature, that I was able to trap Hexxus inside an enchanted tree, and save Fern Gully.

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Magi Lune: There are worlds within worlds, Crysta. Everything in our world is connected by the delicate strands of the web of life, which is a balance between the forces of destruction and the magical forces of creation.

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Magi Lune: For just as every seed holds the power and magic of creation so, too, do you and every other creature in this world.

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Crysta: What are you doing?
Zak: Carving your name. See? C-R-Y-S…
Crysta: No, no, you mustn’t do that! Here.
(puts Zak’s hand on the carving in the tree)
Crysta: Can’t you feel its pain?
Zak:  Its *pain*?
Crysta: Yes!
Batty Koda: Humans can’t feel anything. They’re numb from the brain down.

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Crysta: But how can you live without trees?
Zak: Easy.
Crysta: But trees give life. They make the clouds, the water, the air.
Zak: We have air.
Batty Koda: Yeah, if you don’t mind getting all your minerals in one breath.

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Batty Koda: Nobody cares about me.
Zak: I do you, bat-man.
Batty Koda: You sure?
Zak: I’m positive.
Batty Koda: Only fools are positive.
Zak: Are you sure?
Batty Koda: I’m positive…
(Zak laughs)
Batty Koda: I fell for it! I should have known!

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