Bill Kroyer’s 1992 animated musical fantasy ‘Fern Gulley: The Last Rainforest’ is going to get a new home video release for its thirtieth anniversary with a Blu-ray DVD to celebrate. The box set promises a host of special features including coloring sheets, music videos, and never seen character designs and animation tests.
“Celebrate thirty years of magic in FernGully: The Last Rainforest, out on Blu-ray + DVD August 23rd,” Shout Factory said on their website. “Deep in the heart of the forest awaits a paradise filled with tiny sprites, winged fairies, tree spirits, and all kinds of animals who live together in joyful harmony. But when their home is threatened by humans, one courageous sprite must give her all to save it!”
They added, “Let your child’s imagination run wild with our coloring sheets featuring fauna and flora from the rainforest, provided in partnership with the Rainforest Alliance.”
The movie features an ensemble cast including Robin Williams, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Tim Curry, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, and Tone Loc.
Amazon lists the bonus features on the pre-order page:
- Introduction with Director Bill Kroyer, Including Never-Before-Seen Pencil, Character and Animation Tests
- Audio Commentary with Bill Kroyer, Art Director Ralph Eggleston and Coordinating Art Director Susan Kroyer
- Seed of the Story Script-to-Screen Comparison with Optional Commentary by Screenwriter Jim Cox
- From Paper to Tree Making-Of Featurette
- Behind The Voice: Toxic Love Multi-Angle Scene Study
- Original Featurette
- If I’m Gonna Eat Somebody (It Might As Well Be You) Music Video
- Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots
The film has been described as “iconic” for its place in cinema history as well as being the first animated role Robin Williams took as Batty Koda.
You can watch the trailer below:
Rotten Tomatoes describes the plot synopsis as follows,
“Crysta (Samantha Mathis) is a fairy who lives in FernGully, a rainforest in Australia, and has never seen a human before. In fact, she is told they are extinct. But when a logging company comes near the rainforest, she sees that they do exist, and even accidentally shrinks one of them: a boy named Zak (Jonathan Ward). Now her size, Zak sees the damage that the company does and helps Crysta to stop not only them, but an evil entity named Hexxus (Tim Curry), who feeds off pollution.”
The movie is based on the novel ‘Fern Gullet’ by author Diana Young whose husband worked on the film as a producer.