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10 Facts You May Not Know About FernGully: The Last Rainforest

Happy Earth Day! In honor of our lovely earth, here are 10 facts you might not know about FernGully, the coolest environmentally themed movie ever!

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  • 1. FernGully: The Last Rainforest is a 1992 Australian-American animated film based on a book by Diana Young.

  • 2. The "FernGully" forest depicted in the film was actually based on Australia's rainforests. The cartoonists who worked on the film spent time in the real rainforests to help inspire their drawings.

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  • 3. The movie was supposed to be released in November 1991, but the release was delayed to avoid the competition with Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

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  • 4. The movie is dedicated to "Our Children and Our Children's Children."

  • 5. The logo of apparel company Body Glove can be found among the hand prints in the opening.

  • 6. In Spain, it was dubbed into Spanish entirely by comedian Ángel Garó! It earned him entry in the Guinness Book of Records!

  • 7. It was Robin Williams's first role in an animated film.

    He played a a mentally unstable, yet comical fruit bat named Batty Koda!

  • 8. The character Zak is Australian but has no Australian Accent.

  • 9. The film may have been a source of inspiration for the 2009 film Avatar! Some reviewers have commented that Avatar used thematic and plot elements from FernGully.

  • 10. The film was thought important enough to be the very first film shown at the United Nations General Assembly Hall! It was introduced by Olivia Newton-John on Earth Day.