FernGully: The Last Rainforest/YMMV

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  • Adaptation Displacement: Very few people realize this movie was based on a book by Diana Young.
  • 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.
  • Anvilicious: Even the Robin Williams character spouts off morals!
  • Non Sequitur Scene: The scene with the goanna singing rather erotically about eating Zak.[1]
  • Complete Monster: Hexxus, destruction incarnate. He doesn't just do what he does out of being Made of Evil or Necessary Evil: he does it because he enjoys it.
  • 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 sexy than any other member of the cast. And then cast Tim Curry to play him and let him sing.
    • Hexxus, just as a friendly reminder, is a sentient cloud of toxic waste who wants to kill every living thing. What's wrong with people?
  • Ear Worm: "Yo, the name is Batty. The logic is errat-" NO! NO! Rapping is annoying enough without Robin Williams being the rapper.
    • Too bad, it's now forever embedded in your mind whether you like it or not.
    • That was (and still is) the best part of the movie for this troper. Whether this says more about me or the movie is up to you.[2]
    • I don't know about you guys, but this troper can never get Toxic Love out of her head for weeks after listening to it once.
    • "If I'm gonna eat somebody/It might as well be-" No! No!
    • From the sequel, "Here in FernGully".
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • Rooting for the Empire: A ton of watchers sympathize with Hexxus. Sympathize with the incarnation of pollution in a heavily Anvilicious cartoon about how life is precious and pollution evil. 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.
  • 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...

  • Unfortunate Implications: Oh lordy, lots. To start with, there's the fact that the fairies live in the Australian rainforest... and only know about white humans. There are no aboriginals, a people they'd presumably be in touch with, to be found anywhere.
    • And for that matter, why are the fairies themselves white? Fairies in European settings don't look like aboriginals. (Usually.)
    • The style of the graphics in the intro, at least, implies that the original human inhabitants of Fergullly, the ones that fled Hexxus, were aboriginal. Since all that's left of them are some legends and (apparently) cave paintings, which are both abstract at best, there's not much indicator of physical appearance and skin colour for the fairies apart from "they looked a bit like us, just much bigger". As for the fairies' skin, well, they do spend nearly all their time under the shade of the canopy, being forest creatures. High melanin content is a trait of apes with open-air living and lots of sun somwhere in their recent ancestry.
  • Ugly Cute: Batty Koda.
  • The Woobie: Batty Koda, especially taking into account the experiments he went through.
  1. Fun fact: The internet made this movie the Trope Codifier.
  2. Definitely the movie. Outdone by Robin Williams trying to rap? For shame.