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FernGully 2 - The Magical Rescue (1997)

James S. Baker , Erik Bergmann , Phil Robinson , Dave Marshall  |  G |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James S. Baker, Erik Bergmann, Connie Champagne, Holly Conner, Laura Erlich
  • Directors: Phil Robinson, Dave Marshall
  • Writers: Carol Hughes, Chris Fink, Diana Young, Richard Tulloch
  • Producers: Alex Engle, Brian Rosen
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 2, 2000
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305836566
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,657 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "FernGully 2 - The Magical Rescue" on IMDb

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Life in FernGully, a 1,000-year-old rainforest, is idyllic for the woodland animals and two fairies named Crysta and Pips. Still, Pips longs to see the world beyond the forest. When two human poachers steal three baby animals under Crysta's care, Pips is quick to declare his intention to travel to "town" and rescue the stolen animals. A bat (appropriately named Batty) offers much doom-and-gloom advice against the trip, but eventually Pips and his band of Beetle Boys head to town with Batty in the lead. Crysta soon finds the poacher's abandoned dog and follows her friends to town in the hopes of returning the dog to his home. The group's first glimpses of town show a grimy dump and a sewer pipe dumping refuse into a local body of water. A carnival changes their perspective, offers a chance meeting with a young clown-in-training named Budgie, and distracts the group from their mission. Batty and the youngest Beetle Boy eventually locate the stolen animals, and, with help from the rest of the group, battle the evil poachers to win the animals' freedom. This 73-minute, animated musical is entertaining but somewhat lacking in excitement and drive. The film also lacks Robin Williams, who voiced Batty in the first film. The film's message comes across crystal clear--uncaring humans are destroying the rainforests without regard for the larger consequences of their actions. (Ages 3 to 8) --Tami Horiuchi

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The magic, fun and adventure return! Welcome back to the magical rain forest of FernGully. Batty Koda, Crysta, Pips and the Beetle Boys return in a new animated full-length musical, full of all the fun and adventure that made "FernGully: The Last Rainforest" so special. All is well in FernGully until the day a group of humans comes in and captures three baby animals under Crysta's care. Now the babies' only hope is for Pips, Batty and the Beetle Boys to venture into the great unknown, the town where the humans live. With the help of a young girl named Budgie and her grandpa, the small yet heroic rescuers embark on the ultimate adventure to save their friends before they are smuggled away forever.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Kids liked it, I was not impressed. September 13, 2005
Format:DVD
Although I LOVED the first Ferngulley, this one was pretty sorry. I don't think that any of the actors from the original worked on this movie. The guy that they got to take over for Robin Williams as Batty Koda sounds like a really bad impressionist. The kids loved the story in this one - the fairies trying to save poached baby animals, but I thought the story was weak. Whenever they watch it, I make sure to leave the room!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Amateur effort with redeeming qualities September 15, 2004
Format:DVD
The idea is good, but the charm is missing. Mediocre animation, decent plot but poorly carried out, actors that sound like they're reading the script (a badly written script...). For most people involved in its making, their movie experience is extremely limited--in several cases (especially with the actors), this is the only film in their experience at all. In short, not a true sequel to the original. But they get an E for effort, with a few highlights with creative ideas of what happens to little fairies when they get mesmerized by the world of a human carnival and forget about their true mission in life: to protect living creatures. It is a clean film which promotes good values and has nothing inappropriate for young viewers. Songs are so-so, even if they might be a bit catchy in tune. This has some entertainment value for the 3-6 age range, but anyone older than that will be quickly bored.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An insult to the original September 17, 2005
Format:DVD
Why do excellent movies like Ferngully and The Land Before Time get such half-baked direct-to-video sequels? The depth, complexity, and offbeat spirituality of the first movie are all painfully absent from this godawful piece of garbage, as is Robin Williams' voice talent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "I don't think you'll ever be ready for the clown act!" December 9, 2012
Format:DVD
By accident, I came across this sequel to one of my favorite nostalgic classics, and for the heck of it thought I'd give it a try. I wasn't expecting much, but "FernGully 2: the Magical Rescue" still managed to underperform, mainly thanks to its weak script and reduced production means. I kept reminding myself that it might not be fair to compare this one to its much prettier prequel, but even as its own story, it doesn't hold up very well.

The story: when a clutch of baby animals are snatched from the rainforest by a couple of poachers, Pips (Digory Oaks), Batty (Matt Miller, BioHunter), and the Beetle Boys will need to venture into human civilization to rescue them.

The original Ferngully was a movie with a green message: it made an emotional appeal against deforestation, not outright blaming humans but making clear that more people need to be educated on the matter. "The Magical Rescue" has no real message, green or otherwise. The plot gives ample opportunity for some good anti-poaching material, but the antagonists are one-dimensional and aren't shown to learn a lesson, and the depiction of the animal trade is pretty removed from reality - The Rescuers Down Under did a better job of it. The storyline gets sidetracked by having Pips and the Beetle Boys befriend a human circus girl (Connie Champagne, who sang in
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting to say the least April 16, 2008
Format:DVD
Ferngully 2 is an insult to the original, however I am being generous in giving it three stars because it is a good family film. I'm sure little kids will love the furry little animals that it seems to revolve around, and it has some good morals for your kids about believing in yourself and helping those in need...if that's all you look for when buying your movies.

I have many gripes about this movie, and I'm not sure where to begin. If you have seen and cherish the first movie, well, it's nice to see our two beloved characters, Crysta and Pips, return to the screen, right? Well, if you loved Pips, you're in for a treat. He gets plenty of screen time. As for Crysta? She seems to play second fiddle to everything else, and we actually don't see her much. Mostly we see the furry critters stuck in cages and their attempts to flee or be freed by others. It's no longer about the fairies and the trees and plants in the rain forest, it's about poaching. 90% of this movie takes place outside of the rain forest, which is a shame really, because that was part of the beauty of the first film. The poaching bit also reminded me a lot of another movie's plot...oh what was it...maybe The Rescuers: Down Under? (which btw is a high-quality, five-stars film, I highly recommend) Ferngully 2 was very much a re-hash of that film, which gave me a headache because Ferngully 2 offered nothing new on the take of evil-poacher-traps-the-cute-animals-who-creatively-try-to-escape (this theme is fantastic in Rescuers, not at all in Ferngully 2).

Surprisingly, I have no complaints about the animation...wait, I take that back. It is fluid, yes, and is not all that lacking in quality, but lacks terribly in consistency!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Received with Minor Scratches & Finger Prints on DVD
I got this movie for my Mom since she always wanted this movie since last year. She watched it right away once we received it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by SupraSoldier
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Region Code
We could not even watch this movie because it had a Region Code for another country! Wow Really! How disappointing.
Published 4 months ago by Linda Forcier
5.0 out of 5 stars Fern Gully 2
Will watch it again and again. I can not wait until my grand kids come to visit so they can enjoy the movie also.
Published 12 months ago by Pam
5.0 out of 5 stars childhood favorite
when this movie came out i was so excited because i loved the first one. anything with fairies is a winner in my book.
Published 17 months ago by Harmony Lenz
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good!
I loved the Ferngully movies as a kid and when I watched the sequel in my youth, it was very excellent. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Tyler
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
The first movie is the best but the second one isn't too bad either, it's cute and tells a new story.
Published 18 months ago by movieWolf buff
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Movie
This movie came faster than anticipated and in very good condition. This is a very inpirational movie. A must see for both children and adults.
Published 18 months ago by Susie
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD MOVIE
This is a good movie, although I though I as ordering a DVD, still enjoyed watching it. Would recoommend but as a DVD not a VHS.
Published 20 months ago by unek1
1.0 out of 5 stars Donde Esta Robbin'?
Robin Williams is god. I cried tears of joy when I saw him in the first Fern Gully. I replayed his voice recordings over and over until my parrot memorized it. Read more
Published on May 31, 2012 by A. Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars knock off
This video was a COPY of the original. Whomever I purchased this dvd from, copied it and sent me the copy with the original case cover.
Published on March 28, 2012 by nikki
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