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FernGully: The Last Rainforest
(1992)
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Composed and Produced by:

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
William Ross
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
MCA Records
(January 26th, 1992)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print as of 2007.
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Buy it... if the sounds of birds, waterfalls, and thunderstorms seem like a good addition to an average, synthetically-rendered children's score by Alan Silvestri.

Avoid it... if the sickeningly positive electronic music you hear for children's rides at amusement parks makes you want to maim a cute little stuffed animal.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #615
WRITTEN 6/23/03, REVISED 4/1/09
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FernGully: The Last Rainforest: (Alan Silvestri) Few films are as blatantly motivated by politics as this piece of rhetoric masquerading as an animated adventure in the rainforests. To be honest, FernGully: The Last Rainforest is one of those children's films that masks itself in the feel-good genre of filmmaking while pushing the real agenda at children, an agenda that causes the film to actually convey a feel-bad message (that message being: we're destroying the lungs of the Earth). Essentially, the film takes cool characters from the rainforests and shows us how they overcome the hideous actions of "those humans." A portion of the proceeds from the 1992 picture (and soundtrack albums) was sent to the Smithsonian Institute to manage in favor of causes around the world that save rain forests (and the Amazon in particular). Perhaps it was the pseudo feel-bad message that caused the film to slip away from the public eye after a year of hype and publicity surrounding the reasons for its existence. The same fate was suffered by the film's serious, dramatic counterpart of the era, Medicine Man. To the credit of the filmmakers, they did everything right to bury their feel-bad message in a pretty package. The musical approach was obviously one that was very strongly rooted in the psyche of children. A series of songs by popular artists, ranging from Robin Williams to Elton John, were littered throughout the film, as was an abundance of soothing, happy sound effects for the location. An upbeat, flakey score by Alan Silvestri would be a perfect addition to the mix, despite its low budget circumstances. Familiar with composing in small studios with arrays of synthesizers, Silvestri could create the ambience of an orchestral score electronically while also infusing the music with some of the basic sound effects from the film. Many of the sounds of birds, waterfalls, insects, and thunderclaps in the film are actually part of the musical score by Silvestri, who integrates the effects into convenient rhythms instead of using traditional orchestral instrumentation. The same general idea would be explored by Bruno Coulais for the documentary Winged Migration in the following decade, though obviously with a more serious tone. If the concept of hearing a sickeningly optimistic synthetic score dominated by forest-related sound effects seems a little weird, then you're not alone.

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239 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.99 Stars
***** 41 5 Stars
**** 51 4 Stars
*** 57 3 Stars
** 45 2 Stars
* 45 1 Stars
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I liked it.
J.W. - February 5, 2005, at 8:09 p.m.
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I hate happy music...   Expand >>
Amuro - July 21, 2003, at 7:27 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 44:02
• 1. Main Title (2:27)
• 2. Skylarking (2:28)
• 3. Magi Lune's Cave (2:43)
• 4. Xanthoreas (1:27)
• 5. Crysta's Journey (3:00)
• 6. Rainforest Suite (sound effects) (1:13)
• 7. The Leveller (1:38)
• 8. Going to Ferngully (6:58)
• 9. The Grotto Song (4:56)
• 10. I'm Back (4:27)
• 11. The Battle for Old Highrise (3:29)
• 12. Remember Everything (3:02)
• 13. Spirit of the Trees (traditional) (3:41)
• 14. Genesis (2:28)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a political note about the purpose and vision of the film.
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