FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue (1998) voices James S. Baker, Erik Bergmann, Connie Champagne, Holly Conner, Laura Erlich, Harry Joseph, Gary Martin, Matt K. Miller directed by Phil Robinson, Dave Marshall Movie Review

FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue (1998)   2/52/52/52/52/5

FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue (1998) voices James S. Baker, Erik Bergmann, Connie Champagne, Holly Conner

FernGully in the City

Life in FernGully is getting to Pips as he finds doing the same thing day in day out boring and longs for some excitement. Well excitement certain arrives when poachers and their vicious dogs come and take some of the animals whilst inadvertently causing a fire. Whilst Crysta stays to try and heal the forest Pips and Batty head into the city to try and rescue their animal buddies and ends up befriending a young girl called Twig who helps them.

I never really liked "FernGully: The Last Rainforest" I found it annoyingly less than subtle in trying to deliver its environmental message. But as I watched the first I thought I might as well watch the 2nd as well even though I expected to have the same feelings for "FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue". Ironically whilst "FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue" wasn't so in your face with its environmental message it lacked subtlety in every single aspect making it an animation which might just entertain young children but I doubt anyone else.

Now whilst the lack of subtlety over the environmental message annoyed me in the first movie it was its USP and so to lose that and just give us animals in danger combined with fish out of water makes "FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue" unimaginative. But that is not the only issue because this sequel has different actors voicing the characters and sadly they don't feel right at all even when it comes to the new characters they feel wrong. But I am not finished yet as the quality of the entire production, the actual animations and the music are just incredibly ordinary at best. All of this makes it not only inferior to the first movie but actually makes me think that "FernGully: The Last Rainforest" was better than I gave it credit for.

What this al boils down to is that "FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue" disappointed me even though I wasn't expecting much from it in the first place. Basically what made the first movie what it was is lost and instead we have just a regular children's cartoon with little to entertain anyone over the age of 8.