Film Club
Screening Dates

FernGully shaped a generation … A Silent Spring for the playground set, presenting millennials with their first look at eco-disaster.”

Chantel Tattoli, Vanity Fair

Seventeen years before the eco-epic Avatar made box-office history, another film tackled the threat of man-made environmental catastrophe by way of fantasy and cutting-edge animation. Set in an Australian woodland inhabited by magical fairies, Disney-defector Bill Kroyer’s green-message movie revolves around a lumberjack (voiced by Christian Slater) accidentally made pint-sized by a well-meaning young sprite (Samantha Mathis). He then joins the fairies’ efforts to eradicate a pollution monster (Tim Curry) unleashed by humans clearcutting the forest. Robin Williams, in his first animated role, is the zany voice of a rapping lab bat. Elton John’s original song “Some Other World” marked the Rocket Man’s first contribution to a cartoon soundtrack. Kroyer, an early adopter of CGI, bucks convention by marrying digital and hand-drawn animation. FernGully was screened at the UN General Assembly on Earth Day 1992.

“Funny, pretty, touching, scary, magical stuff … It's worth planning a family trip to FernGully.”

Hollis Chacona, Austin Chronicle

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Acknowledgments

Screening sponsored by Vancouver Mom and MAKE Vancouver.

Media
Note

In recognition of Earth Day 2020 (April 22) and the legion of young activists around the globe demanding climate action now, Film Club offers up two sensational kids’ movies that foreground green themes and the urgency of environmental sustainability as part of The Cinematheque's March–April program.

Free popcorn and "Film Club" badge for ages 13 and under.

$6 Ages 13 and under
$10 Everybody else

Cinematheque membership not required.