In the latest instance of an independent film distributor licensing movies from the major studios for disc release, Shout! Factory is prepping a 30th anniversary edition of FernGully: The Last Rainforest for Aug. 23 release in a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack.
The 1992 animated family feature, originally released by 20th Century Fox, has been restored from a brand-new 4K scan of the original film elements and will be issued under the Shout! Kids banner in a two-disc set.
Special features on FernGully: The Last Rainforest 30th Anniversary Edition include a new introduction from director Bill Kroyer, which includes never-before-seen pencil, character and animation tests. Other features include multiple commentaries, featurettes, a music video, a multi-angle scene study, a script-to-scene comparison, and more.
FernGully is set deep in the heart of a forest, home to a paradise filled with tiny sprites, winged fairies, tree spirits, and all kinds of animals who live together in joyful harmony. But when their home is threatened by humans, one courageous sprite must give her all to save it.
The film features an all-star voice cast, including Robin Williams, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Tim Curry, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong and Tone Loc.
FernGully is based on the series of books by Australian author Diana Young. The filmmakers used what was then brand-new special effects technology for penetrating layers of backgrounds, and to generate the beginning stages of drawings which were then completed by hand. Some 150,000 cels were created for FernGully, a total of 38 miles of artwork if they were laid end-to-end. Although many steps were computer assisted, every shot was primarily painted and animated by hand.
The key creative team spent time in the Australian rainforest and drew inspiration from the multi-hued colors of the forest and exotic wildlife.