Fun Fact: FernGully is supposed to be an Australian rainforest. Nobody remembers this - if they remember the 1992 movie at all - because it doesn't feature a single Australian accent. I'm not going to let that stop me from suggesting an Australian Viognier, though. And, given the movie's themes, it's gotta be organic. Yalumba is the way to go.
FernGully is an animated, environmentalist musical directed by Bill Kroyer. The story follows Crysta (Samantha Mathis), a young wood fairy, and Zak (Jonathan Ward), a human logger that Crysta accidentally shrinks down to fairy size. Zak gradually learns to see the forest through Crysta's eyes and vows to protect it against further harm. This puts Zak and Crysta at odds with Zak's former co-workers and an evil smoke monster, Hexxus (Tim Curry at his creepiest), that feeds on pollution.
If this plot sounds familiar, that's because it is - James Cameron's Avatar follows the same basic formula. FernGully did it decades earlier.
Rounding out the cast are Pips (Christian Slater), Stump & Root (Cheech & Chong), and Batty (Robin Williams). If you're counting the big names and wondering how you forgot about this movie, I don't have an answer for you. Sorry.
Why Yalumba Organic Viognier? Hailing from South Australia's renowned wine region, Barossa, Yalumba Organic Viognier captures the film's lush and magical rainforest setting. Crafted from organically grown grapes, you not only get a delicious wine but you also support the movie's message.
You'll detect notes of white peach, apricot, and honeysuckle in each glass. On the palate, Yalumba Organic Viognier delivers a rich and expressive taste that mirrors the movie's bright, vibrant tone. The wine's luscious stone fruit flavors balance against its refreshing acidity and a touch of minerality, creating a harmonious interplay much like the film's interplay of nature and its inhabitants.
Don't forget to recycle the bottle!
By Eddie Beeby
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