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FOX TO OPEN 'FERNGULLY' APRIL 10

 FOX TO OPEN 'FERNGULLY' APRIL 10
 BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Twentieth Century


Fox's animated musical fantasy, "FernGully ... The Last Rainforest," will open nationwide on April 10, 1992, it was announced today by Tom Sherak, executive vice president, Twentieth Century Fox.
 "We believe 'FernGully' follows in the tradition of the classic animated features of the past," said Sherak. "It's a film for the whole family with unlimited potential." The film was shown for the first time on Feb. 23 at the Berlin Film Festival as a work-in-progress and garnered incredible response.
 Roger Birnbaum, president, world-wide production, and executive vice president, Twentieth Century Fox, commented: "'FernGully ... The Last Rainforest' marks Fox's re-entry into the animation market at a time when audiences everywhere are rediscovering the excitement and spectacle of animated films. The makers of 'FernGully' have used the medium to create a modern myth, and to make a unique and wonderfully entertaining film for the entire family."
 "FernGully ... The Last Rainforest" is set in a secret world touched by magic and surrounded by adventure, and the only human who has ever been there must now fight to save it.
 The following organizations will all benefit from the proceeds of the film: The Sierra Club, The Rainforest Foundation, Greenpeace and a special fund that will be administered by The Smithsonian Institution to benefit environmental projects worldwide.
 "FernGully ... The Last Rainforest" features the voices of (in alphabetical order) Tim Curry, Samantha Mathis, Christian Slater, Jonathan Ward, Robin Williams and Grace Zabriskie. Joining the previously announced cast members, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong provide the voices of the Beetle Boys.
 The music of the film, which is performed by Johnny Clegg, Sheena Easton, Elton John, Raffi, Teddy Riley, Tone Loc, Curry and Williams, includes original songs by Jimmy Webb, Thomas Dolby, Raffi, Jimmy Buffett, Mike Utley, Elton John, Bruce Roberts and Alan Silvestri.
 The first radio single from the soundtrack, "A Dream Worth Keeping," performed by Easton, will be released to adult contemporary radio on March 24. The soundtrack will be released by MCA Records and will be in stores on March 31. MCA will also release a video of Raffi's "It's Raining Like Magic" concurrently with the release of the film.
 Previously announced were a cover version of the classic "Land of a Thousand Dances," re-interpreted by producer Riley (who has seven songs featured on Michael Jackson's "Dangerous" album) and performed by Guy, of which Riley is a member; and "Toxic Love," written by Dolby and performed by Curry, as the villain, Hexxus.
 The newly announced songs, which complete the list of songs to be featured in the film, follow: "Life Is a Magic Thing," written by Dolby and performed by Clegg; "A Dream Worth Keeping," written by Webb and Silvestri and performed by Easton; "Some Other World," written by Roberts and John and peformed by John; "It's Raining Like Magic," written and performed by Raffi; "If I'm Gonna Eat Somebody (It Might as Well Be You)," written by Buffet and Utley and performed by Tone Loc, and "Batty Rap," an original character piece written by Dolby and performed by Williams as the voice of the brain-fried bat, Batty Koda.
 The licensing and promotional tie-in campaign for "FernGully ..." is the largest undertaken by the studio since the "Star Wars" films. Major national promotional tie-ins are being done with companies including Pizza Hut restaurants, Green Giant and Dial, as well as Target stores working in conjunction with Kids for Saving Earth Club.
 More than 30 companies, including Applause, Goodwear, OSP Publishing, Essential Amenities, E?lectronics, Western Publishing and Wormser Inc., have licensed products based on the film's characters and story, ranging from coloring books, figurines and bendable figures to backpacks, kites, party goods and sleepwear. All products are environmentally friendly and all packaging used in promotional tie-ins will be printed on recycled or recyclable paper.
 A team of animators from nearly every studio, including experts in both hand-drawn animation and computer-enhanced animation, were recruited to create the dazzling animation for "FernGully," but the ultimate inspiration for the film was the forest itself. Before the start of production, the creative team made a field trip to the Australian rain forest to view first-hand first-hand one of the richest natural environments on earth. Photographs taken during the trip permitted the animators to capture the elusive lights and colors of the natural setting, and many of the film's characters were inspired by the real inhabitants of the rain forest.
 A Young and Faiman Production, "FernGully ... The Last Rainforest" is directed by Bill Kroyer and produced by Wayne Young and Peter Faiman. Animation production is by Kroyer Films Inc. Based on the stories of "FernGully," by Diana Young, the screenplay is by Jim Cox, who serves as co-producer with Brian Rosen and Richard Harper. The executive producers are Ted Field and Robert W. Cort. Jeff Dowd and William F. Willett are co-executive producers. Matthew Perry is the creative consultant. Alan Silvestri is the composer, and the music supervisors are Tim Sexton and Becky Mancuso. "FernGully" is presented by FAI Films in association with Youngheart Productions.
 Twentieth Century Fox is primarily engaged in the financing, development, production, distribution and marketing of motion pictures throughout the world and is a unit of Fox Inc.
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