"Avatar" vs. "FernGully"- Nothing New Under the Sun
Avatar. Who hasn’t heard of the hottest movie since ... Titanic? Avatar struck awe into the hearts of many Americans who were filled with desire for the untainted and primitive world called Pandora. Not being impressed by the trailer, I was surprised at how much I actually enjoyed the movie, having been a little afraid I would laugh out loud at the ugly blue people to the embarrassment of my friends in the movie theater. I did enjoy it though and wouldn’t mind a little vacation to Pandora, but only if I get constellations on my nose.
FernGully. Do you remember that cartoon from the ‘90s with the little fairy and the evil rainforest killers? Probably not. My afore-mentioned friends in the movie theater didn’t remember either. Too bad for them. To them, Avatar was a new idea. But for me, it was like Déjà vu. I had seen all this before when I was a kid.
Watch this clever video that combines both Avatar and FernGully, and then take a look at how similar the plots really are.
- There once was a beautiful rainforest untouched by humans. Tiny flying creatures called fairies live there in peace with nature until the arrival of MAN on ugly noisy tree-killing machines.
- Crysta, the scantily-clad fairy, discovers Zak, a human in human form who is helping to destroy the forest. She saves his life by promptly shrinking him down to her size.
- Unfotunately for him, Zak can’t fly. Fortunately however, Zak is more likeable than most humans because he’s cute (as much as a guy with long blonde hair can be cute).
- Zak lies to Crysta about who he really is.
- Crysta shows Zak around her home. There are colorful animals and lots of plants and everything is green and alive.
- Crysta’s almost-boyfriend is jealous of Zak (but they become friends by the end of the movie).
- Crysta and Zak jump in puddles that light up when they touch them.
- Crysta and Zak fall in love and go on a date.
- Zak (formerly clueless like most humans) sees the beauty of Ferngully, and has a change of heart about murdering trees that would never murder him. He fights for Ferngully with the help of some magical glowing things and a flying bat.
- The rainforest wins and the humans lose. The End.
- There once was a beautiful planet untouched by humans. Giant human-like creatures called Na’vi live there in peace with nature until the arrival of MAN on ugly noisy spaceships.
- Neytiri the scantily-clad Na’vi discovers Jake, a human in Na’vi form, who is helping to destroy the forest. She saves his life, but has no need to shrink him down to her size.
- Unfortunately for him, Jake can’t do anything. Fortunately however, Jake is more likeable than most humans because he’s cute (as much as a guy who has blue skin can be cute).
- Jake lies to Neytiri about who he is.
- Neytiri shows Jake around her home. There are colorful animals and lots of plants and everything is green and alive.
- Neytiri’s almost-boyfriend is jealous of Jake (but they become friends by the end of the movie).
- Neytiri and Jake run through plants that light up when they touch them.
- Neytiri and Jake fall in love and go on a date.
- Jake (formerly clueless like most humans) sees the beauty of Pandora and has a change of heart about murdering trees that would never murder him. He fights for Pandora with the help of some magical glowing things and a flying Toruk.
- The rainforest wins and the humans lose. The End.
What's cool about AvaGully
It’s fun to imagine a fantasy world where everything is beautiful.
It’s fun to run around barefoot with corny songs in the background.
It’s fun to fall in love under the stars.
It’s fun to fly.
What's stupid about AvaGully
They generalize about the human race, basically saying that humans hate nature.
They put trees and animals on the same level as people.
They find god in nature.
They think nakedness is cool.
Why Is Avatar So Popular?
Well, green is the new black, they say. And a movie with environmentalism on its agenda is bound to be hot. So everything is exaggerated: humans love to destroy; they live in ugly places; they only work for money; but true nature-lovers love nature like a god; they are spiritual and talk to plants and animals.
Why is this wrong?
There is a huge difference between the Creator and the creation. We get in trouble when we blur the lines and start worshiping the creation. As stewards of the earth, we are called to take care of the plants and animals. Conservation is a good thing. But putting plants and animals on the same level as man, and putting all three of us on the same level as God, is just plain pantheism.
"Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen." ~ Romans 1:22-25
Avatar may be James Cameron’s biggest hit yet. He gave us Terminator and Titanic, both incredibly popular movies, but his moviemaking talent continues to break new ground. Or does it? Watching Avatar brought back some memories for me. It was like watching FernGully for grownups. But I have heard Avatar compared to other cartoons as well, like “The Smurfs” and “Thundercats.” Maybe children really are the future, if our childhood cartoons really are future box-office hit movies.
There is nothing new under the sun. “Avatar” scored with the graphics, just not so much with originality. As Magi Lune, Crysta’s spiritual mentor, says,“There are worlds within worlds, Crysta.” And there are movies within movies, apparently.
I enjoyed watching "Avatar" and "FernGully", but I disagree with the underlying message. This is my opinion ... what do you think? I'd love to hear your opinion. Please leave a comment below!