Filmed in Australia, Costa Rica, French Guiana, and Malaysia, Tropical Rainforestexamines the long evolution of the rain forest, the rapid and recent destruction of this habitat as a consequence of human activity, and the scientific efforts to understand the tropical rain forests even as they disappear. The film captures the incredible diversity of species which have evolved throughout the long history of tropical biology–insects, gaudy frogs, exotic plants, and flowers. These species have formed interdependent relationships, all of which are dependent on the trees. With the loss of the forests, thousands of species will become extinct before they can be discovered.

Length: 38:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 1992
  • Date Released:
    February 1992
  • Alternate Titles:
  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: No
  • Run Time: 31-50
  • Formats: 15/70
  • Distributor:

    MacGillivray Freeman Films

  • Produced By:
    Produced by Shedd Productions Inc. for the Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Executive Producer: Mike Day
  • Producer: Ben Shedd, Marian White
  • Director:  Ben Shedd
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  Simon Campbell-Jones
  • Cinematography: Timothy Housel
  • Sound Editor: 
  • Visual Effects:
  • Music/Score:  Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Editor: Vincent Stenerson
  • Narrator: Geoffrey Holder
  • Other Credits: Produced with the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the National Science Foundation.
  • Sponsors:


  • Animals
  • Biology
  • Documentary
  • Ecology


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