All Creatures Big and Small

Movie review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Weird Noah's ark tale has dark themes, lots of suspense.
  • G
  • 2015
  • 80 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain, not educate.

Positive Messages

Friendship and working together are important. But even though there's a happy ending, the apocalyptic message that maybe we're not all meant to survive overshadows the positive messages. There's also a character questionably named "Obesey."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Finny helps and supports everyone, regardless of species.

Violence & Scariness

Flood threatens to destroy the whole world and any species not safe on the ark. Lots of bumbling falls and slapstick violence. Many scary/suspenseful scenes of running from the flood or villains. Two characters appear to fall to their deaths. A character is knocked unconscious, then is creepily manipulated like a marionette.

Sexy Stuff
Language

No bad language but lots of potty humor about farts and poop.

Consumerism

References to Nintendo games such as Tetris.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that All Creatures Big and Small is a European animated film that's also been known as Oops! Noah Is Gone and Two by Two. This animal-centric kids' film is loosely based on the Noah's Ark story, though it's from the animals' perspective and has almost no mention of Noah or religion. Fart and poop jokes are prevalent, including the detail that some characters fart a dark gas when nervous. There's a lot of slapstick violence and many suspenseful scenes showing characters trying to escape the flood or villains, which may be too intense for sensitive young viewers. There are also some dark themes, including one character's musings that "maybe we're not all meant to survive" that seem out of place in a children's film. Parents may also be concerned about the bullying shown, as some animals aren't deemed worthy to board the Ark or are taught to be cruel to other animals, though (SPOILER ALERT) it's eventually revealed they wouldn't need the Ark to survive after all and the bullies learn to play nice. But by the time these caveats are given it feels too little, too late. There is also a large character named "Obesey," which seems in poor taste.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDavidinnashville November 9, 2015

Very good movie. As good as any Pixar in quality.

If your kids like veggie tales or Pixar movies, like Finding Nemo, Disney, Madagascar etc.. then you will love this movie I had never heard of it before and ren... Continue reading
Parent of a 7 and 8 year old Written bytsteele93 May 17, 2016

Fun movie for the whole family...

Wow, some movies you immediately know who is voicing the critters and it detracts from (or adds to) the enjoyment of the movie. This was not one of those movies... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byJmansmith February 10, 2016

Very Good Movie & Inspirational Characters

This movie was an amazing and very fun-filled adventure worth watching for anybody looking for a good movie to watch. The characters are an inspiration, and sho... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byAbdul539 October 15, 2016

Nice movies

Its a nice movie for a family movie night but there are better ones. Finny and his dad try to board Noah's Ark but are excluded from the list. So they snea... Continue reading

What's the story?

Word begins to spread that a huge flood is coming, so Nestrians Dave and his son Finny head to the ark to be saved with the other animals. Unfortunately, Nestrians doesn't make the cut, and the duo are kicked off. With a little involuntary help from Grymps Hazel and Leah, who are determined only to look after themselves, father and son board the ark and are ready to be saved. But when Finny and Leah fall off, they must work together to get back to the boat and stay safe from two trailing griffins who are determined to make them their next meal while their parents try to turn the ark around.

Is it any good?

ALL CREATURES BIG AND SMALL is a weird film that mostly manages to leave a bad taste in your mouth. Many of the characters are unlikable (such as the Grymps), and the likable ones are so one-dimensional they get old fast (such as Finny). There also are a lot of strange details that at the very least are in poor taste (the character named "Obesey") and at most are disturbing (Dave puppeteering the unconscious king like a marionette). And though the end message is that everyone has a place, it's mostly lost in the plot points that emphasize discrimination and exclusion. Kids may love some of the imaginary animals, but with so many other fun animal and fantasy movies out there, this is one you can definitely skip.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the Noah's ark story. Do you know it? How is All Creatures Big and Small different from the traditional story? How is it the same?

  • Hazel tells her daughter Leah that Grymps need to look out for themselves to survive. How did that lesson backfire on Leah? Why do you think it was important for her to learn to trust Finny and others?

  • Why do you think the filmmakers chose to call a character "Obesey"? Do you think it's a funny name? Why, or why not?

Movie details

For kids who love cartoons

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