Noah's Ark

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Animated biblical tale has cartoonish violence, crass humor.
  • NR
  • 2014
  • 88 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

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

Educational Value

Viewers will be exposed to a retelling of the biblical story of Noah and the ark.

Positive Messages

Positive messages about teamwork, what it means to be a leader, what it means to have faith in someone, the importance of keeping your word, and the importance of respecting life. There is bickering and infighting.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Noah is caring, respectful, and optimistic. Kairel is a strong female character -- brave, just, and determined. She sees the value of working together for the greater good of the whole community. God is portrayed as being nonchalant, more interested in writing a book than anything else. Many other characters are selfish, immature, and disrespectful, including the vain lion king, Xiro.

Violence & Scariness

Several instances of cartoonish violence, such as when a pineapple falls on an animal's head or when two characters have a sword fight. Animals slam a door on another animal, but it is unharmed. Two animals fight, exchanging kicks and punches. Character is hit over the head with a wooden plank. Additionally, there are multiple scenes with mild peril, including moments when the ark nearly capsizes and its passengers are fearful of drowning. Elsewhere, there is plentiful animal growling and fang-bearing, and a significant portion of the plot involves animals conspiring to murder and feast on other animals. In one of the more explicitly perilous scenes, hungry animals imagine the fattening of pigs, slaughterhouse-style, then dropping them into pots of boiling water to eat later.

Sexy Stuff

A group of women are seen hanging out a balcony window batting their eyelashes -- it is suggested they are prostitutes in a brothel. In one scene, animals are cut to in a way that implies they've just had intercourse. Another scene has animals canoodling behind a curtain. A recurring tiger (named Panty, no less) exists seemingly for the sole purpose of luring a king to bed by flattering and seducing him. Panty has overtly large breasts and in one scene is dancing provocatively in a cage. A lion has a list of potential partners, referring to them as "hot chicks" and being disparaging and disrespectful. Two animals kiss briefly. In one scene, an animal has cleavage. 

Language

Language such as "imbecile," "idiot," and "stupid" are used. Breasts are referred to as "boobs" and a group of potential female suitors are called "hot chicks." Two animals fight, and one calls the other one fat. There is one reference to the "deep, dark halls of hell." In multiple scenes, killing or murdering and then eating other animals is explicitly discussed. Fart jokes.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Animals are seen drinking from goblets, sometimes raucously, to suggest drunkenness.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Noah's Ark (or El arca) is an Argentine-Italian (dubbed into English) animated comedic retelling of the biblical story. It looks like an all-ages family movie, but it contains some material that is suggestive, crass, mature, rude, and inappropriate or confusing for younger children. It has some positive messages about teamwork and some nods to the notions about faith and loyalty found in the original tale. But many of these lessons are muddled by a movie largely driven by constant bickering, politics, and murderous plots that are confusing or too explicit for younger kids. Animals fight, discuss eating each other, and there also moments of peril when the ark nearly capsizes. There are also a number of sexually-suggestive scenes that seem inappropriate for the target audience. Animals are sexualized and dance provocatively toward each other. In one scene, the camera cuts to two animals who have seemingly just had sex. A lion refers to a list of potential suitors as "hot chicks" and is both disparaging and disrespectful about them. This review is based on the 2014 DVD version of the movie, which omits some scenes from the 2007 original version. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPaul1962 September 13, 2020

IT MOCKS THE STORY OF NOAH'S ARC!

This is in no way historically accurate to the story in the bible, it contains what my grandson calls Furries and it's sexualised in some parts!
Adult Written byNebbie Zebbie June 6, 2019

So bizarre it's charming

This is a "so bad it's good" movie for adults, and might keep kids entertained simply because things are always happening.
At its core, it takes... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 28, 2020

Well...

It’s really...something. There’s two versions, and in order to give this movie a proper review, I had to look at the original movie on YouTube, which is definit... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byHollyHills786 December 21, 2018

Go and see this if you’re 15

I don’t really know much about the film. But I will say that 15 years old can watch this film with no trouble. Under age, don’t watch this film or watch it with... Continue reading

What's the story?

In NOAH'S ARK the world has gone to pot and it's up to Noah (Joe Carey) to help God (Ron Von Paulus) start over by building an ark and loading up two of every animal species he can find. But how will Noah convince the animals, or his bickering family, for that matter, to get on board before the rain starts? And what about the hesitant, vain lion king Xiro (James Keller) -- can he help them all get along if he can't even convince himself to lead? What happens if they run out of food, or worse, everyone turns on each other? Noah's and everyone's limits are more than cosmically tested when he decides to take God up on the ultimate ask.

Is it any good?

Noah's Ark is a biblical retelling that manages to potentially alienate both its natural audience of true believers and the secular crowd who might just enjoy a good story. Here, God is a nonchalant, golf-playing roustabout who is more concerned about getting good material for his future book than he is about how the animals and Noah will pull off his crazy loyalty test. That premise is amusing enough, but it plays out in a dragging plot overloaded with bickering and some pretty questionable material. The early setup, with its references to debt and gluttony and, yes, prostitution -- an attempt to show the world as a lost cause in need of a do-over in the shape of a flood -- will likely cause a bit of confusion for young kids. But if that doesn't do it, the rest of the film will -- animals plot murder (sometimes rather explicitly), while Xiro the lion king-in-waiting has to decide whether he will ever stop chasing a promiscuous tiger named Panty (not kidding) long enough to get his act together and lead.

There are fart jokes, some drinking, a bit of cartoonish violence, and a spat where one female cat calls another one fat. For a story out of the bible, there are surprisingly few good role models. But for kids who like animals and big boats, and parents who will take any version of a bible story they can get, there are ultimately positive messages about working together. If you can ignore the greed, murder, sex, and farting jokes.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the cartoon violence in Noah's Ark. Did you find any of the scenes too extreme for a movie like this? Did the fact that there were no serious consequences make a difference to how you felt about the scenes? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

  • Discuss the positive messages in the movie. What examples of teamwork can you give from the movie? Why is teamwork such an important character trait to have? When have you used teamwork to achieve something in real life? How can I use media to teach my kid teamwork?

  • What do you know of the original Noah story? What happens in the version you are familiar with? How did this movie compare to that?

  • Have you ever been stuck together with a group of people for a long time, perhaps on a family trip? What was it like? Did you get along? Why or why not? How can people get along better when they are stuck with each other for a period of time?

  • The story of Noah's Ark is really about starting again. Is there anything you would start again if you could? What would it be, and why? How would it change things?

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