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Noah's Ark (1959)

Approved  |   |  Animation, Short, Comedy  |  10 November 1959 (USA)
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Noah gets the word: build an ark in seven days. His sons cut the necessary trees in three days, and much furious sawing and hammering follows. But there's no rest, as they need to round up ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Jerome Courtland ...
Narrator (voice)
Jeanne Bruns ...
Mrs. Hippo (voice) (as Jeanne Gayle)
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Paul Frees ...
Noah / God (voice)
James MacDonald ...
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Noah gets the word: build an ark in seven days. His sons cut the necessary trees in three days, and much furious sawing and hammering follows. But there's no rest, as they need to round up all the animals. Noah boards the animals, then his sons, their wives, and his wife (who packed a ferocious picnic). The rains and flood begin. The animals soon develop cabin fever and get restless, but Mrs. Noah has the answer: "Music has charms to soothe the savage beast." His sons find instruments and begin playing; everyone dances. But Harry the hippo dances with everyone but his wife; Noah goes to her, and while she tells him not to mention Harry's name, Noah convinces her that Harry is thinking only of her. The rains end; Noah sends a dove out who brings back an olive branch. They land on Mount Ararat and disembark. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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L'arche de Noé  »

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The voices of Noah's sons are inconsistent with each other. This is especially evident when they are singing as they build the ark. See more »

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Narrator: Now, when this earth was just beginning, there was much fussing and fighting and sinning.
[sounds of fighting and shouting are heard in houses; a cloud appears over another]
Narrator: Then one day, a cloud appeared up in the sky.
[lightning flashes and thunder crashes from the cloud; Noah steps out from the one house]
Narrator: And a great heavenly voice spoke from on high.
God: [inside the cloud] O good man Noah...
Narrator: ...said the voice...
God: The things I see leave me no choice. I must send rain and flood one day to wash the ...
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Certainly stands out among the Disney shorts...
8 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

And that's more to do with how truly unique it is rather than being one of their best, at the top of my head there is no other Disney short like Noah's Ark. And that is mainly down to the animation style and the creativity gone into the characters, in many ways Noah's Ark is very different for Disney but that's not a bad thing here. Noah's Ark doesn't have the most compelling of stories, the story itself is rather thin on the ground and the pacing lags at times. But the reason why Noah's Ark rates high personally is because, despite the story being unexceptional, everything else works brilliantly. The stop-motion animation immediately reminds one of Rankin'/Bass rather than the traditional hand-drawn animation usually seen with Disney at this time, but it does look very charming and beautiful with some clever stylised designs and some of the visuals are a huge amount of fun to watch, still holding up by today's standards. What helps Noah's Ark immensely is George Bruns' jazzy score, which is so energetic and wonderfully upbeat, Mrs. Hippo's song has some very witty lyrics too. The songs are all very sprightly and drive the short really well. Noah's Ark has a touch of weirdness, meant in a good way, and even more immense charm. Jerome Courtland's narration is effective in how simple it is and Jeanne Cayle does some great vocals too, but even better is Paul Frees, known as one of the best voice actors of the time and judging from his brilliant voice work here that's justified. It's the work done with the household items and the animals though where Noah's Ark really excels, it's a hard job making household items creative(using them to build the animals) and interesting but Noah's Ark does it and does so ingeniously. The cork hippos are especially delightful. Overall, a unique Disney short and a good one. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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