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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Jerome Courtland ...
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Mrs. Hippo (voice) (as Jeanne Gayle)
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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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Pretty weird but highly creative.
14 August 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a super-strange and highly creative short from Disney--and it looks nothing like a Disney production. That's because it is NOT hand-drawn animation but stop-motion! Well, evidently, the Oscar people liked it, as they nominated this film for Best Animated Short.

The story is a pretty traditional retelling of the story of Noah's Ark. However, it includes peppy music (Dixieland, jazz and rock 'n roll) and VERY weird animals. That's because there is no attempt to make them look realistic! The animals consist of various objects, such as funnels, bottles, eggs, pipe cleaners, corks, pencils and other strange materials. It's weird but also pretty cool how they were able to use the materials the way they did. You just have to see it to believe it.


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