Noah’s Ark cartoons — an update


This news is about a month old now, but better late than never.

Variety reports that Rising India — which, despite its name, is based in the United States, apparently — is teaming up with Unified Pictures to produce and distribute their animated version of Noah’s Ark, the development of which was first announced two years ago.

Rising India is contributing $40 million to the movie’s overall budget, and the actual making of the movie will take place in Los Angeles and Singapore. The companies hope to have the movie ready for a theatrical release in the fall of 2011.

This is but one of several cartoons about Noah’s Ark — whether literal or quasi-allegorical — that are in various stages of development or production right now. Other such films that I have noted here include:

  1. Noah’s Ark: The New Beginning — Promenade Pictures
  2. Rock the Boat — Gaumont
  3. Not the End of the World — Illuminated Films
  4. Aardvark Art’s Ark — Warner Brothers

At least two Noah-themed cartoons have been released overseas as well, in the last few years, though as far as I know they have not yet come to North America, except for the occasional special screening:

  1. El Arca — Patagonik Film Group
  2. The Missing Lynx — Kandor Graphics

And then there are the seemingly defunct projects that were once being developed by Bill Cosby and Walden Media — to say nothing of recent and proposed live-action efforts like Sold Out!, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and Evan Almighty (2007).

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).


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