Out of curiosity, I recently watched the 2007 version of NOAH'S ARK, an animated movie from Argentina. The film was originally titled EL ARCA ("The Ark" in English, duh), and received an English dub that same year. However, Shout! Factory was "kind" enough to release the English and original Spanish dub on DVD a few months ago. I saw it at my local video store, so I figured it could be good for some laughs.
So we all know the story about Noah - Noah is asked by God (who's potrayed as a fat black man, for some reason) to build an ark for his family and for two of every animal in the world, for a flood is approaching. A flood that will wipe away every single person on the planet, and will start life anew. So Noah and his family work hard on this boat, and....
Yeah, you don't wanna hear about this, right? Who cares about NOAH in the movie NOAH'S ARK? Clearly the focus should be on the animals right? Yeah...the movie barely even focuses on Noah and his family. It's about the animals that board the ship. There's this lion who's supposed to be king but is sucking at it, a tiger wants to take his place and eat all the herbivores on the ark, some big-boobed panther who's only there to pander to furries....Trust me, it isn't that interesting.
I wouldn't mind so much, except the animals weren't the least bit interesting or likable. Motivations and personalities are so muddled and confusing that I could barely follow who these characters are or what they want. Plus, I found all of them to be scum. Even the supposed good animals are always bickering, bitching, and moaning. The supposed lesson about teamwork is barely put into effect until maybe the last 5 minutes of the film. Both Noah's family and the animals just argue with each other throughout most of the movie, and even when they supposedly work together in the end, I still felt like this change in character is too sudden and wasn't developed all that well.
The film also wants to be clever Biblical satire, with references to Buddha, what will go into the writing of the Bible, and so on. Some of the gags are cute, but it feels like it belongs in a different film.
The English dubbing is mediocre. The dialogue feels like they have to spoon feed every emotion and thought from the characters to the viewer. None of it feels natural.
The only good merit to this film is the striking character designs, especially Noah's family. The animation is just standard stuff you'd normally see on television - serviceable, but nothing special. Which is a shame, because I would've loved to see these designs flow more naturally with some good animation.
I don't recommend the movie - the only thing I recommend is looking at stills and images of the movie on Google Images, just so you can appreciate the designs of the film. It's better than having to hear those designs talk.
It was a bit of a tough sit. Me and my sister honestly thought about turning the damn thing off halfway. Looking back, I wish I did.