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1001 Stories Collection

Noah’s Island

1001 Noahs Island
Added on 03rd September 2020

Director Emile Bourget, Philippe LeClerc, Alan Simpson, Frederic Trouillot
Writer Steve Walker
First shown 1997, BBC, European Broadcasting Union

A group of animals, led by Noah (a polar bear) set off on a floating island in search of a place where they will be safe

Story

Noah’s Island follows the adventures of animated polar bear, Noah, who is stranded on a floating ice island which has broken off from his homeland of Canada. It is loosely based on the bible story Noah’s Ark and Noah has to save the other animals he meets from threats which they encounter on their journey. Noah steers the island across the ocean in search of the Promised Land where animals will be safe from humans, making new friends along the way.

Why we chose it

Noah’s Island has a strong ecological theme about animals needing to escape from or be protected from humans – themes which are still important to children today.

Where it came from

The series followed the success of The Animals of Farthing Wood, another animated series which told the story of a group of animals forced to flee their homes when developers arrived. It was made by the same team and for the same audience.

Where it went next

Noah’s Island was praised for its ecological message. There was some merchandise produced to accompany the series, including books, toys and games.

Associated stories

Similar ecological themes can be found in a wide range of novels and television programmes for children from classic books like Watership Down by Richard Adams or the Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann , and picture books like Oi Get Off Our Train by John Burningham to more recent stories such as The Last Wild by Piers Torday or the Dreamworks film Over the Hedge.

Added on 03rd September 2020

Director Emile Bourget, Philippe LeClerc, Alan Simpson, Frederic Trouillot
Writer Steve Walker
First shown 1997, BBC, European Broadcasting Union