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El Arca is an 2007 animated film from by Patagonik Animation retelling the story of Noah's Ark.

God feels like The Bible isn't interesting enough compared to Buddhist and Confucian books, so he decides to flood the world in order to create a more compelling story. Two separate storylines run in the film, one focusing on Noah and one on the animals. (It's worth noting that nearly all the animals in the film are anthropomorphic.)

A letter gets sent out to all the animals saying that a pair will be needed to come on the ark in order to survive the flood. The lion prince Xiro volunteers to go after reading half of a torn letter, and picks Bruma, a lioness with vaguely referenced past indiscretions, over Kairel, an apparently fat lioness who helps plan the ark from the animals' side.

Before they board the ark, there is a dispute between the carnivores and herbivores over whether the herbivores would be eaten, which Xiro badly tries to mediate. It starts to rain and in the ensuing rush, Bruma is hit by a hippo and is crushed to death. No one really cares. A unicorn also misses the boat and drowns. Absolutely no one cares.


On the ship, the predators plot a takeover, while Xiro struggles with Kairel to take responsibility. Their plan is to use Panthy, a panthress and nightclub singer, to quasi-seduce Xiro and make him think that he killed a herbivore. It works well enough to convince Kairel, and she runs off.

Meanwhile, Noah gets knocked down a shaft, and his sons fight over who gets the helm of the ship, which ends up running them aground at the north pole. Xiro hears a speech Noah gives to a penguin, thinks that it's God talking to him, and leads the animals out onto the ice to break the ark free. Kairel sees him finally taking responsibility, they drop off the appropriate arctic animals, and God gets the story he wanted for his Bible.

The film is notable for having a rather non-religious interpretation of Noah's Ark, and for being incredibly raunchy and loaded with references to sex.


Despite having an English dub, it didn't get an American release until 2014, when Shout! Factory issued a Bowdlerized, family-friendly version under the Market-Based Title Noah's Ark.


  • Alpha Bitch: Bruma.
  • Bears Are Bad News: There is a bear in Dagnio's gang.
  • Buxom Is Better: This seems to be the reason why Xiro falls for Panthy when he first sees her. Earlier in the film, most of Xiro's choices for a travel partner (i.e. him not realising he's supposed to be choosing a mate for after the flood) that are reviewed by Kairel are also described as having "big boobs, no brains".
  • Carnivore Confusion: Even the humans threaten to eat some of the animals (even the elephant) late in the film.
  • Cats Are Mean: While the lion characters subvert this, Panthy and Dagnio play this straight.
  • Chocolate Baby: One of Noah's sons is black even though he and his wife are white—which is a clever inside joke for anyone who's familiar with the old theory that Ham was the ancestor of African peoples.
  • Death by Irony: Among other things, Bruma insults Kairel for being fat. Seconds later, she's crushed and sent into the waters below by a hippopotamus.
  • Disney Death: Bruma is seen in the afterlife for a few seconds.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: "The door to my heart, and room, are wide open."
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Xiro's assistant and best friend is Bombay, a Camp Straight orangutan.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Bruma gets a really nasty one: she is crushed to death by a hippopotamus. Several other characters (like Xiro's parents and a unicorn) drown in the flood.
  • Fan Disservice: The chicken stripper, if you look REALLY close, you can see that she has boobs before she takes off her top, but they disappear in the next shots. Please note she does not even have a humanlike body type unlike Panthy.
  • Feathered Fiend: There is a vulture in Dagnio's gang.
  • Fluffy Cloud Heaven
  • Gainaxing: Quite noticeable in a few instances with Panthy.
  • God: God appears as a big, blond, black man with slanted blue eyes.
  • God Is Evil: If you actually apply logic to his reasons why he flooded the Earth. He did it because he thought it would make The Bible a more interesting read, treating the destruction of the entire world and all of its people as an interesting plot twist.
  • Go Seduce My Archnemesis: Panthy's role in the story is pretty much to seduce Xiro, so that Dagnino can frame him and take over leadership.
  • Hartman Hips: All the females in this movie, with Kairel's considerably large butt taking the cake.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Panthy has gained this reaction even from those not part of the Furry Fandom.
  • Hero of Another Story: Noah and Xiro function as this towards one another.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Kairel most closely fits this. She is chubbier than the other female characters insomuch as that her hips, butt, and belly are more pronounced. She is repeatedly called out for this by other characters, but in actuality is far from obese and actually not <that> much bigger than the other female leads are.
  • Idiot Hero: Xiro. It takes him until he's already on the Ark after the world has been flooded to realise that he's not simply on a fancy cruise vacation, and that the world he knew is over. Half of that was because of the message being delivered to the lions was accidentally ripped in two, giving him only the details about the boat. The other half is down to him being clueless. Then there's how easily it takes to sway his attention with a certain female body-type, overtaking any such instincts as common sense. He does manage to mature over the course of the story, however.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: Whilst all the prominent female characters in this film have big hips, Panthy's the one who most fits this trope, having big hips and a thin waist, but also a very prominent bust. Of course, given what she's in the film for this isn't too surprising.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: In the beginning we see polar bears, who complain about the jungle heat. Later on they and a few other arctic animals are dropped off at the North Pole.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Bombay, Xiro's assistant. He wears a lavender handkercheif around his neck, has a falsetto voice, and is the only one on the boat who has a lavishly decorated room in pastels. Then, you see his female mate...who has a deep voice and looks very masculine.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Panthy, with her large buttocks and breasts.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: Noah's words of support to the dove he sends out with the olive branch are interpreted by Xiro in the brig as a message from God to take action.
  • Plot Hole: There is supposed to be a male and female pair for each animal, but Panthy has no mate.
    • Considering her opening song, it wouldn't be outside possibility to say she ate him. Which leads to some considerable Fridge Logic—namely, if she's the only panther left, how is she supposed to repopulate?
  • Replacement Goldfish: Zig-zagged. First Xiro is with Bruma, then when she's killed by a hippopotamus he gets with Kairel just because she's the only lioness around, then he gets with Panthy who turned out to be using him, then he ends up with Kairel for good.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: There is a crocodile in Dagnio's gang.
  • Savage Wolves: There is a wolf in Dagnio's gang.
  • Sexy Cat Person: Panthy, the hot Femme Fatale panther.
  • Spoiled Brat: Prince Xiro.
  • Talking Animal: Obviously, but only among themselves. They are forbidden to talk to humans by an unnamed law.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Farfan and Esther, the corrupt couple who sneak onto the arc
  • Toilet Humor: A few scenes, most notably at least two detailed shots of a massive pile of animal crap. Really.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: The two storylines rarely intersect, if only briefly and indirectly.
  • Weight Woe: Kairel is somewhat self-conscious about her weight, in no small part due to other characters calling her out over it (Bruma and later Dagnio). She even straight up asks Xiro if he has a problem with her because she's 'fat'.
  • Villain Song: Panthy sings a very...different version of "I Will Survive".
  • Visual Pun: The chicken stripper. Chicken strips, anyone?
  • You Are Fat: From Bruma to Kairel in her only appearance before getting crushed by a hippo:
    Now that you're going to die from drowning, I'd love to tell you a few things. First of all, I've always hated your efficiency and intelligence, and in case you don't know what a mirror is, You. Are. Fat.


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