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All Creatures Big and Small, also known as Two by Two in the UK and Ooops! Noah is Gone... in the rest of the world, is a 2015 animated film based somewhat off of the story of Noah's Ark.

A great flood is coming, and all the animals are in danger! Thankfully, a nice human named Noah built an ark for them to take shelter in. Finny, who is a fictional species of animal called a Nestrian, is among the animals who go to the Ark, along with Leah, who is a fictional species of vaguely dog-like predator called a Grymp. However, Finny and Leah end up wandering away from the Ark and end up missing it when it sets sail, and Finny's dad and Leah's mom are still in the ark, forcing Finny and Leah to try to get back to the ark, and avoid a pair of griffins who want to eat them, all by themselves. They also meet Obesey, a giant whale, and Stayput, his parasite friend, both of whom join them on their way back to the ark.


Not to be confused with All Creatures Great and Small.

All Creatures Big and Small provides examples of:

  • Alliterative Title: One of the film's alternate titles, Two by Two, counts as such.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: The Nestrians. Finny is neon orange, Dave is vivid purple, and both of them have bright blue bioluminescent stripes.
  • Bamboo Technology: Finny somehow creates a semi-functional glider capable of briefly carrying a whale's weight from sticks, vines, and leaves. And it was supposed to be a sunshade.
  • Big Bad: The griffins are constantly trying to catch Finny and his friends to eat for dinner.
  • Bioluminescence is Cool: Finny and Dave's stripes glow in the dark. Leah is less than impressed at first, but the ability comes in handy quite a bit.
  • Cartoon Creature: The Nestrian and the Grymp species.
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  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: In the final scene, the lion captain and his main crew wonder if there would have been this much trouble if they'd explained why the Nestrians weren't on the list in the first place.
  • Crystal Landscape: The cave the animals sleep in the second night of the flood is filled with reflective crystals. Finny later takes advantage of this by using his reflection as a decoy against the Griffins.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen:
    • Leah gradually becomes nicer and more caring, due to her growing friendship with Finny.
    • Hazel, to a lesser extent; by the end of the film, she is less cold and aloof toward her daughter.
  • Disney Death:
    • Finny nearly drowns near the end of the film, but he turns out to be perfectly fine.
    • Obesey and Stayput fall off a cliff earlier and are presumed dead, not reappearing for several scenes.
  • Foreshadowing: There are some subtle hints regarding the Nestrians' true nature throughout the course of the film:
    • The reason Finny and Dave live alone and believe they may be the last of their kind is because the rest are living underwater.
    • This is also why they weren't allowed on the Ark; because they didn't need protection from the flood, as the water is their natural habitat.
    • Their bioluminescence and ink production are both traits founds in certain sea creatures.
  • The Ghost: Noah and his family are only mentioned, and never seen.
  • Is This Thing Still On?: The ark's lion captain has this pointed out to him as he makes this statement to the ark's passengers:
    Captain: May I also remind you that this is a non-carnivorous voyage. Thank you for your understanding. I could really go for some giraffe right about now...
    Flamingo: Captain, you're still on air!
    Captain: Whoops...
  • Just Desserts: The Griffins are ultimately swallowed by Obesey.
  • Market-Based Title: Has at least three. The UK title is Two by Two, the US title is All Creatures Big and Small, and in the rest of the world the film goes by the title Ooops! Noah is Gone....
  • Meaningful Name: Nestrians are stated to be a species of animal that is good at building their own nests. Note the "nest" in the name "Nestrian".
  • Misplaced Wildlife: In-universe example. Nestrians are amphibious, with anatomy heavily adapted for living underwater, but Finny and Dave somehow ended up living in the middle of a desert.
  • Nice Guy: Both Finny and Dave are really sweet and caring.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The "Griffins" look more like prehistoric bats.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Finny and his dad are rejected from the Ark for not being on the Ark's animal list, so they dress up in Grymp costumes in an attempt to get on the ark. It actually works.
  • Sapient Eat Sapient: The sapient vultures plan to eat the sapient Finny and his gang.
  • Shout-Out: The griffins build an unstable stone bridge, in hopes that Finny's group try to walk on it and fall off, allowing them to catch them for dinner. The stones comprising the bridge end up falling on them like Tetris blocks, and when the rocks form a horizontal line it disappears, just like in the game. There's even a knockoff version of the game's iconic theme that plays during this scene!
  • Smoke Out: The Nestrians' ink works as this, whether on land or underwater.
  • Sudden Video-Game Moment: When Dave and Hazel are discussing how to escape from the brig and reach the captain of the Ark, Dave's Imagine Spot takes the form of a children 8-bits video game, while Hazel's own is a move violent first-person fighting game.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: The Griffins just don't give up, pursuing the heroes past all semblance of sanity.
  • Talking Animal: The entire cast of the film comprises talking animals.

Alternative Title(s): Two By Two, Ooops Noah Is Gone