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Noah's Island is a British/French animated children's television series made by the creators of The Animals of Farthing Wood and commissioned by the European Broadcasting Union. It was directed by Philippe Leclerc and Alan Simpson, and written by Elphin Lloyd-Jones and John M. Mills. Each of the 39 episodes ran for 28 minutes.

The story centers around a group of animals gathered on a floating island led by Noah, a polar bear. Noah is determined to turn the island into a safe haven for all animals and to steer it in the direction of Diamantina, a paradise in the Indian Ocean unsullied by humans.


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  • Beary Friendly: Noah the polar bear is a noble leader who always wants to do his best by the island's community and help whatever animal might come his way.
  • Beary Funny: Noah, Ursula, and Chang.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Noah is the wise and caring leader of his community but he has moments where he can be fierce and angry at those who ruin his community.
    • Sascha is one of the most friendliest animals on the island but he can still lose his cool every now and then at others.
    • Woomera also. She's a nurse and cares a great deal for others but won't hesitate to try and knock some sense into some like Rocco and Reg.
  • Butt-Monkey: Nearly every character suffers this one way or another but Sparky, Sascha, Reg and Mammothsbody are prime examples.
  • The Chew Toy: Sparky the White Rabbit. His incidents are generally played up for laughs the most.
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  • Deadpan Snarker: Quite a few characters, actually.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • In the season 3 finale, the Diamantina frogs, who started out as the villains, turned over a new leaf after realising Noah and the animals wanted to live on Diamantina rather than ruin it.
    • In the episode "Aye-Aye Captainski" an aye-aye named Calanor started out villainous and wanted to take over Noah's island. After Noah manages to clear the island of locusts Calanor decides to abandon his evil plans and join the animals.
  • Human Popsicle: Salomi and Mammothsbody are two mammoths who were frozen in the ice age. They thawed out in the series' present time and guide Noah in his journey, as they were the first ones to know about Diamantina.
  • It's All About Me: Reg was like this in the first season due to believing he was "almost human". It was toned down in later seasons.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Reg started out as quite the Jerkass in the first season but he slowly started to show his softer side in later seasons.
    • Rocco can have his moments of jerk-ish behaviour but he's still a good guy at heart.
    • Ursula the Bear can also be quite self-centered and mean at times but she does care for others a great deal, especially her best friend Chang.
    • In season 3, Gorm the Mammoth starts out as rather aggressive and a complete jerk to the animals when they arrive to Diamantina but as the season went on we see more of his softer side.
  • Kangaroos Represent Australia: Woomera
  • Last of His Kind: Doo-Dah the dodo, although he was in denial of this at first.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to The Animals of Farthing Wood this show was a lot more cartoony and more humorous. Though there were still some episodes that had mature themes, like the episode where the Grandfather elephant passed away, even around his young grandson.
  • The Lost Lenore: Rocco's character arc revolves around not being able to get over his mate's death when the cargo ship they were both on sank in episode 1.
  • Martial Pacifist: Goosey the mongoose
  • "Noah's Story" Arc: With a protagonist called Noah and the concept of the series being about a moving island filled with animals searching for an unpolluted home, the parallels to the biblical Noah and his ark are obvious.
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: Chang the giant panda
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Subverted with the Komodo dragon from "Rocco Fights a Dragon". It was just hungry.
  • Scavengers Are Scum: Averted with the Vulture Patrol.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Aardvark, proboscis monkey, mandrill, desman, bandicoot, aye-aye, golden mole, baboon, striped hyena, wombat, hyrax, Komodo dragon, wallaby, pangolin, mongoose, sloth, and Spix's macaw.
  • Those Two Guys: Rocco and Reg can be like this from time to time.
  • Traveling Landmass: The floating island that most of the show takes place on. A meteor caused it to break off from the mainland, and its crater created a volcano that allows the island to move. At first its course is random, then Noah figures out a way to steer it the way he wants it to.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Ursula and Chang.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Woomera and Rocco argue and snark at each other a lot, but often prove that they care about each other deep down. Ursula and Chang are the same.
  • Warm-Hearted Walrus: The Problem Walrus is wise and serves as the Island's counselor.


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