Opening 24 Sep 2020
In 2015 the animated film Ooops! Noah is Gone (Die Arche ist Weg) entertained us with a story about animals boarding Noah’s ark in order to escape the flood. Leonard the lion was the boss with the difficult responsibility of controlling all of the animals, some of which were “unusual.” We met Dave and his son Finny, both Nestrians: brightly colored with an elephant’s trunk and large ears and the ability to blow out blue gas. Hazel and her daughter Leah were Grymps and looked like a cross between a cat and a raccoon.
Now they are back, still on the ark, where Dave is the ship’s cook; his specialty is a gooey green sauce. However, food is running low. They send out the seagull to search for land. In the meantime, other problems arise. The children Finny and Leah are washed overboard; they set off on their self-made raft, hoping to make their way back to the ark. Along the way, they pick up a new friend: a jelly fish named – you guessed it - Jelly. Meanwhile the parents realize that the kids are missing. The search takes them on adventures where they discover an island and a colony of hundreds of Nestrians who had rejected the idea of boarding an ark and live independently underwater in a “fantasy colony.” Now the big threat is no longer a flood, but fire, a volcano.
This sequel to the original Oops! continues to entertain with imaginative animation of all sorts of animals in wonderful color, some looking like your favorite stuffed toy. Once again, Finny and Leah must learn to act “adult,” to take responsibility; family ties are priceless. Also important, no matter one’s provenance, one must cooperate for the well-being of the group. A fun film for anyone five years or older. (Becky Tan)