Noah's Island (1997–1999) was an animated TV serial 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 episode, of which there were 39, ran for 28 minutes. Although not as successful as Farthing Wood, it was fairly popular on Saturday mornings, particularly with its younger target audience. The series was praised for its characterization, imaginative storylines and for introducing ecological themes in a way that delighted children.
The series focused on the adventures of a polar bear named Noah (voiced by Ron Moody) and a bunch of other animals who had been captured and were en-route to a new life in London Zoo. However the ship they were on was wrecked in a storm and the animals escaped. They find themselves on a mysterious floating island, a piece of land which has broken away from the Canadian coastline. The island becomes a sanctuary for a number of homeless animals. They work out how to get the island to co-operate with them and set off on a quest to find an uncharted island called Diamentina, while picking up other animals in peril along the way. Once they arrive there, it turns out to be more sinister than they imagined.
Includes a handful of episodes from season 1, in no particular order:
The Lost Zoo
Reg Draws a Map
A Dodo Do-Dah Day
Woomera Runs Away
The Skating Rhinoceros
The Search for the Baby Elephant (file from a damaged disc, cuts off at the end)
The opening bumpers from the discs and multi-lingual interstitals.
Xvid 352x288, from PAL VCD. MP3 audio, english spoken, no subtitles. Some opening text in Malay.