No Real Animals Aboard Hollywood Noah's Ark
Are we at a tipping point in the use of wildlife in the movies?
One of the requisite qualities for any director undertaking the epic Old Testament tale of Noah's ark—and burning through $120 million of studio money in the process—is a God complex. In Noah, which opens nationwide March 28, director Darren Aronofsky actually revises God's creations.
According to the Book of Genesis, the God of Abraham commanded that Noah's ark be filled with "two of every kind" of animal, bird, and creature that moves along the ground. But Aronofsky had a different idea about how the animals boarding the ark two by two should look. He created his own computer-generated imagery (CGI) of the animal kingdom, featuring creatures "slightly tweaked" so they don't resemble anything alive in the jungle today.