A Jurassic Ark Mystery
Family / Children
45 min / 2001
Six Short Days, One Big Adventure
Family / Children
38 min / 2002
The folks at the creationist organization Answers In Genesis have created two frenetic kids’ videos that feature a robot dinosaur sidekick and comic hijinks. What more could you want?
In the first episode, Jurassic Ark Mystery, the Creation Adventure Team is out to discover when the dinosaurs died, how they lived, and whether there were any on Noah’s Ark. We are treated to non-stop action, decent special effects, a number of clever spoofs, and a talking robot dinosaur named Proto. Renowned dinosaur sculptor Buddy Davis, his teenage friend Ivan, and of course Proto, explore a dinosaur museum and show how these “terrible lizards” did indeed fit on the ark. A Jurassic Ark Mystery is one of the most entertaining creationism videos available for children.
The only video that might be better is the sequel: Six Short Days, One Big Adventurer where the crew helps a student give a presentation to her public school classmates about how God created everything.
The videos come with a pile of extras. Our family spent at least half an hour afterward looking through them all, with our favorite being the features on how they brought the robot Proto to “life.”
The only one I can think of is that, as is pretty typical for a Buddy Davis production, the action here is a little on the frantic side of things. Davis is clearly focused on keeping the kids engaged, but I’ve heard a parent or two complain about just how hyper this all seems.
This is a video that would be fantastic for parents to watch with their kids – it is informative and entertaining! But for parents who can’t deal with too much hyperactivity on the big screen, you’ll want to steer clear. They say this is for ages 7-12, but our 5-year-old really liked it too, and even our 3-year-old was content enough to stick around for the whole show.
While these are available on some Christian streaming services (and on DVD), Answers in Genesis has made both available for free online viewing, though they’ve broken them up into several chapters. That isn’t the best way to watch them but it is a great way for parents to get a preview – watch them for free at the links below: