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(2004), NR [G*] (32.4min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
June 26, 2005
97 out of 100

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(2004), NR [G*] -- ... and 2) that God is forgiving.

Production (US): The Baby Miracle Learning Company
Distribution (US): Hart Sharp Video
Producer(s): A. P. Carson
Puppet Design and Creation: Patti Broussard, Art in the Dark Puppet Factory
Camera: Sadie Sheppard
Narration: Julienne Lewis
Music: Pastor Burns Standfield, Sonya Kim, Nick Greer, Classiclips, The Fourth
Presbyterian Church of South Boston
Viewed on: Hart Sharp Video

Baby Miracle Volume 3: Jonah and the Whale adapts the story of disobedient Jonah being swallowed by a whale [Jonah 1:1 - 2:10] into a bright and colorful format just for toddlers.

The video tells us that Jonah was told by God to go to Nineveh to spread God's Word there because "people were acting badly": that Jonah was afraid to do so and decided to hide on a boat; that God sent a great storm which rocked the boat and Jonah fell into the sea and was eventually swallowed by a whale.

This video is an adaptation. Age-appropriate liberty is taken with some of the facts in the tale of Jonah. You and I know the complete story that Jonah, through fear, tried to run from God by going by boat to Joppa through Tarshish instead of going to Nineveh. We know that By Jonah's disobedience, God sent a great storm while Jonah was in the boat, that the great storm threatened the entire crew and that Jonah was thrown into the sea at his own request in order to calm the sea so the sailors would not be drowned. We know that God indeed did calm the sea when Jonah was thrown overboard then the sailors submitted to God. We also know in the full story that after being swallowed by a great fish, Jonah spent three days and nights in the belly of that great fish to be vomited out after much prayer by Jonah. The video appropriately does not address these harsh matters but adapts the accounting, ostensibly to focus attention on 1) that it is best to listen to God [Luke 11:28] and 2) that God is forgiving [Dan. 9:9].

This video makes the adaptation of the tale of Jonah an educational work of art. The video leads the viewer into imagining what Jonah might have seen as he floundered in the great waters of the sea. Clips of many bright and fascinating sea creatures are provided in an instructional format. Baby Miracle Volume 1, The Story of Creation displays selected elements of the world which God created with a few fish included. Baby Miracle Volume 2, Noah's Ark parades a great number of land and air creatures. Baby Miracle Volume 3: Jonah and the Whale provides a great opportunity for your toddler to learn of the creatures of the ocean.

I suspect the only matters of concern parents might have with this video are 1) that Jonah was, at first, cowardly [Rev. 21:8] and disobedient in performance of God's Work and 2) the story it tells of a man being consumed by a whale. A l-o-t of questions should be expected.

Bonus features include video flashcards of the sea creatures in the video with delayed captioned names, a Joy-Joy sing along and a counting exercise.

By the way, "Nemo" the clownfish is seen swirling in an anemone, just like in Finding Nemo but real in this case.


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  • Luke 11:28 He replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.
  • Dan. 9:9 The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him;
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [cowardly], and ..., shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it].
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among you], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. ["Offend": skandalizo - to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)

    TITLE (Baby Miracle Volume 3: Jonah and the Whale) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • cartoon character being swallowed by a whale

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • Jonah disobeying God

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • none noted

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • First Impressions and

    Christian Educators Association International



    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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