"Escape from Danger"
Give-A-Show Projector slides
Produced by Kenner, 1974
The clan must escape from an erupting
Watch the video slide show available on the Give-A-Show blog
These strips came inside the box for the
Give-A Show projector, a cheapo children's toy from the '70s
that uses a flashlight bulb to project premade filmstrips onto
the wall. The box in which it came loudly proclaims "Featuring
Valley of the Dinosaurs" with a little cartoon of Gorok
and John Butler observing an erupting volcano.
The filmstrip does not have
a title. I chose to use the title given by Jon Knutson on his
Give-A-Show blog page.
In the second frame, a very spindly and bat-like Pteranodon
is seen flying in the background.
In the fourth frame, someone in a dark blue shirt is running
past. I guess it's supposed to be Greg; maybe one of his spare
shirts survived the family's entrance into the valley in
"Arrival", because the shirt
he's always seen wearing in other stories is maroon-ish.
In the seventh frame, the lava seeping over the cone of the
volcano is blue (later, as it flows over the ground, the lava is
red)! I guess if the 1990's Land of the Lost
"Kevin vs. the Volcano" can have green lava, we can forgive
Valley of the Dinosaurs for having some blue!
During the course of the filmstrip, our heroes seem to escape
quite a ways down the river away from the erupting volcano. Yet,
the river is still described as boiling away around them due to
the lava entering it!
In frame 13, John and Gorok have seemingly magically whipped up
a pulley within moments to pull their clan up into the tree, out
In frame 14, notice that the silhouettes of Digger and Glump are
depicted sitting in the tree branches along with the humans.