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Goliath - Deep-voiced talking dog and the conscience to a 10-year-old boy on the stop-motion animation series DAVEY AND GOLIATH/SYN/1960-65.

Davey and his dog, Goliath
Davey and his dog, Goliath

Each fifteen-minute tale follows a young Davey Hanson (Dick Beals/Norma McMillan) and his dog Goliath (Hal Smith) as they learn lessons on life and morality. Of course, Goliath only spoke to Davey; to everybody else he just barked and growled.

Goliath and Davey had many adventures together. They went to a museum and Goliath climbed up a dinosaur; Goliath helped Davey build a go-cart for a race; and Goliath rode a carnival roller-coaster and commented "I don't know if I care for this...No I don't care for it."

Besides Davey, Goliath interacted with a number of people, including Davey's parents and his little blond-haired sister Sally; police officer Dan or Bob; Davey's best friend, Jonathon Reed; a paranoid boy named Jimmy and Davey's shy school buddy, Teddy who was afraid of dogs including Goliath [who gets scared easily and doesn't much care for cats].

In all their adventures Goliath always cautioned Davey with the trademark catchphrase "But, Daaavey."

Davey and Goliath's fondness for each other revealed itself once on a camping trip when Goliath asked Davey "Would you like to be a dog" and Davey answered "If I was Goliath." Davey then asked Goliath if he would like to be a boy, and Goliath responded "If I was Davey."

Davy and Goliath reprised their roles in the half-hour specials Christmas Lost and Found (1965), New Year Promise (1967), Happy Easter (1967), School...Who Needs It? (1971), To The Rescue (1975), and Halloween Who-Dun-It? (1977).

TRIVIA NOTE: The series was produced by Clokey Productions (creator of TV's Gumby) for the Lutheran Council of Churches.

The DAVEY & GOLIATH series has become a part of pop culture, with references found on shows like THE SIMPSONS, BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD, MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 and MAD TV.

On THE SIMPSONS cartoon show the Simpson's next-door neighbors [The Flanders] doorbell plays the 'Davey & Goliath' theme song [Episode "Homer Vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment"] and Maude Flanders once remarked about her son Todd "Well, he used to watch 'Davey and Goliath' but he thought the idea of a talking dog was blasphemous" [Episode "Bart "Lover"].

On a MAD TV spoof sketch "Son of Goliath" episode #114 Goliath tells Davey to "Kill, kill, kill." "DAAvey, I need more blood!"

The Goliath character resurfaced as Clay Puppington in 2005 on the Cartoon Network religious stop-motion animated parody MORAL OREL starring Orel, an optimistic God fearing young boy in a world of cynicism. Episode titles included "Christian Hard Rock", "Red Hot Catholic Love", "Do the Handicapped Go to Hell?", "All About Mormons" and "Trapped in the Closet"


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