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
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
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?
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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