Davey and Goliath - Small boy and his
dog on the religious program DAVEY AND GOLIATH/SYN/1960-65
produced for the National Council of Churches/Lutheran Churches in
The story followed the adventures of a ten-year-old boy named
Davey Hanson and his talking dog Goliath (who only spoke to his
The plotlines dealt with faith, race relations, loneliness,
sickness, laziness, stealing, death, honesty, and other social
responsibilities that challenged all youngsters.
Filmed by a stop-action photography process called "Pixillation,"
the program's sixty-five 15-minute episodes were produced by Art
Clokey, the creator of GUMBY.
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 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" See also - "Gumby"
and PUPPET DOGS - "Goliath"
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