Thursday, January 1, 2009

a clay boy and his dog

Davey & Goliath was a faith based stop-motion animated feature produced by those wacky Evangelical Lutherans back in the 1950's-60's. Gumby was probably the most popular stop-motion animation feature of that day. It was Gumby's creator Art Clokey who was approached by the Lutheran Church to develop Davey & Goliath. Every episode of Davey & Goliath had a lesson encouraging civic responsibility or a spiritual - moral lesson. The shows were not preachy - but rather wrapped the a lesson in an entertaining story much like the show Leave It To Beaver. Looking back, I kind of get the idea that the clay character Davey was based on the young Beaver actor, Jerry Mathers.

Davey & Goliath has been recently spoofed in a show called Moral Orel. Morel Orel is visually a tighter production than the earlier stop-action work of Clokey - but it's intent is quiet the opposite of the likes of Davey & Goliath. The show Morel Orel is more of a back handed and unfunny slap of anything positive and moral productions that came out of the 50's and 60's.

I personally like Davey & Goliath, for all it's campiness. The show was aired locally (Etowah County) on Sundays. I enjoyed watching them when ever I got to stay home from church. I don't remember ever seeing it on any other day but Sunday.
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