and Goliath, a stop-motion animated television series for
children, was first broadcast in 1960. The show focused on Davey
Hansen and his talking dog Goliath, who acted as Davey's conscience.
Storylines carried uplifting, moral lessons on topics such as
responsibility, care for the environment, acceptance of all people,
and other valuable lessons designed to affirm a child's faith in God
in an entertaining way.
Art & Ruth Clokey, creators
of the well-known Gumby & Pokey series, made the Davey and
Goliath programs using doll-like figures with animated faces.
Eventually, the cast of the show grew to more than twenty characters.
In all, 65 15-minute
episodes and six half-hour specials were produced by the former
Lutheran Church in America (one of three church bodies that merged
to form the ELCA in 1988). For 20 years, as many as 183 television
stations broadcast the episodes on Saturday and Sunday mornings by
1980. Davey and Goliath won several
Gabriel Awards and was featured in the International and
American Film Festivals. Episodes continue to run on 15 - 20 cable
stations across the country.
The nostalgia craze
has helped Davey and Goliath remain popular with the Baby
Boomer demographic. The pair has been referenced on such programs
as The Daily Show, Will and Grace, Project Green Light, The
Simpsons, Friends and Mad TV, as well as in films such
as Dead Man Walking, Frailty and Dogma. With ELCA
permission, PepsiCo used the Davey characters in a commercial for
the soft drink Mountain Dew in 2002. A number of Davey products
have also been licensed: plush and bendable toys, bobble heads,
keychains, tee shirts, ties, magnets, buttons, stickers, lanyards
All funds raised by
the various contracts noted in this summary go into an ELCA
savings account for new Davey and Goliath production.
Two new 30-second television ad spots featuring Davey and Goliath
were recently created by Art and Joe Clokey for the ELCA. One
promotes the Davey and Goliath Web site and the other
promotes the ELCA's outreach Web site,
The spots can be viewed here on the Davey and Goliath Web site.
They will be used by cable outlets when airing existing episodes
of the show. Congregations and synods of the ELCA can use them for
outreach advertising. E-mail the ELCA Department for Communication
DaveyandGoliath@elca.org or call 800/638-3522, ext 2951 to use
these spots on your local broadcast or cable television outlet.
In front of 40,000
high-school age and adult Lutherans, Davey and Goliath appeared on
stage at the
ELCA Youth Gathering. A new 90-second Davey and Goliath video
on baptism, created by the Wreckless Abandon studios which also
animated the Mountain Dew commercial, was part of the Youth
In 2003, ABC
television affiliates across the USA and Canada showed, "Oh
Davey!...History of the 'Davey and Goliath' Television Series."
This one- hour documentary traces the history of Davey and Goliath
from its origins in 1958 to the present.
Augsburg Fortress, the
former publishing house of the ELCA, featured Davey and Goliath in their 2004 Vacation Bible School
(VBS) curriculum themed “Davey and Goliath’s Camp Creation”. With
an overwhelming response to the 2004 curriculum and strong demand
for additional Davey and Goliath related materials, Augsburg
Fortress will feature Davey and Goliath in their 2005 VBS
curriculum themed “Davey
and Goliath's Circus Spectacular."
Davey and Goliath's Snowboard
Christmas , a modern-day one-hour Christmas special
completed in 2004 and the first new Davey and Goliath production
in over 30 years, broadcast on the Hallmark Channel in December
2004, creating a national sensation and garnering hundreds of
press articles throughout North America. A review by the
Associated Press's television writer David Bauder appeared in more than 175
newspapers across the USA and Canada. Hollywood's Daily Variety
and many other newspapers carried their own story. On television,
Snowboard Christmas was mentioned on Access Hollywood
and MSNBC as well as Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. A more
complete listing of Davey media attention, which has included past
mentions in TV Guide, Entertainment Weekly, Spin and
Slate magazines, can be found online. This
fabulous program was produced by Clokey Productions, creators of
Gumby and the original producers of the classic Davey and Goliath
series. Arrangements are underway for the re-broadcast and
wide-scale release on DVD and home entertainment of Davey and
Goliath’s Snowboard Christmas for Christmas season 2005.
Read a brief description of what lies ahead for 2005.
Our goal is to bring
the important moral and spiritual messages of Davey and Goliath
to 21st century children and their parents.