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Davey and Goliath

Davey and Goliath

May 09, 2011 – (Rock Rapids, IA) – Fifty years after its television debut, the beloved Christian cartoon Davey and Goliath is back in a commemorative set of Volumes 1-6 now available from Bridgestone Multimedia Group™.

In 1960, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America began producing a stop-motion animated television series for children. Produced by Gumby creators Art Clokey and Ruth Clokey Goodell, the shows followed Davey Hansen and his talking dog, Goliath, as they learned biblical lessons about being responsible, caring for the environment, and accepting others. Now, you can rejoin these wholesome characters in this refurbished 50th anniversary edition that features 36 episodes on six DVDs, including nine hours of quality entertainment for the whole family.

Bridgestone Multimedia Group press release

That’s quality family entertainment – a boy and his dog guiding us through decent moral principles. (“I don’t know, Davey….”) We haven’t seen anything like this since the Cosby Show.  

It’s interesting that the “biblical lessons” which are remembered from the 1960s series now include “caring for the environment” and “accepting others”. There’s a wee lesson in reception:

In my lifetime I have seen, among evangelical Christians, a new emphasis on environmental awareness, on physical fitness, on community formation, and changes in gender ideology. All of these changes reflected trends in the larger cultural environment, but all were incorporated into evangelical Christians’ authoritative discourse by being expounded from the Bible, as what the Bible had always said.

– Brian Malley, “Understanding the Bible’s Influence,” pages 194-204 in James S. Bielo, ed., The Social Life of Scriptures: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Biblicism (Rutgers, 2009), 202-203.