Magazine article The Christian Century

Davey and Goliath May Return to TV

Magazine article The Christian Century

Davey and Goliath May Return to TV

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Before the dancing produce of VeggieTales, there was a little boy named Davey Hansen and his talking dog, Goliath, who spread Christian themed moral parables via an animated series. Now Davey and Goliath may be returning to television.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is trying to revive the beloved children's series Davey and Goliath by marketing and selling existing episodes to raise funds to produce new ones.

The ELCA recently entered an agreement with two companies and the series' creators, Art and Ruth Clokey, who also created the Gumbey and Pokey characters. One company, Heat Licensing of Sequiem, Washington, will create Davey and Goliath merchandise to raise money--and possibly try to convince the Walt Disney Company to sign on to the project. Another company, Program Source International, of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, will market existing programs.

Davey and Goliath developed a loyal following from the 1960s to the early 1980s with the "stop-motion" animation that was similar to claymation technology. Using characters made from foam rubber, the studio could produce one minute of usable film per day and about one 15-minute episode per month. …

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