Tuesday, September 06, 2016


When I was a kid I watched Davey And Goliath, a clay animation series produced by the Lutheran Church.  Art Clokey, who created Gumby, was also behind it.  It was about a boy, Davey, and his dog, Goliath.  Each story has Davey learning an important moral lesson.  I don't recall liking it that much, but kids will watch anything animated.

I was flipping around the channels recently and some station (a religious one, no doubt) was running the show.  I stopped to watch.  It was fascinating--not what it taught, but what wasn't considered worth commenting on when it was originally aired over 50 years ago.

There were two separate stories, each fifteen minutes.  One was about a bully.  He hits Goliath with his slingshot, so the bully and Davey start fighting.  Not a little fight--it's two unsupervised kids rolling around on the street, punching each other in the face.  When Davey gets home, they put bandages on him.  No one seems too alarmed.  The main thing they want to know is what the fight was about.

Davey is told to love bullies, not hate them.  Next time he meets up with the bully, he's able to help him out and they become friends.  But if the bully didn't come around, I wonder if it'd be okay to continue that fight.

Even more amazing was the other story.  Davey has lots of chores and feel unappreciated at home, so he plans to run off and join the circus.  And he does!  The circus takes him in and puts him to work.  Meanwhile, his father reads Davey's note explaining where he's gone...and decides to do nothing.  Davey's younger sister Sally wonders if he doesn't love Davey any more, but the dad just says it's best to wait.

Sure enough, Davey tires of the circus.  It's hard work and he's not cut out for the atmosphere.  He returns home, happy to discover his father still wants him back.  So the lesson here is if your kid runs off, don't do anything--he'll discover what's best for him.  And if he discovers he likes the circus better, well, that's one less kid to worry about.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recall it was the only cartoonish type programming available on Sundays (that and reruns of Grambling football for some reason) that we'd watch as our parents slowly got ready for church (1:00 PM mass for all the late sleepers).

I seem to recall one where Davy stumbled across a rocket launch in the country and I don't recall the moral but it scared me for some reason. And if God made a dog talk, why did he give him such a dopey voice? Kind of a prick thing to do.

8:18 AM, September 06, 2016  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not that the dog talks well, it's that he does it at all.

8:29 AM, September 06, 2016  
Blogger ColumbusGuy said...

Actually, I remember Sally. Pretty hot.

3:40 PM, September 07, 2016  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you learned the wrong lesson.

4:26 PM, September 07, 2016  

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