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Davey and Goliath: The Lost Episodes (DVD Review)

30 Mar, 2009 By: John Latchem

Davey and Goliath

Street 4/7/09
$24.99 DVD
Not rated.

The quirky and memorable 1960s animated series “Davey and Goliath” can be counted among the legendary children’s shows of all time.

The show was crafted by Art Clokey, the creative force behind Gumby, and produced by the Lutheran Church, giving it a strong Christian flavor without being overt. Each episode, rendered with crude but classic stop-motion animation, offers a morality play that relates life lessons to the mischief into which young Davey and his dog Goliath are always getting.

The stories deal with such topics as friendship, sharing and forgiveness, and even deeper issues such as racism. Many of the episodes are still relevant and effective more than 40 years later.

This set includes 10 episodes that for whatever reason haven’t been released on DVD yet, possibly due to controversial subject matter or a feeling that they were too politically incorrect.

Two episode titles have been changed for home video. “Ten Little Indians” is now known as “Ten Pin Alley,” and “The Gang” is now called “The Jickets.” Other episodes include “Cousin Barney,” “Polka Dot Tie,” “The Pilgrim Boy,” “Down on the Farm,” “Help,” “Louder Please,” “The Watchdogs” and “What’s His Name.”

The episodes are in good shape and are a must-have for fans and collectors.

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