Art Clokey, the creator of Gumby, produced this syndicated Religious Edutainment series in the early 1960s for one of the predecessors of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It centered on a young boy named Davey Hansen and his talking dog, Goliath. When Goliath speaks, only Davey can hear him. More information: http://www.daveyandgoliath.org/The Simpsons episodes "Bart the Lover", "Simpsons Bible Stories", "HOMR" and "Ned 'n' Edna's Blend" all include mocking references to Davey and Goliath. [adult swim]'s Moral Orel started as a direct parody (minus the dog and plus some Black Comedy), but eventually blossomed into something more, at least until it was Screwed by the Network.
This series provides examples of:
- An Aesop
- The All-American Boy: Davey.
- Animated Series
- Black Best Friend: Jonathan Reed is one of the earliest examples.
- Blind Black Guy: An episode involving Jonathan's cousin, who was temporarily blind after an operation.
- Character Celebrity Endorsement: Davey and Goliath appeared in a Mountain Dew ad in the early 2000s. The ELCA used the profits from the ad to make Davey and Goliath's Snowboard Christmas.
- Four-Fingered Hands
- Real Song Theme Tune: "A Mighty Fortress is Our God", a hymn written by Martin Luther in the 16th century.
- Talking Animal: Goliath.
- Totally Radical: Davey and Goliath's Snowboard Christmas, a special produced by the ELCA in 2004.
- Wham Episode: The Easter special episode, where Davey's grandmother dies.