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Davey and GoliathThe Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is set for the production of a new “Davey and Goliath” television special for December 2003. Davey and Goliath is a popular stop-motion animated children series created by the Lutheran church and aired on commercial television in the 1950s through the early 1980s.

“The basic story outline is about tolerance, understanding and respect. Davey learns about the religious and cultural practices of his friends Benji, who is Jewish, and Yasmeen, who is Muslim. The story takes place just before Christmas and includes material about Hanukkah and Ramadan. The story’s action is centered around what happens when Davey and his friends go snow boarding and, of course, get into trouble. As always, Goliath ends up saving the day,” said Kristi S. Bangert, director for marketing and interpretation, ELCA Department for

The television special “will be ground-breaking in stop-motion animation,” according to Joe Clokey, president of Premavision, Inc. (Clokey Productions). Clokey said the action sequence involving Davey and his friends snow boarding “will blow people’s minds. We’re doing things that will make the extreme-sports crowd very excited. The storyline is very powerful and will be combined with a backdrop of adventure,” he said.

In its original broadcast, Davey and Goliath episodes contained a Christian-oriented moral or theme. Programs were produced through a partnership involving the Lutheran church and Art and Ruth Clokey. Sixty-five 15-minute episodes and six half-hour specials were created. Davey and Goliath was geared toward children and is well-known to many
of today’s so-called “baby boomers,” Shafer said.

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