Davey and Goliath.
April 13, 2001 8:36 AM   Subscribe

Davey and Goliath. When I watched this show as a kid, I had no idea it was pushing so much religion at me. Still... memories right? The Clips are pretty low quality in .mov format. Bless you Davey, let's pray.
posted by the_ill_gino (16 comments total)

Really? Even at that age, I was thinking "Jesus Freaks". Of course that was long before I found (and then quickly lost) God.
posted by jpoulos at 8:41 AM on April 13, 2001

I wouldn't watch that show as a kid. Give me Gumby any day! (Oh, speaking of Gumby, did you know the lump on his head is a reference to Buddhism? Guess how! It's a game! You'll love it! Your kids will love it! Everyone loves it! It causes us to spasm with joy! Don't swallow your tongue!)
posted by sonofsamiam at 8:43 AM on April 13, 2001

I always found something odd and slightly off-putting about a show pushing Judeo-Christian feel-good religion which featured a talking dog. Now Manson & Goliath I could see, but...
posted by bradlands at 9:22 AM on April 13, 2001

The same animators who did Gumby did D&G.
posted by ParisParamus at 9:29 AM on April 13, 2001

Does anyone else remember a D&G spoof involving Davey going to prison and Goliath turning out to be the evil voice in his mind? Or something along those lines...my memory is very fuzzy, but I do recall laughing my ass off.
posted by frykitty at 9:42 AM on April 13, 2001

It's vague to me, too, frykitty, but part of me wants to say it was a Robert Smigel "TV Funhouse" from SNL. Anyone know for sure?
posted by jpoulos at 10:47 AM on April 13, 2001

yeh, that was a Funhouse thing on SNL, jpoulos.

Not to deride your observation skills here, gino, but how much clearer could the religious message have been? Then again, I had a similar experience when someone finally hipped me to the glaring allegory of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. I mean it was just so subtle when Aslan rose from the dead :)

Anyone care for some Turkish Delight?
posted by Kafkaesque at 11:03 AM on April 13, 2001

"Even at that age, I was thinking..."
"Not to deride your observation skills here, gino, but..."

To be fair, gino didn't mention a specific age. "Kid" to some can be anywhere from 18 months to 13 years old. I know that as a little kid I didn't see the religion aspect of D&G. Eventually though I started thinking, "Hey, wait a minute..."
posted by gluechunk at 11:34 AM on April 13, 2001

I certainly don't think ill of gino for not noticing. I just remember that when I used to watch it (in the late-70s, between the ages of, say, 7 and 11) I was very aware of it. Maybe it was because Davey always went to church and asked his pastor for advice. I was technically Catholic, but I never went to church. Maybe if I had gone to church regularly, seeing it on TV wouldn't have struck me as odd.
posted by jpoulos at 12:11 PM on April 13, 2001

frykitty, jpoulos, Kafkaesque: Was that the one where Goliath said (in his droopy/preachy Goliath voice): "The rivers will run red with blood of the unbelievers, Davey" ? (Or was it the voice in my head, even though (a) my name's not Davey, and (b) my voice tends to speak more in terms of cleansing firestorms than rivers of blood?)
posted by whuppy at 1:00 PM on April 13, 2001

Wasn't Davey a Lutheran?
posted by bunnyfire at 1:10 PM on April 13, 2001

Trivia: The doorbell at the Flanders' house on The Simpsons plays the theme to D&G.
posted by bradlands at 2:03 PM on April 13, 2001

The parody aired on MAD tv. I wish I could find it online...
posted by aaron at 2:28 PM on April 13, 2001

Right you are, whuppy.

Unless, of course, Goliath sprang from the mind of his creator like an evil fully formed tumor a-la Videodrome and created the reality in which we currently dwell...where you and everyone else hear his voice constantly in their heads. "Whuuuuuuppyyy!" the voice intones..."You wiiiilll read MetaFilter instead of doing your jooooob"

At least the space aliens speaking through my teeth speak in a slightly higher register than Goliath. All that monotone droning could get to you after a while. Like having M. Gira droning away in there.

Is there a moral here? Yes: Don't get a large Diedrich's coffee at 2 in the afternoon!
posted by Kafkaesque at 2:35 PM on April 13, 2001

Damn, you're right aaron.

Space aliens feeding me bad info again. And they're usually really good on pop culture references.
posted by Kafkaesque at 2:37 PM on April 13, 2001

Was watching the Gumby movie tonight. Great stuff--Art Clokey's a genius, believe you me. But anyway, there's a bunch of stuff in the credits about Swami Muktananda and Swami Satya Sai Baba, which says that *something* happened in Clokey-land since his Davey and Goliath days. Anyone know what's up there?
posted by rodii at 8:26 PM on April 14, 2001

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