Sunday, September 30, 2007

Davey & Goliath: The lost episodes

The Wittenburg Door points out that last Tuesday was...
the release of the lost episodes of Davey and Goliath.

(Because this happened on the same day that Halo 3 was released by Microsoft, many of you may have missed this news).

Surely you remember the series with a focus on moral quandries, produced in the 1960s by the Lutherans and created by Art Clokey, the guy who brought us Gumby. (A side note--Davey's close friend, Jonathan Reed, was African-American, perhaps the first African-American character to appear in a television cartoon, and one of the first African-American characters to appear as a friend of a television show's lead character.)

Nevertheless, the lost episodes include some that were removed because of political correctness issues--"Ten Little Indians" (withdrawn because of the use of the term "Indians"), "The Gang" (removed for violence), "The Watchdogs" (violence again), and "Down on the Farm" (for nudity--Davey goes skinny dipping, if you can believe it).

Here's a Quicktime movie in which Goliath tangles with a robot.

They don't make 'em like this anymore, unless you include the soulless Veggie Tales.
Check out the wikipedia article for details on all the episodes. I grew up watching these guys. The creator Art Clokey, also created the Gumby: IMDb and Pokey series.

2 comments:

michael lewis said...

The age gap is shrinking yet again!

I too grew up watching Davey & Goliath.....in syndication.

Ken Webster said...

I defy anyone to show where you can actually purchase one of the "lost episode" DVDs. Starlight Entertainment kept moving the release date all the way from Sept 2006 to Sept 2007. Amazon.com kept listing the 9/25/07 release date...all the way up until 9/26/07 at which point they indicated the item as "currently unavailable". No one is selling this item and there has been no new release date. Starlight Entertainment told me back in June that they had all the entanglements worked out and September 2007 would be the release date. Well, if they "released" it, no one is selling it. Don't hold your breath.