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"Oh Davey! History of the 'Davey and Goliath' Television Series"
See related News story - ELCA News service, 06/17/03

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The ABC Television Network aired a Davey and Goliath documentary this fall produced by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) This program is presented through the National Council of Churches (NCC) and the Interfaith Broadcast Commission (IBC). Click here to see when Oh Davey! aired in your area.

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The program is titled, "Oh Davey! History of the 'Davey and Goliath' Television Series." It began airing across the country on Sept. 14, 2003. (Check local listing for dates and times.)

This one-hour documentary showcases the development of Davey and Goliath, the stop-motion animation children's program created for the Lutheran church by Clokey Productions between 1960 through 1975. It features original clips of Davey and Goliath, as well as interviews with the original animator and creators, Art and Ruth Clokey. Other interviews include Richard Sutcliffe, the original executive producer of the series and R. Marshall Stross, former director of the Commission on Press.

The program highlights how stop-motion animation is created and also includes the development of characters, photos, storyboards, scripts, commercials and public service announcements as well as insight on new productions. Others appearing in the program are the ELCA's executive producers for new productions, Eric Shafer and Kristi Bangert, as well as producers and animators involved in the production of a new holiday special being created by the Clokey Productions Studio.

The documentary is hosted by Clifton Davis and Mary McDonough. Davis is best known for his roles on the hit network television sitcoms, "That's My Mama" and "Amen." On the set of "Amen" he played a minister. Later, this actor, producer, singer, songwriter became an ordained minister of the Seventh Day Adventist church. He also wrote the Jackson Five's Grammy-nominated song, "Never Can Say Goodbye." Davis has appeared in feature films such as "Any Given Sunday," "Kingdom Come," and Spike Lee's "Crooklyn." McDonough is best remembered for her role as Erin on the highly acclaimed show, "The Waltons" a role she played when she was just 10 years old. Most recently, Mary McDonough has appeared on "West Wing," "ER," "Will and Grace" and "Ally McBeal." McDonough is also a director and has received awards and recognition for her short film, "For The Love of May." She is the national spokesperson for Lupus LA, a foundation she has been very active with since being diagnosed with lupus. She is also a member of the advisory board of the National Center for Policy Research (CPR) for Women and Families.

This documentary promises to highlight the richness, diversity and quality of Davey and Goliath for children and adults. Fans will learn about progress and new programs for a new generation of Davey and Goliath viewers.

The producer for this project is Ava Odom Martin, broadcast media production manager for the ELCA. The studio portions are done by Post Effects 3D virtual studio in Chicago.

Clifton Davis


Mary McDonough

These "Friends of Davey and Goliath" fundraisers across the country included a screening of the documentary in 2003. Read more information and view photos from various locations listed below.
September 7 - Lutheran Center, Chicago, IL
September 15 - Wyndham Hotel, Washington, DC (click here to view photos from the event)
September 21 - California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA (click here to view photos from the event)
September 23 - Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY (click here to view photos from the event)
October 12 - Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania (click here to view photos from the event)
October 19 - Mary Baker Eddy Library, Boston (click here to view photos from the event)
October 26 - Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA (click here to view photos from the event)

November 2 - Northwestern Hall auditorium at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN (click here to view photos from the event)

November 4 - Jackson Hilton Hotel, Jackson, Mississippi

A screening of the documentary brought 28 people to the Jackson (Mississippi) Hilton Hotel on Tuesday evening, November 4, 2003. The group included a local ELCA pastor and the area ecumenical association director as well as delegates to the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA General Assembly, meeting in Jackson. A number of those present took time to share their stories of growing up (or raising their children) with Davey and Goliath.

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