Davey and Goliath in Hallmark’s Easter Basket

Hallmark Channel will air Davey and Goliath Happy Easter on March 27 at 12:30 p.m. ET/PT and 11:30 a.m. Central. The 30-minute, stop-motion-animated show from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) first aired in 1967 as part of the regular TV series that followed the faith-based adventures of young Davey Hansen and his talking dog.

In Davey and Goliath Happy Easter, Davey visits his grandmother with plans of attending the Easter pageant at church with her. When grandma dies before the holiday, Davey is overwhelmed with sadness until he learns about Jesus’ resurrection. A viewer’s guide for the Easter special is available at the property’s official web site, www.daveyandgoliath.org. The site also offers downloadable coloring and activity pages based on the special.

Kristi S. Bangert, director of marketing and interpretation for the ELCA Department for Communication, says the organization is in the process of restoring frame by frame all 65 episodes and six specials of the original Davey and Goliath television series. Once the process is completed, the installments will be made available on DVD.