Created 'Davey and Goliath'

Richard Towne “Dick” Sutcliffe, who created religious claymation TV show “Davey and Goliath” along with Art Clokey and Ruth Clokey Goodell, died May 11 in Dallas of complications from a stroke. He was 90.

“Davey and Goliath” was a Christian-themed children’s show about a boy and his talking dog that used stop-action animation.

Sutcliffe launched the Sunday-morning series to spread a religious message without losing younger viewers with overly complicated concepts, his daughter, J.T. Sutcliffe, told The Dallas Morning News.

Church leaders approached Sutcliffe about using television to reach young people when he was director of Lutheran radio and television ministry in New York. He chose a format that would offer sound theology while being entertaining, his daughter told the newspaper.

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