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He Was Once (1989)

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A bizarre parody of the animated religious children's show "Davey and Goliath" uses actors but looks like Claymation because of the stop motion.

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Todd Adams ...
Salvador Barone ...
Dad (as Sal Barone)
Susan Norman ...
Sally
Emma Strahs ...
Mom
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Shirley
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Randy
Julia Haltigan ...
The Bear
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This bizarre parody of the animated religious children's show Davey and Goliath uses actors but looks like Claymation because of the stop motion, distorted voices, giant prosthetic ears and hair and sets that make Pee-Wee's Playhouse look realistic. Davey's father whips him with a belt for saying that he saw a bear, though he really did see a bear, while his sister looks on in glee. His dog Goliath, actually a leopard-skin footrest with a grotesque tail, tries to help but gets whipped too. Oedipal dream sequences and Davey's revenge are also highlights in this unforgettable and darkly hilarious suburban nightmare. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Strange Live Action Davy and Goliath "Parody"
4 September 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Davy sees a bear on the street and his dad doesn't believe him, causing a trip even deeper into the Twilight Zone. Oh and all the kids are played by adults and all the adults are played by kids (and Goliath as a footstool)

How to describe this film? Twisted? Disturbing? Off Center?

I'm not sure. In its 16 minutes it takes you to a very off kilter place and then leaves you to ponder what you've seen.

How is it? Affective. It leaves you feeling somehow different than when you started watching it, but I'm not certain its something one would want to watch repeatedly. I gave it an 8 out of 10 because it messes with your head, but...


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