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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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Credited cast:
Todd Adams Todd Adams ... Davey
Salvador Barone Salvador Barone ... Dad (as Sal Barone)
Susan Norman ... Sally
Emma Strahs Emma Strahs ... Mom
Melissa Gardner ... Shirley
Todd Haynes ... Randy
Julia Haltigan Julia Haltigan ... The Bear
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Cyril Autun Cyril Autun ... Goliath (voice)
Rob LaBelle ... Dad (voice)
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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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English

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November 1989 (USA) See more »

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A study of sexuality, the family, and power
5 July 2006 | by MgutfeldSee all my reviews

An often humorous play on the 60s Christian children's cartoon Davey and Goliath, this short examines the stereotypical American family and a power conflict arising within it. An experimental film, to be sure, but straightforward and humorous enough that it should entertain anyone with an even passing interest in independent/art house film. It would also be of interest to anyone interested in Freudian psychology, gender roles, ideas about power/ knowledge relationships, and, some have suggested, queer theory as well. Notably, Todd Haynes makes a cameo appearance in the first scene; the film deals with many issues he would take up later in his career (my DVD of Haynes' 'Dottie Gets Spanked' has the film in its special features section)


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