Richard Sutcliffe, the creator of Davey and Goliath, just died. For those who don't know, it was a 60s stop-action cartoon about a boy and his dog, sponsored by the Lutheran Church in America.
I think there were supposed to be moral lessons in every episode, but who remembers that stuff? What I remember, forty years on, are the cute little figurines, the patient voices, the slow pace. They all created a general sense that the world was a safe, essentially friendly place, and that conflicts were all manageable. That was an important lesson for kids whose other TV watching taught us about political assassinations, Viet Nam body counts, soldiers killing kids at Kent State, bikers killing kids at Altamont, acid trips, domestic terrorism and the constant threat of nuclear annihilation.