Making the Grades
Inspired by the biblical story of David and Goliath, Davie & Golimyr is the latest release to be distributed by the Detroit-based Anchor Bay Studios. It is the tale of a peaceful group of creative inventors called the Zites who live on a fantastical island and concoct such marvels as suspenders and sneeze-powered windmills.
However, the Zites are about to be attacked by a greedy giant determined to take over the quiet empire and establish himself as the ruling monarch. Descending on the shores of the tranquil community, Golimyr (voiced by John Schneider) plans to ravage the land, enslave the peasants and force them to labor for him.
News of the invasion spreads over the island and a challenge is issued for volunteers to come forward and defend the land. Yet despite the pleas of the Zite ruler, King Sullic (voiced by Ron Frederickson), not one man steps up to confront the intruder. At least that is until a young pear-grower named Davie (voiced by Joshua Leger) stumbles upon the royal notice.
Previously humiliated in the arena by a mechanical warrior meant to test a soldier's skill, Davie is leery of taking on a real opponent. But although he is diminutive in stature, the young farmer isn't lacking in faith. Receiving what he believes to be a sign from God, Davie and his pet sheep Chops step onto the battlefield to face the frightening foe.
Narrated by a fanciful storyteller (voiced by Jesse Bennett) and told in rhyming script, this stop-motion animation doesn't shy away from its religious theme. But regardless of theological leanings, the artistically stunning characters and set created by artist James C. Christensen offer audiences an imaginative interpretation of the ancient account. While the youngest of audience members may be troubled by moments of peril and bloodless battle scenes (including an injured boy and sheep), older children, who undoubtedly will face their own figurative giants, may appreciate Davie's courage and willingness to see the best in others.
Discussion Ideas After The Movie
Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Davie and Golimyr.
What does the narrator mean when he says, the closer you look the more surprises you find? What surprising discoveries does Davie make about himself and Golimyr?
What causes Davie to lose faith in himself? How is it restored? Are bravery and courage dependent on size? How are the qualities of forgiveness and compassion portrayed in this story?
James C. Christensen is a renowned fantasy artist. Many of his paintings include a fish either floating or flying. Can you find any examples of his trademark in this production? What other interesting things do you notice about this artist’s work? You can see more of his paintings and sculptures here: http://www.jameschristensen.com/