Filmed in a distinctly old school stop-motion style, DAVEY AND GOLIATH'S SNOWBOARD CHRISTMAS follows the intrepid young adventurer and his faithful canine sidekick as they take to the slopes for a snowboarding session. A f... more »ew lessons in life are in store for young Davey as the adventures unravel, and these are nicely balanced with plenty of seasonal Christmas cheer.« less
"I grew up on Davey and Goliath and still enjoy the old episodes. I was looking forward to a new installment to the series but was greatly disappointed once I began watching.
I am no fan of political correctness (leftist propaganda/indoctrination) and it was a great letdown that the Clokey family and the Lutheran Church succumbed to this poison to society.
Why can't Christians have their own holiday? Muslims and Jews have theirs, and I can't remember the last time a Muslim or Jew made me, a Christian feel inclusive of Ramadan or Hannuka.
Anyway, the animation is topnotch, but the message is garbage. Pass this one by if you're looking for a good ol D&G Christmas message. If that is what you are looking for, then watch "Christmas Lost and Found". All your kids will get out of a "Snowboard Christmas" is feeling guilty for being a Christian....and maybe that is the intent."
Trabajando | 08/23/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Snowboard Christmas could have been wonderful, given the theme, but the message is pure liberal propaganda. The plot and dialog are unnaturally subservient to political correctness. All beliefs and genders are equal. The predetermined ending becomes obvious about ten minutes into the story. Remakes are generally bland, and this one sure is. A big disappointment is the voice of Goliath. Oh well, we live in Orwellian times."
Politically Correct and Snowboard Stupid
Eno Fan | Michigan United States | 01/12/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Although the style of this new addition to Davey & Goliath has the proper nostalgia, the strained and unnatural politically correct dialog is distracting, and seems even inappropriate in what was once considered Christian storytelling. The original purpose of this series was to teach proper behaviour to children as Davey takes his hard knocks. In this episode, the old lesson of being tolerant is revisited with a vengence -- almost as if the new writers decided to cram in 40 years of missed opportunity. One faux pas that is absolutely unforgivable and which had us all laughing out loud in disbelief at the ignorance of the writing: two bullies (male) are shown to be able boarders, but when they spot the girl with Davey and friends they shout something to the effect of, "Get off the mountain -- girls can't snowboard!" Seriously, this would never happen. Girls ROCK at snowboarding and everyone who has spent any time at all in the sport knows it."
Teaching kids about tolerance and friendship...
Joe Anthony (a.k.a. JAG 1) | Massachusetts, USA | 01/31/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Whether or not you will like this movie for your kids or yourself depends upon your Christian attitude. If you take a very fundamentalist view and you believe that Christianity is the only true religion, then, probably you will not care much for the ecumenical message this movie contains. If, on the other hand, you are like me, and belong to a more liberal denomination or take a more liberal point of view; then probably, you will take this movie as I have taken it: as a nice, pleasant, wholesome, entertaining and touching medium for teaching kids about tolerance and friendship.
Davey is a Christian (Lutheran) preteen who makes friends with a Jewish boy and a Moslem girl. Together they have an exciting snow-boarding adventure. Along the way they learn about one another's religious traditions. Davey learns that Jews, Moslems and Christians are all God's children. In light of current political upheavals in the Middle East, I find it to be a timely and important message.
My little boy loves this movie even more than the original Davey and Goliath cartoon collections that we already own.
I think that, in that it appears unlikely that the whole world will ever convert to Christianity (let alone a single denomination of Christianity), I believe that ecumenicalism is a necessary step for Christians to take, if they are interested in limiting violence and hurt feelings between religions and denominations. My wife and I follow a rather liberal Protestant religious path; but we have also taken our children to visit Catholic Church, a Jewish service; a Buddhist temple; and other Protestant churches of various denominations. Many times, I will invite people to attend Sunday service at my church; but once they tell me that they already have a church or a temple where they are happy, I respect their beliefs and their right to seek the Lord in their own way. I have had good friends who were Jewish, Catholic, Buddhist, Moslem, Agnostic and Athiest, and I am glad that our religious differences have not kept us apart. If the Gospels are true then I believe that God is a good and loving God. If that is true, then loving one another must be much more important to Him (or Her) than the finer nuances of religion that have kept people of different religions and/or different denominations from liking each other.
If what I have just said makes sense to you, then you may like "Snowboard Christmas". If you disagree with what I have just said, then chances are that will not enjoy this movie, and you'll want to keep your kids away from it.
A wonderful revisit to old friends, with a great message
trifle | Anytown USA | 06/04/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After a long hiatus the duo of Davey and Goliath are back, and with a wonderful Christmas message, too! The son of the original animators recreates the timeless style of this old 60's favorite, and adds an updated and needed reminder of what the birth of Jesus was all about- the coming of love into the world, not just 2000 years ago, but today and always. The animation looks better than ever, thanks to newer technology, and the story is told in a moving way that kids can understand and adults will enjoy, too. This DVD has now become a season tradition for me and my family! It just goes to show that the truth (and solid artistic work) holds up despite the passing of time. Let's see more of such great animation and keep Davey and Goliath coming out on DVD!"