Courage the Cowardly Dog is an American animated television series created by John R. Dilworth for Cartoon Network.
Courage the Cowardly Dog follows the story of the life of a little pink cowardly dog who was named Courage when he was found by Muriel. When he was a baby, one of his vet appointments ended being the last time he saw his dog parents. During that day, while the yet made baby Courage wait in the waiting room, he sent his parents up into space. Then Courage ended up on the streets. Afterwards, a lady named Muriel found Courage and took him home to her home in the middle of Nowhere, Kansas, with her mean, rude, and cranky husband, Eustace Bagge. Courage is always on the watch since creepy, scary, and paranormal events happen in Nowhere, but Courage is always ready to save Muriel and kick some villain, monster, alien, or zombie butts! GO COURAGE!Written by CourageBagge
- Lionel G. Wilson (Eustace) quit halfway through the series and was replaced by Arthur Anderson.
- Peter Fernandez had his face videotaped and inserted into animation for two episodes: “House of Discontent” (floating head) and “The Magic Tree of Nowhere” (the Tree).
- Courage’s dialogue decreased after the first season. This is because the creators at Cartoon Network thought Courage “talked too much” and wanted his dialogue cut short.
- John Dilworth finally agreed to do a Courage series, and Cartoon Network originally wanted him to produce it from their Hanna-Barbera studio in L.A.. But Dilworth didn’t want to leave his company Stretch Films in New York, so CN agreed to let him do the series from Stretch Films.
- The original season 2 finale “The Tower of Dr. Zalost” didn’t air until after the season 3 premiere “Muriel Meets her Match”/”Courage Vs. Mecha-Courage” aired.
- Courage lasted for only 4 seasons, 52 episodes, and 13 episodes per season. Season 1 aired November 12, 1999 and ended June 29, 2000. Season 2 aired October 31, 2000 (had a 3 month hiatus between episodes 22 and 23) and ended January 11, 2002. Season 3 aired November 16, 2001 and ended July 9, 2002. Season 4 aired September 7, 2002 and ended November 22, 2002.
- A number of character designs (such as the Ship captain/Policeman) were reused. Often the only change was different hair color.
- The names Muriel and Eustace are taken from the middle names of Chandler Bing and Ross Geller of Friends.
- Throughout the series, the word DIL is somewhere in the background, after the creator John Dilworth.
- Tim Chi Ly, who voices the recurring character Di Lung, was one of the show’s animators.
- This was the last series that veteran voice actress Billie Lou Watt worked on.
- This was voice director Peter Fernandez’s favourite show that he worked on.
- Series creator John Dilworth placed major emphasis on audio effects: he wanted to use unconventional fresh music/sounds, in contrast to most shows developing stock material to use throughout their run. Dilworth wished to put any music/sound into the episode that emphasized the situation, whether it was tense, exciting or especially funny.
- Whenever Courage takes action to rescue his owner(s) from peril, a variation of the Mission: Impossible theme is heard playing. This theme varies with each episode, depending on what musical arrangement is being used in that episode.
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