“Courage the Cowardly Dog” Could be Getting a Prequel
Sun, April 18, 2021

“Courage the Cowardly Dog” Could be Getting a Prequel

Fans of “Courage the Cowardly Dog” rejoice! Creators of the show are gearing up to bring our lovable pink dog Courage back on Cartoon Network for a prequel / Photo by: Arne Hermans via Pexels

 

Fans of “Courage the Cowardly Dog” rejoice! Creators of the show are gearing up to bring our lovable pink dog Courage back on Cartoon Network for a prequel. During its four-season run, Courage became the unlikely hero in the mundane lives of Eustace and Muriel Bagge, an old couple who lives in the middle of nowhere. The quiet home looked like a quaint place to be, and sometimes it is depicted like that, but most of the time, it’s harnessed for its horrific potential.

Iconic episodes live on to this day, with one recently remade by 120 animators (more on that later) and going viral for the sheer artistic talent of the animators and their immense love for the show. 

Courage the Comeback Dog?

Cartoon classics from animation networks are making a splashing re-entry onto the scene as the generations of today accommodate the kids who grew up watching the shows that are now considered classics in the world of animation. It’s thanks to this trend that people are constantly eating up remakes of classics with so much gusto--if creators of Courage were to follow this trend, it’s possible that the new series would still garner as much attention as the first one. 

Granted, and only because this is true for most media content, the first one is still the superior one, that doesn’t mean we should flat-out shun a new rendition to the story. In fact, fans would even be delighted to know that creator John R. Dilworth shared that Cartoon Network is brewing something. 

According to a report by LAD Bible, Dilworth was reportedly asked, in his interview with Tiger Media Network, if he had any plans to bring back Courage and the gang back together. His answer was, at best, rather vague, but for fans of the show, it brought both exhilaration and caution. Dilworth’s response to the question was vague and open-ended enough not to confirm or deny anything, though, which was a good move for his part. 

He told Tiger Media Network, “We are developing something--a prequel--with Cartoon Network, but we don’t know where it’s going, how it’s developing.” 

Cartoon classics from animation networks are making a splashing re-entry onto the scene as the generations of today accommodate the kids who grew up watching the shows that are now considered classics in the world of animation / Photo by: Adg's Screen Caps via Flickr

 

Shaking Courage, Shaking Audiences

For a children’s animated show, Courage the Cowardly Dog does a mighty fine job scaring the sh*t out of children. For its 20th anniversary, writer Josh Weiss of Syfy Wire, a website operated by Syfy featuring coverage of news in the science fiction, horror, and fantasy genres, Courage the Cowardly Dog may have been part of the many groundbreaking shows that Cartoon Network rolled out in the '90s to the 2000s, but Courage was one that had enough of a fanbase to stand firmly upon. 

According to Weiss, and perhaps many other Courage fans, arguably one of the scariest episodes was “King Ramses’ Curse” which came out in 2000. Back then, it was a horrific piece of animation for a show that was already flirting with the line of what is considered acceptable for children's programming. 

Ramses, the main antagonist of the episode and who is also voiced by Dilworth himself, was inspired by the time Dilworth went to Egypt to sail through the Nile river and absorb “that immense culture and mythology.” The experience stuck with him, so much so that he “couldn’t help but be affected by it,” and so he set out to make his own version. 

The result was one of the most memorable scenes in the entire show, and that infamous, drolling, absolutely hair-raising “return the slab” request. In a closer look, putting Ramses' character design side by side with other 3D characters that have made their debut in the last decade, he’s a little unfinished, wily, and looking like he was just chewed out of an animation simulation without finishing up the design--that is precisely why he’s scary. 

Lots of Love

Whatever the creators and Cartoon Network end up agreeing to, there is no doubt that old fans (and hopefully, new fans) will gobble it all up. A group of 120 animators already proved that there will still be a market in case Courage tries to waddle back into the public and wail about what monster of the week is tormenting his loved ones. 

This group of animators, each one loving the show dearly, teamed up to remake one of the “naughtiest” episodes on the show: the “Freaky Fred” episode. Now, if you are not learned of the show, you might not even know who Freaky Fred is, and how exactly he is, in any way, “freaky.” 

The cool thing, reports Critical Hit, is that you have a chance to see what that episode is in literally a hundred different ways, thanks to the 120 animators who made sure to lovingly recreate one of the most beloved (and demented) staple scary characters in the show, Fred, who also happens to be Muriel’s nephew, much to Courage’s chagrin.