Creator of cult classic cartoon Courage the Cowardly the Dog, John R. Dilworth has confirmed that a prequel series is in the works for Cartoon Network. As a child of the ’90s and ’00s myself, I think I can speak for most millennials when I say this news is both f*cking brilliant and foreboding as f*ck. If you were anything like me as a kid, you loved watching the adventures of Courage, Muriel and Eustace, but are now permanently emotionally scarred by the surrealist, dark humour for which the show became notorious for.
Cult classic Courage the Cowardly Dog ran on Cartoon Network from November 1999 (OMG, the throwbacks) to November 2002 – although it felt like a lifetime of nightmares for me, not just two or three seasons. The show was cancelled in 2002, but lived on through years and years of re-runs, eventually making it one of Cartoon Network’s longest re-running originals.
The show followed the misadventures of pink, cowardly dog, Courage, who lived with his owners Muriel and Eustace in a farmhouse in the town of Nowhere. Courage and his owners frequently face monsters, aliens, demons, zombies, vampires and other perilous mythological creatures. The show famously drew inspiration from some outrageously inappropriate horror films (considering it was a show for kids), so yeah, if your parents let you watch this, they have some sh*t to answer for.
In an interview with Tiger Media Network, creator of the show, John R. Dilworth confirmed that a prequel to the cult-hit is indeed happening:
“We are developing a prequel with Cartoon Network, but we don’t know where it’s going, how it’s developing”.
“I mean, it’s a proprietary thing, so all I can say is that we’re very, very excited.
“But to put it into perspective, I have four times been on the altar waiting for the bride, and she never showed up.
“So, even when everything looks beautiful and you’ve done everything perfectly, there’s things beyond your control. Many, many great shows never get produced.”
I guess we’ll have to wait and see, fellow millennials. In the meantime you can always watch one of these ghastly horror films – they’re not quite as scary as the OG Courage the Cowardly Dog, but they’ll give you a spook for sure.
Sorry, I’m feeling a tad triggered writing this; so just indulge me while I vent through some of the show’s most surreal/terrifying/scarring moments. I’m actually sweating a bit rn.
I really hope Muriel and Eustace have eyes in the prequel, ’cause that animation choice was truly f*cked up *shivers*
Images via Cartoon Network and Boomerang
Having worked in children's media and publishing for almost a decade, Ben is thoroughly excited to now be able to swear in stories and features. He is such a big fan of Disney and Horror films that he started an LGBTQ+ podcast called 'Once Upon A Scream'. His mum listens.