Courage the Cowardly Dog is an American animated television series created by John R. Dilworth for Cartoon Network. The central plot of the program revolves around the titular character, a somewhat anthropomorphized dog named Courage. Courage lives with his owners Muriel and Eustace Bagge, an elderly couple, in a farmhouse in the middle of the town of Nowhere, Kansas. The series is primarily a horror-comedy with surrealist elements.
The series originated from a short on Cartoon Network's animation showcase series World Premiere Toons titled "The Chicken from Outer Space". The segment was nominated for an Academy Award and Cartoon Network commissioned a series based on the film. The series premiered on November 12, 1999, ran for four seasons, and ended on November 22, 2002. It was the sixth and final series to be spun from World Premiere Toons, and it was the eighth series to fall under the Cartoon Cartoons label.
Courage the Cowardly Dog revolves around Courage, a small pink dog who, despite his name, is afraid of even the most mundane things. Abandoned as a puppy, Courage was adopted by Muriel Bagge, a sweet-natured Scottish woman, and her husband, Eustace, a grumpy farmer who harrasses Courage, usually with a large tribal mask. Courage, Eustace, and Muriel constantly run into monsters, aliens, demons, mad scientists, and other perils that Courage must fend off to save his owners. Although he succeeds most of the time, Eustace almost always ends up debilitated by his greedy ways.
Originally, Courage the Cowardly Dog began as a seven minute short cartoon, "The Chicken from Outer Space". It was shown in one of the episodes of the Cartoon Network's World Premiere Toons in 1995, a Hanna-Barbera Cartoons innovation by then president Fred Seibert, the short served as a de facto pilot for a future series. The original cartoon had no dialogue except for a line spoken by Courage, who had a more authoritative voice than in the series. An alien chicken was the villain in this short, and would come back for its revenge in the series. (In a still-later episode, the single-bodied, triple-headed sons of the alien chicken attempt revenge, but only because their mother won't let them in the house until they kill Courage. ) The short was nominated for an Academy Award.
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