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Courage the Cowardly Dog: Season 1 (Cartoon Network Hall of Fame)

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Product Description

The things he does for love! Welcome to the middle of Nowhere, Kansas. Population: one kind old lady, one crabby old man, one timid dog and all sorts of creepy creatures, scary monsters and crazed villains! It’s a living nightmare for poor Courage, who faces these unthinkable dangers with his body shaking and his tail between his legs. But Courage loves his sweet Muriel and grumpy Eustace, so he digs deep to find the strength to save his beloved family from deadly weremoles, dark shadows and other sinister elements that pop up all over this terrifying town. With clever nods to classic horror films, this action-packed animated series keeps laughs and scares coming as Courage outwits evil with his singular brand of bravery. Get your spook on with the 13 episodes of this 2-Disc Complete Season One Collection!

John R. Dilworth's Courage the Cowardly Dog had an auspicious start as the pick of the litter of Cartoon Network's World Premiere Toons. The pilot short "The Chicken from Outer Space" (lamentably missing from this set) was nominated for an Academy Award®, and a series was born. Courage is a teeth-chattering pooch who howls pathetically like Harvey Keitel in Bad Lieutenant at any sign of danger. He literally lives in the middle of Nowhere with his adoptive family, the goodhearted Muriel and the cruel Eustace, who delights in tormenting the "stupid dog." Courage recalls those classic Chuck Jones cartoons that paired Porky Pig with scaredy cat Sylvester, who had to overcome his fears to save an oblivious Porky from homicidal mice, alien invaders, and other menaces. Courage's series opener sets the stage for frighteningly funny things to come. In "A Night at the Katz Motel," Courage and company must fight off cannibalistic spiders. In another short, Muriel is the missing ingredient in a fox's "Cajun Granny Stew." Another memorable short is "King Ramses' Curse," in which Eustace refuses to give up a stolen antiquity and brings a series of plagues upon his house. "The Hunchback of Nowhere" is one of the season's sweeter stories in which Courage is befriended by a Quasimodo-like outcast who defends him against Eustace. "Freaky Fred," also a cut above, is about a deranged barber who delights in being "naughteee." Though roughly 72 in dog years, Courage holds up well. Rich bold colors and stylized character design gives the show a distinctive look. Visual humor and slapstick gags abound without any stale pop-culture references that would date the show, making Courage as eerily funny as when it first creeped out kids in 1999. Fetch! --Donald Liebenson

Special Features

13 episodes on two discs

Product Details

  • Actors: Thea White, Marty Grabstein, Simon Prebble, Lionel G. Wilson, Billie Lou Watt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Cartoon Network
  • DVD Release Date: July 20, 2010
  • Run Time: 286 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003G9IT32
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,159 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Courage the Cowardly Dog: Season 1 (Cartoon Network Hall of Fame)" on IMDb

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Back in the day, when Cartoon Network was in their prime, they had a killer lineup every Friday night. This included Dexter's Lab, Powerpuff Girls, Cow and Chicken, Johnny Bravo, and my personal favorite, a show about a cowardly dog named Courage. I was hooked from the first episode I ever watched, which featured the little black duckling. This show had it all. Great stories were first and foremost. They were like mini-films. The stories were ridiculous, but it didn't matter because they were treated in such an epic way. The animation was great, and the backgrounds were out of this world. As much as I liked Dexter and Powerpuff Girls, their backgrounds were VERY simplistic. It was refreshing to see the style used for Courage, where the backgrounds displayed so much detail and atmosphere, which drew you in to the story all the more. As for Courage himself, true, he was a coward, but in each episode, he had to find a way to put that all aside to save his owners, Muriel and Eustace. Courage was the kind of hero you could relate to. He didn't wanna be the hero, and if you had to go up against some of the crazy stuff he did, you wouldn't wanna be either. But there was something about the dog's anxious disposition and terrified personality that made him a likeable character. He didn't talk much, but what he said mattered. "I know I'm not gonna like this" was his battle cry when it came time for action. Then he would pull out some off-the-wall prop or devise some master plan to save the day, and things would go back to normal again, except for the fact that most of the time, the family house was destroyed by the end of the episode.

This is one of the best cartoon series ever made. It's timeless and truly fun to watch. I'm ordering a copy, and so should everyone else who enjoys good storytelling.

P.S.- It's too bad all the negative reviews for a DIFFERENT DVD release are showing up here. Those are for the Australian release, not this one.
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I just received my DVD set yesterday and am watching it now. It's great to finally own a little bit of Courage. First, note that this item, the Cartoon Network Hall of Fame set, is the US, Region 1 release, NOT the PAL release (some reviews for the Australian DVDs got combined with this; disregard those reviews as they do not apply), so it will play on American DVD players with no trouble. I can confirm that there are no special features; the DVDs are pretty no frills, sporting only the episodes and the option to turn closed captioning (English only) on or off. Nonetheless, it is nicely presented, and although I'm no expert in picture quality, the video looks great to me. Both discs are packaged in one standard plastic case, and this case comes inside a shiny cardboard sleeve.

Onto the meat: the episodes. This is the full first season, 13 full episodes (so 26 sub-episodes) on 2 discs. The playtime is listed at 286 minutes. Again, there are no extras. It would have been nice to see at least the pilot, but we can hope for that to be included in the other seasons (which I dearly hope will be released as well). I'm just happy to have such classic Courage moments as Welcome to the Katz Motel, Freaky Fred, Shirley the Medium, The Hunchback of Nowhere, King Ramses' Curse, Little Muriel, and many others in my grasp. If that's what you're looking for too, you'll be pleased with this DVD set.

For those who are new to the series, it follows the adventures of Courage, a little dog with a big heart when it comes to his owner, the elderly Muriel (and her jerk of a husband, Eustace). They live in a little house in the middle of Nowhere, where, as the announcer in the opening of each episode states, "freeeaky stuff happens.
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Cartoon Network had a lot going for it in the late 90's/early 00's. Shows like Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Ed Edd n Eddy, and The Powerpuff girls were all top quality children's cartoons that could also appeal to adults. They were aimed at kids, for sure, but they were very, very clever (especially PPG.) This show, however, was not so much aimed at children. It was pretty kid friendly, but overall this was an artistic show that was just plain and simple really good. I was 14 when it was popular, and now being 23, I understand why i got into it at a somewhat "older kid" age. The type of comedy was so original, and the show was so incredibly artistic. I find myself very influenced by shows like The Mighty Boosh these days, and Courage was in the same category. Odd, humorous dark stories that were presented in a unqiue and captivating way filled this show with so much to offer. You won't find me buying Johnny Bravo at 23, but Courage? I'm not ashamed to say yes. It was just a good show.

Taking a close look at this show, you can tell the care that went into each episode. The animation itself is so simple and colorful, but done in such a unique way. They always knew how to shade everything perfectly to fit the mood. The music was spot on as well. They just happened to have a crew of people working on every aspect of the show that all really "got" what John R. Dilworth was aiming for. It was like a tight band. I'd also like to point out that episodes like "The Shadow of Courage" and "The Hunchback of Nowhere" are some of the most brilliantly written, touching pieces of animation I've ever seen. Not many shows can get away with being borderline gruesome one minute, and almost have you shedding a tear the next. This was a masterful series.
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