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Courage the Cowardly Dog returning?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Schfifty, Jul 23, 2014.

  1. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Must be for nostalgia, because Dilly said Courage could never sell merchandise back in the day because he was pink, and in a boy-dominated market, a pink dog wouldn't sell.
     
  2. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    It is a bit odd. At this point I think I see more Courage shirts then I do for shows like Dexter or the PPG. However, I do very much appreciate JC Penny's selection. I actually did get a Courage shirt a few months ago during one of their sales. It was hard to choose a shirt though, because they also had some "Hey Arnold!" and Bob's Burgers shirts that I really wanted.
     
  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    They never really made adult t-shirts of at the moment kid's show back when the show was around. Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain I did see a fair amount of, though that's in part with WB studio stores being a thing when they were on. Maybe there were some Ren and Stimpy shirts, but that wasn't exactly a thing back in the 90's. Nostalgic T-shirts, however... big with Gen X, especially if they were Schoolhouse Rock related.

    Now I'm seeing both current and retro T-shirts with cartoons on them. Nick certainly has put everything on a shirt, even that crap series Rocket Power. CN has been doing both retro and current for a while now, seemingly starting with Chowder. But unfortunately, they don't really tap the market like Nick did. There was a line of Johnny Bravo, PPG, and Dexter shirts at Hot Topic a few years back, but it never went beyond that. I'm surprised not only by the fact they have new Courage Shirts while ignoring most of the other classic CN shows, but the fact the shirt has one of those unique logo tags. You know, those cardboard little hang tags that some T-shirts get. And it was uniquely a Courage logo instead of just a CN logo.
     
  4. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Since the DVDs were Vanilla Editions, Dilly will be posting an audio commentary for the King Ramses episode on the Stretch Films YouTube Channel, you just have to play your own copy of the episode and sync it with the commentary.
     
  5. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    After getting Season 4 on DVD, I had nearly forgotten just how epic a lot of these episodes were this season - particularly the last few of them.

    But, I also forgot how controversial some of them were. "The Mask" aside, I remember "Windmill Vandals" was perhaps the scariest and most unsettling episode of the series . . . it certainly the only episode I can remember seeing that gave me the willies. And that "Uncommon Cold" episode? I didn't realize it as a kid, but danged if there isn't some racial undertones going on there with those slugs. Feels like since they knew this was the last season, they were trying to push the envelope a little bit.

    Oh, and apparently somebody is going to be having a live interview with Dilly tonight, but I don't know who or where - all I know is it'll be live at 11:00 tonight.
     
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  6. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Here's that new interview that was streamed earlier this evening:


    Unfortunately, Dilly's audio is so poor, almost everything he says is incoherent, but two things I was able to pick up on is that he's going to try to do future commentaries for Courage, including a special anniversary commentary next month for "A Night at the Katz Motel" and possibly a commentary on "The Chicken from Outer Space." The other thing I picked up on was that his new film GOOSE IN HIGH HEELS is going to be about twenty minutes, which I believe is the longest short he's ever done. I remember he once talked about being apprehensive about doing things that run too long, thus demanded more time from people to watch . . . but I hope he's better at it than I am, lol, as I said before, apparently I'm not good at that, because one eighteen minute experimental film, and I got all kinds of retroactive complaints from people saying that it's too long, too dragged out, and too redundant.
     
  7. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    So the Courage J.C. Penney shirt . . . is it an adult shirt, or a kid shirt? Because I got the biggest size they had, and it doesn't fit - I feel like a ten pound ham in a five pound bag; it's clinging to me like a leotard.
     
  8. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Here's an episode from a series of animated shorts Dilly did for CN and SW back in the 90s, with Kevin Clash voicing the raccoon:
     
  9. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Boy, following Dilly on various different social media outlets is awesome - he's great about interacting with fans, and in fact, I enjoyed comparing our own fictional brands with him yesterday, lol.
     
  10. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Dilly posted his original pitch for Courage on YouTube!



    I . . . can't imagine they would buy the show based on this . . . and they apparently didn't (the only response he got from them on this was "it didn't suck"). But somehow, the Jackie Mason-inspired voice Dilly gave Courage was amusing; reminds me of the Aardvark from THE ANT AND THE AARDVARK cartoons.
     
  11. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Wow, that's not at all what I was expecting. It doesn't look much like a pitch to a network, it looks more like some high-schooler and his friends screwing around with their new camera. Definitely can't imagine that ever becoming a show, although it does remind me a bit of some of the CN promos that aired around 2004-2009.
     
  12. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Boy, Dilly is really 0wning Flash in the face as he continues to share more and more samples of his new short:


    That is some smooth Flash animation.
     
  13. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    There's yet another new interview with Dilly on YouTube (it's about an hour long, so I haven't finished), but he goes into detail about why he made Courage pink, and the struggle he had with CN about it:

    Basically, his decision for making Courage pink was because he felt the color invoked a softness and innocence that the character was meant to represent. CN wasn't keen on the idea, feeling a pink dog wouldn't sell in a boy-dominated market, and tried to convince him change Courage to another color (like fuschia, for example), but Dilly wouldn't budge. In hindsight, however, he kind of agrees now that making Courage pink was probably a mistake, and admits if he could go back and redo it, he'd probably make him blue instead.
     
  14. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Well, i'm glad he was pink, it helped him stand out. I mean, how many other fictional dogs have you seen that are pink and look like a bean with a face?
     
  15. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    The last time I saw a cartoon character that looked like a bean with a face was on deviantART several years ago.

    [​IMG]
    "Jeanie Beanie"
     
  16. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    I have nothing to say to that.. except, DeviantArt is a strange place.
     
  17. Schfifty

    Schfifty Well-Known Member

    I didn't mind Courage being pink; I think it really makes him stand out, like PL said. It even says on Wikipedia (among other sources) that pink, together with white, represents innocence, so I think it was a good choice.

    If Courage were blue, I guess he'd be something like this:


    [​IMG]


    Reminds me of Huckleberry Hound a little bit.
     
  18. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Well, we did get a glimpse of what Courage would look like blue when Eustace dropped a can of blue paint on him.

    But I always found it odd that, for the most part, Courage seemed to "turn" purple at night.
     
  19. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Hmm . . . see if the opening notes in this track don't sound familiar:


    "Der is not'ing to worry about. Not'ing a'tall. But der is not'ing I can do."
     
  20. Schfifty

    Schfifty Well-Known Member

    So John released his commentary for The Chicken From Outer Space over a month ago - on the 21st anniversary of its airing on WAC, to be exact - and I just checked it out. This was really neat! He goes into a lot of detail here about the short from beginning to end, and points out several of the faces that were in the backgrounds (some of them were in fact notable people at Stretch Films). Also, I hadn't noticed before until now, but he revealed that if you look closely at the ashes when Eustace crumbles up, there's a little phrase within. I had a high-quality video from online to watch along with, so it was pretty easy to notice the little gems in there.

     


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