CrypticGirl (cryptgirl) wrote,

Courage the Cowardly Dog

Recently, I got back into Courage the Cowardly Dog.  I’m not sure how it happened....but I started thinking about it while I was discussing Spongebob Squarepants with a co-worker.  Spongebob has his moments, but the show can be annoying sometimes.  Like all the characters have annoying laughs, for instance.  And the episode where Spongebob is stranded in another town, and keeps missing the bus because he’s trying to get a candy bar from the vending machine....ugh.

But getting back to Courage, my favorite thing is when he tries to warn the old couple about the dangers.  He’ll actually transform into the monster, or something similar, for a brief second.  Or he’ll pick them up and carry them to wherever he saw the danger.

I got to watching the tribute to the villains on youtube, and I had no idea that there were so many.  Of course I knew about a few recurring villains, like Katz, Le Quack, the Snowman, etc.  But there were others I hadn’t seen, like King Flan, Conway the Contaminationist, the Stitch Sisters, and Dr. Zalost.  The villains are quite interesting, as are the situations that the Bagge family gets caught up in.

I never would have guessed that Courage the Cowardly Dog would have so much interesting trivia.  For instance, the old couple’s names, Muriel and Eustace, are actually the middle names of Chandler Bing and Ross Gellar from Friends.  I can’t figure out which is which, though.  Chandler Muriel Bing and Ross Eustace Gellar?  Or is it Chandler Eustace Bing and Ross Muriel Gellar?  I just don’t know...

In the Demon Mattress episode, everything that possessed Muriel did (the spinning head, the puke, etc.) was based on the Exorcist.  That’s not very surprising, and I do remember the spinning head part in the movie.

But here’s a shocker – Freaky Fred is actually based from Sweeney Todd!  I never would have guessed.  This has to mean that the recent Sweeney Todd movie is actually a remake, because the Freaky Fred episode was first aired in late 1999.  But now I’m really curious about Sweeney Todd.  I’d like to see how his character resembles Freaky Fred.

And then it occurred to me that another villain, a zombie named Benton Tarantella, his name was a parody of the director, Quentin Tarantino.  I realized the names sounded similar, so I had to look it up to make sure it wasn't just a coincidence.

And like every other show, Courage does have its continuity issues.  Like “The Ball of Revenge,” where Eustace gathers a group of villains together to destroy Courage.  Villainous gatherings like that are always interesting, but this particular villain group doesn’t make much sense.  Like the Big Toe, which was actually Eustace’s foot possessed by fungus.  How does it exist in its own “body” in this episode?  And for the Cajun Fox, Eustace doesn’t even appear in that episode, so how does he know about the Fox’s existance?  And the Weremole; Eustace never actually saw it in that episode.  Plus, why would the Weremole want revenge?  All Courage did was pluck a hair from it in order to cure Muriel.

As for Katz, Le Quack, and the Black Puddle Queen, they had their reasons for revenge.  But Katz and the Puddle Queen had tried to kill Eustace in the past, while Le Quack has tried to rob the family numerous times.  So why would Eustace trust them to help eliminate Courage?

And to think, Eustace got the idea after Muriel finished making a blanket and gave it to Courage.  Well, Eustace got his just desserts in the end.  Courage is all bandaged up, sitting in Eustace’s chair, while Eustace gets Courage’s brand new blanket....on the floor, and Muriel taunts him, “I hope you’re happy now, Eustace.”

Then, as Courage turns on the TV, who else should he see but Freaky Fred with his handy shaver, eerily calling out his name, “Courage....”

Once again, Courage screams loud enough to bring the house down.

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