In the show Courage the Cowardly Dog, Courage is a timid pink dog with paranoia problems. His owners are an old couple living on a farm full of bizarre adversaries. Courage must overcome his fear and help save his owners, Eustace and Muriel, from ghosts and paranormal spirits living on the farm. Although Muriel loves Courage, Eustace loves to tease him and scare him.
The first episode aired on 18 February 1996 and the last was on 22 November 2002. Yet in 2021 we are still astounded by this shows wittiness, weirdness and our over sensationalism of our love for Courage, because let’s face it, he needs all the love he can get.
Courage is one of those TV shows, that our baby boomer parents watched with their Gen X and Millenial children, and a show that Gen Z most likely will be making TikToks too soon.
Courage is always scared, he always sees monsters trying to hurt his family and always trying his best to keep everyone safe while overcoming his own fears. Think Black Mirror, but for uhm, 9-year-olds? (Maybe this is why we grew up the way we did… )
Now, let me start to ruin your childhood. Just a little bit. There have been many theories about Courage The Cowardly Dog but the most believable one for me is the following.
When the intro starts playing for the show, Courage’s owner Eustace gets upset and quite angry with him, Courage then sees how Eustace’s head morphs into a giant green goblin-monster thing. This proves conclusively that Courage perceives anyone whom he considers to be scary as a monster. Though he doesn’t normally fear Eustace, he definitely does when the old man becomes angry, hence the sudden terrifying transformation.
What we need to remember, Courage is only a small little dog, that as the intro says was abandonded as a small pup and found by this older couple. Small dogs, tend to see the world differently. From their point of view, everything will look scarier and more frightening.
A shadow could be mimicking a monster, a new appliance making noise, or being an odd shape could look as if it is trying to eat someone even.
Let’s look at Eustice. Courage is generally fine with him. But Eustice is a very old man with anger issues. As soon as the anger issues spike up Courage perceives him as turning into a scary monster. Eustice is also playful sometimes and likes teasing Courage, but for him, it is all the same.
This also leads up to most villains in the story. All of the villains that Courage encounters throughout the show are actually just normal people in the end, but he sees them through a lens of terror, making them extremely monstrous to him.
The villains always have some extreme deformity, like a massive ear or huge teeth but they all still have human-like appearances. This shows you that the ‘villains’ are actually just normal people where Courage just seems to focus and latch onto one aspect of them and take it out of proportion… which Is also why Courage’s owners don’t fear any of the villains. Because they are normal everyday people.
Remember the stitch sisters? They were just twins… but Courage didn’t know that!
If you’ve ever had a run-in with, well, any dogs, you will know that they don’t like it when strange people get too close, and that’s often because they feel that they need to protect their owner. Courage is no different. He is always focused on protecting Muriel and Eustace.
The show is set in Nowhere, Kansas, but they aren’t actually nowhere. It’s just that Courage’s worldview is small because his elderly owners don’t take him outside enough, or at least not for extensive walks beyond their property.
Therefore, Courage believes his world to truly be in the middle of nowhere. Imagine your entire life all you know is what is in your yard. Naturally, anything different that comes into your space next could be traumatising to understand!
Ultimately one must come to the conclusion and accept that all of the events that occur within Courage the Cowardly Dog are really just everyday things, but from a small, nervous dog’s perspective, which is, in its own right, terrifying.
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