Stupid dog! You made us look bad!
A prequel series to Cartoon Network's Courage the Cowardly Dog is currently in the works for Boomerang, according to the show's creator, John R. Dilworth. Posting on Facebook, Dilworth wrote:
"To all our Courage fans... I am deeply moved by the love for our show. I am grateful that our talented team was able to do some good in the world. I have promising news... We are expecting to begin development on a potential prequel to CCD titled 'Before Courage' for Boomerang!. Stay tooned for more. Who knows what will happen."
A glimpse into the eponymous character's past was provided in the 2002 series finale episode, "Remembrance of Courage Past." During the episode, we learn what became of Courage's original canine parents.
Running for a total of four seasons and 52 episodes between 1999 and 2002, Courage the Cowardly Dog was about the titular purple-furred dog, living in Nowhere, Kansas, with his elderly owners, Muriel (Thea White) and Eustace Bagge (Lionel Wilson, Arthur Anderson, and Wallace Shawn). A number of supernatural (and sometimes morbid) events plagued the couple, and despite his many phobias, Courage was the only one who fully grasped the gravity of these occurrences, forcing him (and his sassy British desktop) to save the day.
While technically made for kids, the show was notable for being actually terrifying (return the slab, anyone?) and employing a number of unique and surreal animation techniques that heightened the visual horror of the various monsters, aliens, demons, and entities that show up in Nowhere. Some of the storylines paid homage to classic B and horror films like It Came From Outer Space, The Exorcist, and Psycho.
Since Eustace is borderline abusive to Courage, he often ends up being killed, abducted, or worse by these creatures. Muriel, a homely old Scottish lady, is Courage's main concern because she's so kind to him. That's why Courage's iconic catchphrase (said in a New York-ish accent by Marty Grabstein) is "The things I do for love."