Hey y’all, I want to reminisce about the effect that cartoons or live-action shows produced for younger audiences had on you when you were within that audience, and talk about which one stuck with us through the years the most. I know that there are a lot of high-quality cartoons out right now for kids that everyone watches, but I’m kind of looking for a conversation about old shows that endured rather than current shows that have a flexible audience.
For me, that cartoon was Courage The Cowardly Dog. It had bizarre humor, creepy characters, the strangest voice acting and incredible visuals that mixed 3D rendering with hand-drawn animation and occasionally real photography. It had a great quirky soundtrack and storylines that often ended on an extreme down note, prepping me for the narrative style of horror movies as a child. It also appealed to that childlike feeling that no one noticed the things you did or listened to you, by having Courage be a Cassandra, the lone character in the show that sees all the weirdness going on but is constantly dismissed when he tries to communicate it.
The director was apparently inspired by Ghost In The Shell, particularly the effect our increased reliance on technology would have on our lives. The amount of horror and hopelessness that takes place within computers, televisions and radio waves in the show inspired me to imagine these things as having endless possibilities for creepiness as a kid. I still do love any horror that takes its victims through a technological medium.
Here’s a clip of the hilarious and unsettling atmosphere that Courage was effortlessly able to produce.
AND NO COPS!