'Courage the Cowardly Dog: Season One'
(Marty Grabstein, Thea White, Lionel G. Wilson, Tim Chi Ly, Simon Prebble, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2010 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: The things he does for love! Welcome to the middle of Nowhere, Kansas. Population: one kind old lady, one crabby old man, one timid dog and all sorts of creepy creatures, scary monsters and crazed villains! It’s a living nightmare for poor Courage, who faces these unthinkable dangers with his body shaking and his tail between his legs. But Courage loves his sweet Muriel and grumpy Eustace, so he digs deep to find the strength to save his beloved family from deadly weremoles, dark shadows and other sinister elements that pop up all over this terrifying town.
DVD Verdict: Your favorite scaredy-cat dog has finally made it to DVD ! (No, not that one; this mutt's more high-strung, not to mention a bad set of choppers.)
It's Courage the Cowardly Dog in his frightening first season with unlucky 13 episodes featuring him, the kindhearted Muriel and the cantankerous Eustace. His adventures in Nowhere include the following:
"Night at the Katz Motel" - The family spends a night at Katz's menacing motel. Courage must get out of there before the felonious Katz makes them check out - PERMANENTLY !
"The Shadow of Courage" - A mischievous shadow of a recently dead guy wreaks havoc on the farm. Courage must find out what the shadow's really up to.
"The Demon in the Mattress" - Muriel's new mattress is possessed ! Courage must find a way to get rid of the mattress and the demon.
"The Duck Brothers" - Alien ducks hypnotize Eustace and Muriel in an attempt to save their third brother.
"The Gods Must Be Goosey" - A goose god falls in love with Muriel, which means Courage must find someone else for the god to love.
"Everyone Wants to Direct" - A zombie filmmaker produces his next production in the farmhouse's basement only to reveal that he's about to resurrect his long-lost partner and eat Muriel !
"Journey to the Center of Nowhere" - During a drought, Courage spies vengeful eggplants plotting to destroy Muriel.
And, yes, there's a reason Courage was aired later at night. Some of the episodes can be pretty creepy. And yes, there are occasionally less creative or more childish themes. Still, there's no cartoon like Courage!
And that's about it. Nothing more, nothing, uh, MORE on this DVD. Personally, I'd expect a special feature involving series creator and director John R. Dilworth and, of course, the "What a Cartoon" pilot episode "The Chicken from Outer Space". Well, to quote from Eustace, "Stupid DVD people !" [TC] This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.