(I am writing this review in the form of a essay)
Courage the Cowardly Dog really pushed the Y7 TV rating, and could have an impact on young kids who haven't developed the skills needed to know the difference between make believe and reality. Courage the Cowardly Dog is known for its dark tones, scary imagery, and overall disturbing themes. Not all episodes are pushing it, in fact some are really goofy, but believe me, these nine episodes will say otherwise.
Courage the Cowardly Dog has been known for its dark tones that seriously pushed the Y7 TV rating. 3 episodes that support my opinion are “The Mask,” ”Freaky Fred,” and “Everyone Wants to Direct.” “The Mask” is about an abused, dog hating, mentally ill cat that visits the farm. it starts off already pushing it by showing such a creepy mask on the cat, then she repeatedly beats up courage and refuses to face reality, this is where you need to remind your kids that this is a kid show and this is make believe. Next is “Freaky Fred,” Muriel’s nephew, Fred, visits the farm with a weird obsession for shaving. Its told by Fred’s narrative which is pretty creepy, its the look inside of person that is just flat out crazy such as the fact that he is always speaking in rhymes and always has a big grin on his face. Fred ends up shaving courage and afterwards taken to an asylum and when he leaves Courage finds that Fred shaved into his butt: “With love -Fred.” The dark tones found in this episode are that its exposing kids to mental illness when they may not be ready to understand that part of the world it is also inappropriate due to the illegal activity of animal cruelty. Lastly we have “Everyone Wants to Direct,” its about a zombie who says hes a director wanting to make a zombie movie, at first it seems ok until you find out his soul purpose. His plan is to revive his partner that the farm was built over so they can film themselves disemboweling Muriel. The Dark tones listed in these episodes push the Y7 TV rating by just being too disturbing for kids 5 to 8 and is exposing them to serial killers murdering them in such a way. Some kids may not understand the dark tones in these episodes, however they would understand is the scary imagery which is going to scare them.
Courage the Cowardly Dog is too known for its scary imagery such as 3 episodes such as ”Perfect,” “Courage in the Big Stinkin’ City,” and “Windmill Vandals.” “Perfect” is about Courage getting so caught up in his own flaws that he makes a mental teacher for him to teach him how to be “Perfect.” The episode isn't really bad overall except for one part. When Courage falls asleep he sees some weird CGI fetis that looks like satans uterus and says “You’re not perfect (echos:perfect).” I mean what the hell! You can't put that on a Y7 tv show i mean when your older it doesn't look that scary ,but for a little kid, you just can't. Next is “Courage in the Big Stinkin’ City.” Courage, Muriel, and Eustace visit this cockroach (blech) named Schwick that tours them around the backstage of a theater in a New York environment. The episode isn't that bad itself except for a demonic claymation in the middle of the episode, pretty messed up, it starts off with a little girl playing a violin, however 2 seconds later it turns around to this crazy clamation with a throbbing face, bulging bloodshot eyes, “summer” teeth (summer here summer there summer missing), and a flapping tongue. Last is “Windmill Vandals,” four super amazing lifelike skeleton viking guys come to terrorize the farm i mean the drawing is like that top notch animation you see in shows like “King of the Hill”. The windmill vandals pull off heads, and will furthermore terrorize all who live on the farm. Nightmare fuel from childhood, How Fun!
Courage the Cowardly Dog has been known for its disturbing themes that would have terrorized kids at a certain age who watched the show. Some examples to support my reasoning include the episodes: “King Ramsay’s Curse,” “The Great Fucilli,” and “The Demon in the Mattress.” “King Ramsay’s Curse” is about an ancient slab that gets stolen from King Ramsay’s tomb. And he wants revenge. The terrible CGI is a key factor in this episode, because unlike “Perfect”, King Ramsay appears for 3 whole minutes. King Ramsay just gives you the creeps and the way he talks is just so unnatural. Next is “The Demon in the Mattress” Muriel gets mad at her old mattress so she gets a new one possessed by a demon. Its basically a parody of the exorcist which you would never see in a kids show. It starts off with the symptoms of exorcism the Muriels head spinning in a full o360 spin then popping off. lastly it is “The Great Fucilli” Muriel, Eustace, and Courage meet a traveling stage’s owner The Great Fucilli later Courage finds out his plan is to turn them into puppets. At first the episode seems pretty tame until at the end when Courage rescues Eustace and Muriel they are puppets and the are dead. Courage has gone insane he spends the rest of his life using their dead bodies to try to live out his life normally, and its damn chilling. This is how the series would have ended if they haven't had been picked up for another season.
To sum up, Courage the Cowardly Dog has been known for its dark tones, scary imagery, and overall disturbing themes. If your kids are watching this show i recommend you inform your kids the difference between make believe and reality. The content of the listed episodes should be at least be rated TVPG in my opinion because the show is a kids show with an interesting theme, even though sometimes it can get out of hand! The Mask was pushing it, Freaky Fred pushed it! my examples are the prostitution in the mask and the strong abuse and the story told from the perspective of a psycho in freaky fred, perfect had a jumpscare that doesn't fit with any animation and/or the series. And the great fucilli, the main character goes insane and the supporting characters well… died. O_O. This is why i am bringing in the rating system to support my facts. For example the only time you can change the rating of a Tv show is if its a recreational show (MythBusters, A Haunting, The Unexplained Files, etc). Also the regulations for a Y7 show are: They must not have sexual content of any kind (nudity, prostitution, sex, etc). Must not have any realistic violence (realistic heads chopped off, ripping someone apart, etc). Must not have adult dialogue(drugs, alcohol, strip clubs, etc) and must not have inappropriate language (cursing, adult jokes, body parts worded incorrectly) and courage the cowardly dog broke some of those rules. And it would be inexcusable nevertheless the show was created in 1999 (the rating system started somewhere around the 1990’s). So this is my opinion, however it should have been tweaked when its rating came out after the second season.