4th, 2002 marked the fourth season debut of John R. Dilworth's innovative
animated series, "Courage the Cowardly Dog," on Cartoon
Jody Gray and
Andy Ezrin's much-acclaimed music for "Courage" is scored
in an unusual way. Traditionally, due to the time constraints inherent
in hectic, TV post-production schedules, a library of reusable music
cues is created for a series. The composer(s) can then choose from
a wealth of material: suspense cues, action cues, etc., to add to
the palette as needed. In contrast, each "Courage" episode
is scored from 'scratch,' only 10-15% of the cues are recycled.
Even repeated themes are often completely
re-orchestrated or turned inside out, keeping each episode musically
fresh and unique, more akin to film scoring than series TV. The
results are extraordinary and quite unlike anything else on television.
the music often dramatically underscores the opposite of what's
going on visually, contributing even more to the cinematic quality
of the show. Very little "Mickey Mouse-ing" (i.e., hitting
every bit of action with corresponding musical stings) is employed.
Styles run the gamut as well, from orchestral to salsa, techno to
Broadway to bluegrass and beyond.
be 104 original scores in total for "Courage" upon completion
of the 4th season.
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Courage Mixing Team: L to R
Jody Gray, Paul Grassini