Tag: comedy

  • The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney Novel Study

    The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney Novel Study

    The Long Haul (2014) by Jeff Kinney is the ninth book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. I wrote about Jeff Kinney’s writing process in this post, after reading various interviews with him around the web. Kinney tells everyone the same thing — he writes the jokes first, finds a way to string them into some sort of story,…

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  • Diary Of A Wimpy Kid And The Buddy Comedy

    Diary Of A Wimpy Kid And The Buddy Comedy

    Jeff Kinney’s Diary Of A Wimpy Kid was first published in 2004. The twelfth in the series is due November 2017. Kinney originally planned ten, unless the quality dropped off. At this point he plans to continue indefinitely, so long as they’re still popular. Television tie-ins, film versions and highly illustrated diaries of the Wimpy Kid ilk are all consumed in abundance.…

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  • The Great Fusilli Courage The Cowardly Dog

    The Great Fusilli Courage The Cowardly Dog

    STORY STRUCTURE OF THE GREAT FUSILLI The Great Fusilli is the last Courage story of season one and it is fitting that the creators have made a work of metafiction — in other words, the audience is reminded that they are watching a TV show. WEAKNESS/NEED Courage: That it’s up to him to save the day despite being an ordinary…

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  • Little Muriel Courage The Cowardly Dog

    Little Muriel Courage The Cowardly Dog

    Often in stories with a very small character there is some metaphorical/thematic reason for it, but in this case Muriel’s regression to the body and mind of a 3 and a half year old is pure fun. In other words, this is a carnivalesque story.

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  • The Snowman Cometh Courage The Cowardly Dog

    The Snowman Cometh Courage The Cowardly Dog

    In The Snowman Cometh episode of Courage is interesting for the way in which the writers comically represent a part of science which is difficult to understand and even harder to portray on screen. SETTING Most of the Courage episodes are set in the Bagge family home in the middle of Nowhere but by this point in the series the…

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  • Heads Of Beef Courage The Cowardly Dog

    Heads Of Beef Courage The Cowardly Dog

    “Heads Of Beef” is an episode of Nickelodeon cartoon show from the late 1990s, Courage The Cowardly Dog. In any horror comedy starring a dog, surely at some point the dog must find himself a hot dog, right? The trope of the surprise in the burger plays on a primal fear we have when visiting cheap food joints — what…

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  • The Hunchback Of Nowhere Courage The Cowardly Dog

    The Hunchback Of Nowhere Courage The Cowardly Dog

    “The  Hunchback of Nowhere” is an episode from the first season of Courage The Cowardly Dog. As ever, this modern re-visioning takes inspiration from a wide history of storytelling, including from The Bible. Any adult viewer will know immediately that this is inspired at least partly by The Hunchback of Notre Dame, though the writers can’t expect a young audience to…

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  • The Clutching Foot Courage The Cowardly Dog

    The Clutching Foot Courage The Cowardly Dog

    This episode of Courage seems to be a parody of an episode of a TV serial from the 1930s based on a novel by Arthur Reeve. It is called “The Clutching Hand” and is about a detective named Craig Kennedy. This serialised original includes the following elements: A get rich quick scheme Assuming a false identity Criminals The original is slow and…

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  • King Ramses’ Curse Courage The Cowardly Dog

    King Ramses’ Curse Courage The Cowardly Dog

    In the “King Ramses’ Curse” episode of Courage the Cowardly Dog we have three plagues — since storytelling loves The Rule Of Three — and the plagues comprise a mixture of ancient and comically modern curses. This horror comedy for children takes inspiration from ancient holy texts such as found in the Bible and in the Quran. In the Bible we…

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  • Shirley The Medium Courage The Cowardly Dog

    Shirley The Medium Courage The Cowardly Dog

    “Shirley The Medium” is an original recomposition of elements from diverse sources: Pandora’s Box, the Ancient Greek Myth A Christmas Carol, Dickens Modern TV psychics STORY STRUCTURE OF SHIRLEY THE MEDIUM SHORTCOMING Courage is unable to tell Eustace not to open the box. He is a dog and can’t speak English. Besides that, the adults don’t listen to him anyway. Also,…

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  • The Duck Brothers Courage The Cowardly Dog

    The Duck Brothers Courage The Cowardly Dog

    “The Duck Brothers” episode of Courage The Cowardly Dog features opponents who are revealed to be not really bad, which makes for a comical big struggle scene. The big struggle scene is noteworthy for including a wide variety of small big struggles. STORY STRUCTURE OF “THE DUCK BROTHERS” SHORTCOMING Courage is unable to convince Eustace when Muriel is in danger because…

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  • Mother’s Day Courage The Cowardly Dog

    Mother’s Day Courage The Cowardly Dog

    “Mother’s Day” is an episode from season one of Courage The Cowardly Dog. This is where we get some of Eustace’s back story. Until this point in the series, Eustace Bagge has been a singularly unpleasant character. We haven’t see what made him the way he is. In this episode, for the first time, we learn his ‘psychological wound’, or…

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  • Night Of The Weremole Courage The Cowardly Dog

    Night Of The Weremole Courage The Cowardly Dog

    The folklore of the werewolf is great fodder for a horror comedy and it was bound to be used sooner or later. Others have made new creatures out of the werewolf story — Wallace and Grommit have The Curse Of The Wererabbit, for instance, in which they take a cute, fluffy animal that can’t (directly) harm humans. Here we have…

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  • The Demon In The Mattress Courage The Cowardly Dog

    The Demon In The Mattress Courage The Cowardly Dog

    In “The Demon In The Mattress” episode of Courage The Cowardly Dog we have the full moon, the midnight ‘witching’ hour and a comic horror story about possession. The idea of an evil mattress is of course horror fantasy, but comes from the real world mistrust we have about sleeping on other people’s beds. Here in Australia it’s not even…

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  • Hot Head Courage The Cowardly Dog

    Hot Head Courage The Cowardly Dog

    The “Hot Head” episode of Courage The Cowardly Dog owes much to the Jekyll & Hyde trope. We can probably go back further than that, to Cain and Abel. For more on twins in literature see here. See also: A History Of Other Selves. STORY STRUCTURE OF “HOT HEAD” This is a story in two distinct parts. Courage sees what happens…

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