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Shout Out: Courage the Cowardly Dog
  • To Sweeney Todd, in the form of Muriel's "crazy barber" nephew Fred. The horror is negated somewhat by his cheerful rhyming and the fact that in the end, he's mostly harmless.
  • Also, stock footage of King Ghidorah, a recurring nemesis of Godzilla, appears several times throughout the series.
  • The ending to the original short features Courage holding open the iris out to comment "This shouldn't happen to a dog!". The iris then closes on Courage's nose, causing him to yelp in pain. This gag is a reference to the classic Bugs Bunny short "Hare Ribbin'". Which is further played with in the sequels. "This still shouldn't happen to a dog!"
  • Also, there are figurines of Dilworth's Dirty Birdy short in the house.
  • The twin raccoons from "Campsite of Terror" have the same design as Avery, a character from Ace & Avery, a segment on Big Bag which Dilworth worked on prior.
  • Nedd from Noodles & Nedd (a series of Sesame Street segments by Dilworth) often appears, most commonly as a framed picture in the Bagge house lounge room.
  • The word "Dil" often appears, this is referring to Dilworth.
  • The episode "The Mask" contains a few overall elements and themes of gritty exploitation and noir, especially the violently abusive gangleader boyfriend.
  • Mad Dog's defeat is rather similar to that of Sykes from Oliver & Company, being too caught up in his fight with The Hero to realize his car is heading right into an oncoming train until its too late, the crash itself happening offscreen.
  • Benton Tarantella.
  • An episode where Courage, Muriel and Eustace are brought 1000 years into the future, where everyone is a banana, as a kind of inverted Shout-Out.
  • "Wait! I sense a disturbance in the Force!"
  • In "The Ride Of The Valkyries", a rather dim-witted bird is called the Norwegian Blue.
  • The entire episode "The Demon In The Mattress" was one to The Exorcist.
  • A lot of things the Snowman has said or done are a Shout-Out to Sean Connery and James Bond.
  • Muriel picking up playing the sitar after an early episode may be a shoutout to Star Trek: The Next Generation, and how Captain Picard picked up playing an alien flute after "The Inner Light".
  • The episode "Serpent of Evil River" features a serpent named Carmen who loves opera music. Guess what opera music they used to attract the serpent?...
  • One episode is titled "Courage vs. Mecha-Courage". Just take a guess what that's a shout out too.
  • In "The Duck Brothers" they have a pretty blatant shout-out to The Three Stooges
    • Several times during the same episode, you can hear 'NUMBER 8!' faintly in the soundtrack and at the end of the episode. I wonder why.
  • The way Robot Randy talks is pretty similar to Christopher Walken.
  • In "King Ramses' Curse", Courage at one point turns into a sinking ship, which is accompanied by a familiar flute theme.

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