Wednesday, April 23, 2008

120 [m ] Courage International DVD

Black ink and highlighter marker on copier paper.

Cartoon Network International (Europe) released half a dozen DVD collections last year: Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, The Powerpuff Girls and the Samurai Jack Movie. They came to our department for package/cover illustrations.

Here is a concept for Courage, the Cowardly Dog. I had done about four little concept sketches which ranged from a full scene, to minimalist things like this one. I actually favored this one, but didn't think International would go for it. — They did.

In fact, they liked it so much that they then requested that we design all of the first season covers as big faces, except for Powerpuff, which was going to carry over from the U.S. domestic design. That done, some body, like a buyer, said that they wouldn'tv all sell well like that, so they didn't end up using big heads for the others after all, just for Courage. Time being short by then, International put cover images together from art in the licensing style guides.

COURAGE THE COWARDLY DOG is currently enjoying a second life airing weekday nights. The show is about a small, pink dog who is called upon to get past his terror to save his owners, a farmer and his wife from episodic peril of zombies, aliens, and the like.

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