Courage the Cowardly Dog
Courage the Cowardly Dog

Everyone Wants to Direct is an episode from Season 1.

The episode was produced in 1999 and premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States on January 21, 2000. [2]


An alleged famous film director, Benton Tarantella is interested in filming a zombie flick in the Bagge farmhouse. A large payment seals the deal for Eustace, and filming begins in their basement. Unbeknownst to the couple, Tarantella is actually a zombie, and his true intent is to resurrect his dead partner, Errol Von Volkheim, who is buried under the farmhouse and then devour Muriel with Volkheim's help. The film script is actually instructions for the resurrection ritual.


The Bagge family is sitting at home one night when they get a knock at the door. Standing at the door is a man who claims he is Benton Tarantella, the world-famous film director. He tells Muriel and Eustace that he has been scouting locations for his next movie The Return of the Zombies from Beneath the Farm, before realizing their farmhouse would be the perfect location to film the movie. Benton asks to film on the farm and Muriel is enthused, but Eustace isn't interested. However, when Tarantella offers a large sum of money, Eustace immediately changes his mind and agrees to the deal. Courage isn't the least bit excited, and grows increasingly worried that Tarantella might be a zombie, when he witnesses his body parts falling off on several occasions, then Tarantella picks them up and pops them back into place.

Courage keeps trying to warn his owners, but Benton thwarts his efforts each time. Tarantella, Eustace, and Muriel get ready for the movie in the basement, with Tarantella even asking Muriel to star in the movie as the victim of the zombie sacrifice. Eustace is then asked to dig the hole that the zombies rise from. After Courage tries to stop the making of the movie, he is locked out of the basement by Eustace. Courage goes to the computer and makes a search of Benton Tarantella as a movie director, and nothing comes up. But when he does another search, a newspaper article reveals that Tarantella and his partner, another man named Errol Von Volkheim, were serial killers who masqueraded as film directors to lure unsuspecting people into their clutches to murder them. After murdering 12 people, they were sent to jail. Volkheim reformed and was released for good behavior, while Tarantella was left to die in prison. This confirmed Courage's suspicions of Tarantella being a zombie. Courage then looks up Volkheim and discovers from the computer that he is dead while buried in the cemetery... underneath the Bagge farmhouse. Courage discovers Tarantella's plan and why he wanted to use the basement. He plans to resurrect his dead partner and then go back to their murderous ways, and Muriel and Eustace are his first new victims.

Tarantella then asks Eustace to tie Muriel up. Courage finds his way into the basement and takes a look at the script. Benton Tarantella plans to resurrect his dead partner when the planets align, and then they both will eat Muriel. Courage races to save Muriel, but Tarantella grabs him and has Eustace lock him up in a trunk as part of the movie. Then as Eustace films, the planets align and Volkheim rises from the grave. During the confusion, Courage had gotten his hands on the script again and manages to rewrite and change Tarantella's plans. Volkheim and Tarantella reunite and then prepare to eat Muriel. Courage finishes changing the script, and as Eustace reads the script to the zombies, the plans are now written for the big zombie to let the dog out of the box and for both zombies to get back in the hole, and then the dog buries them.

Tarantella explains that it is not his work, but Volkheim scolds him for being a bad scriptwriter, and amongst the arguing they climb in the hole and Courage buries them. Once again, saves his owners without Muriel or Eustace even knowing the danger they were in. As they watch the finished film, Eustace still looks at the contract wondering when he will get paid.


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