John R. Dilworth
John R Dilworth
Birth name: John Russell Dilworth
Sex: Male
Born: February 14, 1963
Birth place: New York City, New York
Occupation: Animator
Years active: 1982–present

John Russell Dilworth (born February 14, 1963 in New York City, New York) is an American animator. He is best known as the producer, director, writer, and creator of the animated television series Courage the Cowardly Dog.

Dilworth attended the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts. After graduation, Dilworth became an art director at Baldi, Bloom and Whelan Advertising, but continued to work on his own films in his spare time, providing much of his own funding. His animated short, The Chicken from Outer Space, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1996. Cartoon Network later commissioned Dilworth to turn the short into a series, which eventually became the wildly popular and critically acclaimed Courage the Cowardly Dog. Dilworth is the president of Stretch Films, a New York-based design and animation studio, which he founded in 1991.

Other works

Dilworth's short Angry Cabaret was also featured in MTV's 1994 Animation Weekend. His breakout film was The Dirdy Birdy. He served as animation consultant on Gumby: The Movie. Dilworth also worked on the original opening for Nicktoons and for the show Doug. His film, Life in Transition, was included in the Animation Show of Shows.

Psyched for Snuppa, a short film created by Michael Pearlstein and animated by Dilworth, was spun-off into a series called Sniz & Fondue which became part of Nickelodeon's KaBlam! from seasons 1 through 3. However, Dilworth had no involvement with the series aside from the pilot.



  • His wife, Michelle Belly Dilworth, was a staff writer on Courage.
  • Dilworth has cited Bob Clampett as a heavy influence.
  • His name makes several cameos as the prefix "Dil" in the show.
  • There is a caricature of him called "Dilly" who also makes several appearances.
  • In October 2018, Dilworth commented on a Facebook post that he was in negotiations with Boomerang to make a prequel to Courage the Cowardly Dog. Later that same month, he announced on Facebook that development on a "potential prequel" to Courage, entitled "Before Courage" was expected to begin.[1]




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