John R Dilworth

Jonathan "John" Russell Dilworth (born February 14, 1963), 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. He also worked on the original opening for Nicktoons on Nickelodeon and for the Nicktoon, Doug.

Dilworth's short Angry Cabaret was featured in MTV's 1994 Animation Weekend. His breakout film was The Dirdy Birdy. He was also the animation consultant for Gumby: The Movie. Dilworth appeared in pixilation sequences in the 2013 animated short Subconscious Password by Chris Landreth. His film, Life in Transition, was included in the Animation Show of Shows.


  • Pierre (1985)
  • The Limited Bird (1989)
  • When Lilly Laney Moved In (1991)
  • Psyched For Snuppa (1992) (Jumbo Pictures for Nickelodeon)
  • Smart Talk with Raisin (1993) (Appeared on MTV's Liquid Television in 1994)
  • The Dirdy Birdy (MTV) (1993)
  • Angry Cabaret (1994)(Also appeared on MTV Animation Weekend)
  • Cartoon Network (ID's) (1994-1997)
  • The Chicken From Outer Space (1995)
  • Noodles and Nedd (1996) (later appeared on Sesame Street)
  • Big Bag: Ace and Avery (1998)
  • Hector The Get-Over Cat (1998)
  • A Little Curious (short films) (1999)
  • Catch Of The Day (featuring Noodles and Nedd) (2000)
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog (Rated TV-Y7/TV-Y7-FV) (series) (1999–2002)
  • The Mousochist (2001)
  • Life In Transition (2005)
  • Garlic Boy (2008)
  • Rinky Dink (2009)
  • Bunny Bashing (2011)
  • The Fog of Courage (2014)
  • The Dirdy Birdy Redux (2014)
  • Goose in High Heels (2017)
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