The Cuphead franchise is coming full circle. The game, which was inspired by the animated shorts and TV series of yesteryear, is now becoming a television series itself. Netflix and King Features Syndicate announced an all-new animated series called “The Cuphead Show!,” based on the award-winning video game Cuphead released in 2017.
The game featured a retro hand-animated style, crazy bosses, and challenging gameplay. Netflix is bringing the same traits to “The Cuphead Show!,” which will expand on the characters and world of the franchise. The game, along with the series, shares an animated style inspired by the classic Fleischer cartoons from the 1930s.
For King Features, CJ Kettler will serve as the Executive Producer and creators Chad and Jared Moldenhauer will serve as Executive Producers for Studio MDHR. The series will be produced by Netflix Animation and is executive produced by Emmy and Annie Award-winning producer, Dave Wasson (Mickey Mouse Shorts) and Cosmo Segurson (Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling) serves as co-executive producer.
According to Netflix, the character-driven comedy follows the unique misadventures of the impulsive Cuphead and his cautious but easily swayed brother Mugman. Through their many misadventures across their surreal home of the Inkwell Isles, they’ve always got one another’s backs.
The game has been wildly popular since its release, selling over 4M units worldwide, while winning over 20 major awards. Those awards include a Special Achievement in Animation at the 45th Annual Annie Awards, Xbox One’s Game of the Year, a BAFTA Games award for Music, and a trio of statues at the 2017 Game Awards for Best Debut, Best Independent Game, and Best Art Direction.
“Jared and I grew up on a steady diet of hand-animated classics – some of our favorite memories together are intertwined with early Disney, Ub Iwerks, and Fleischer Studios,” said Studio MDHR Co-Director Chad Moldenhauer. “These cartoons are a huge part of the reason Cuphead came to exist, and the thought of our little animated adventure becoming a cartoon of its own is surreal and wonderful. We can’t think of better partners than King Features and Netflix and are so excited for Cuphead fans and new audiences alike to discover the world of the Inkwell Isles as envisioned by the talented team at Netflix Animation.”
“The Cuphead video game has authentically re-created a golden era of animation and captured the imagination of modern gamers to resounding success and worldwide buzz: a fantastic jumping off point for an all-new Netflix original animated series,” said Melissa Cobb, vice president of original animation at Netflix. “We look forward to bringing this beloved property to television for the first time ever to delight global audiences and animation fans on Netflix.”
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