the cuphead show

Netflix’s upcoming animated series The Cuphead Show! has a bit of an unusual background: its retro Max Fleischer-inspired style would have you thinking that it’s a modern remake of a 1930s classic, when in fact it’s an adaptation of a 2017 video game.

Developed by Canadian video game developer StudioMDHR, Cuphead is a run-and-gun video game that was inspired by the rubber hose style of animation used in cartoons of the 1930s, and built some of the surreal elements of the animation into its gameplay. The result was one of the unique video games in years, with Cuphead earning several awards and selling over 5 million copies within two years. It wasn’t much later that Netflix came knocking about turning Cuphead into an animated series. Now the streamer has released a sneak peek, giving a behind-the-scenes look at the nostalgic animation design of the upcoming series.

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Cuphead Animated Series

Have you heard of Cuphead? It’s an indie video game series from Studio MDHR with a visual style that calls back to classic 1930s cartoons from the likes of Max Fleischer, creator of Betty Boop, Popeye, and more. As for the gameplay, it has a classic run-and-gun feel like old school videos games such as Contra or Earthworm Jim with players controlling Cuphead and his brother Mugman as they fight a stream of bad guys and big bosses. Gamers of all ages love this stuff, and Netflix wants to capitalize on that.

Netflix has has announced a team-up with King Features to create The Cuphead Show!, an animated series based on the video games that aims to “expand on the characters and world of Cuphead.” And before you ask, yes, the vintage animation style of the video game series will be kept intact. Read More »