Cuphead is coming to Netflix as part of a deal between Netflix, King Features, and Cuphead developer Studio MDHR.
Simply titled The Cuphead Show, this new series will focus on the game’s main characters and utilize other aspects of the popular 2017 2D action title that it’s based on. It will also feature that game’s incredible animation style, but the Cuphead creators say that they won’t be handling the actual animation duties.
“We are not going to be animating this [ourselves] because it would never be finished,” says Cuphead co-creator Chad Moldenhauer in an interview with IGN. “The current goal is to stay as far away from [computer-assisted] puppeteer animation as possible…It’s going to be hand-drawn but digitally. ‘Tradigital’.”
Plot-wise, the current team involved with the project (which includes the game’s creators as executive producers) is still working out the specifics, but the game will star Cuphead and Mugman as they go on various adventures on and around Inkwell Isle. Chad Moldenhauer compared the concept to the old Mickey Mouse cartoons in the sense that the show will be flexible enough to allow Cuphead and Mugman to participate in a variety of adventures and assume many roles. Despite the comparison, it doesn’t sound like the team is aiming for an entirely wholesome show.
“It’s safe for kids, but written so there are also things that adults find funny and appeals to a wider audience,” says Chad Moldenhauer. “It’s not a toddler show or a little kids cartoon. It’s safe to say that [the showrunners are] aiming for the same kind of vibe that the game hints at. They’ll be taking that idea and expanding it.”
Cuphead, the game, featured quite a bit of “questionable” content for its kid-friendly aesthetics (gambling, smoking, violence, deals with the devil, etc.), but much of that content was poking fun at the classic cartoons that Cuphead emulated and their loose morals in regards to certain things. We expect that the show will emulate that same comedic parody/tribute style.
There’s no word yet on The Cuphead Show‘s release date, but given Netflix’s success with the Castlevania animated series, it’s safe to say that you should look forward to this adaptation just as we continue to look forward to Cuphead‘s first DLC release, The Delicious Last Course.