A hit indie game is getting an animated series set in the animation era that inspired it. Studio MDHR's Cuphead is coming to Netflix as The Cuphead Show, an original series inspired by the Fleischer cartoons of the 1930s.
Not much more is known in terms of story beyond it the show starring Cuphead and his brother Mugman. The two make a deal with the devil after a bad night of gambling, setting the stage for the Cuphead game.
Coming to you in full color and cine-sound, it's...The Cuphead Show! Witness the wondrous Inkwell Isles as you've never seen them before in an original series inspired by classic animation styles of the 1930s. Now in production by the talented team at @Netflix Animation! pic.twitter.com/4xA59eVLra— Studio MDHR (@StudioMDHR) July 9, 2019
This series comes via Netflix and King Features Syndicate. Animation will be done through Netflix Animation rather than Studio MDHR, who is likely hard at work on the last bit of DLC for Cuphead. The two brothers of Studio MDHR, Chad and Jared Moldenhauer, will serve as executive producers, while C.J. Kettler (Carmen Sandiego) will executive produce for King Features. On the Netflix Animation side, Dave Wasson (Mickey Mouse Shorts) will executive produce, while Cosmo Segurson (Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling) will be co-executive producer.
The Cuphead Show is another in a long line of Netflix video game adaptations. After releasing the animated Castlevania, Netflix has since signed on for several game-based productions, including The Division, Magic: The Gathering, and The Witcher. Netflix's The Witcher actually recently got a few more cast shots of its primary leads, including Henry Cavill's Geralt of Rivia, alongside Yennefer of Vengerberg and a young Ciri.
If The Cuphead Show can remain as faithful as Castlevania was or how The Witcher is looking, without losing some independent spark, it could be a real blast. We'll learn more as the show goes through production and a release date is announced.