Netflix's Cuphead Show Looks Pretty Slick in This Early Preview Reel

Netflix's Cuphead Show Looks Pretty Slick in This Early Preview Reel

Cuphead and Mugman are ready for their close-ups.

Hot off the announcement of yet another animated show based on a game, Netflix has given the public a good look at how its Cuphead series is shaping up. There's still no release date given for The Cuphead Show just yet, but it doesn't seem like we'll need to wait all that long before it graces our screens.

You can watch the short preview reel on Twitter, where (unfortunate square cropping aside) you can see how Netflix's team of animators is adapting Cuphead's '30s animation-inspired art and world into a cartoon. No finger guns so far, but in addition to seeing Cuphead and Mugman, we get our first looks at the Devil and King Dice in the show.

Attendees of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival's digital 2020 event actually got to see an extended preview of the show earlier this month. They also got to hear some behind-the-scenes details from its production staff. Speaking with Animation Magazine ahead of the festival, executive producer Dave Wasson (2013's Mickey Mouse series, The Mighty B!) describes the intensity of the pitch process that led to the show getting made.

"I knew that this project was going to be really special," Wasson says. "From there, it was kind of a talent contest to see who the showrunners were going to be, and so I had to pitch to Netflix, to CJ Kettler (King Features Syndicate) and Chad and Jared [Moldenhauer, Cuphead's creators], and each time I was told, 'OK, you made it this far, now don't blow it. They all have to love you!'"

The reel posted by Netflix also introduces the show's leading voice actors, Tru Valentino (Cuphead) and Frank Todaro (Mugman). Todaro has actually had roles in a number of video games, including Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Fire Emblem Heroes.

The Cuphead Show joins a fourth season of the Castlevania anime and the newly announced Cyberpunk: Edgerunners in Netflix's upcoming lineup of animated shows based on games. Meanwhile, Studio MDHR is still working on The Delicious Last Course expansion for Cuphead, which is aiming for a 2020 release.

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