Retro cartoon game, Cuphead, is getting its own Netflix show

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Cuphead is a hardcore sidescrolling game that wowed gamers and animation fans with its hand-animated art style reminiscent of cartoons from the 1930s. Soon the world and characters of Cuphead will be entering into your television set as an animated show. Netflix and King Features have announced today that they are working on The Cuphead Show!


Synopsis: 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 creators of Cuphead, brothers Chat & Jared Moldenhauer, will be making an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con with a panel and exclusive poster signing at the Comics Kingdom booth (#1634) on Saturday, July 20th. This marks their debut at the convention, and the duo will be participating in a panel moderated by C. J. Kettler (president of King Features and executive producer of Netflix’s Carmen Sandiego and The Tick). It will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm in Room 5AB.

The Cuphead Show! will have the Moldenhauer brothers serving as executive producers along with CJ Kettler under King Features. It will be produced by Netflix Animation and also executive produced by Dave Wasson (Mickey Mouse Shorts) and co-executive produced by Cosmo Segurson (Rock’s Modern Life: Static Cling).

The show is based on the game developed by Studio MDHR, which is available for the Xbox One, PC, macOS and Nintendo Switch. It has sold over 4 million units worldwide.

“Cuphead has all the elements of a brilliant animated series – great characters, physical comedy, beautiful design and a production style that harkens back to the golden age of animation,” said C.J. Kettler, President, King Features Syndicate. “We are so fortunate to partner with Netflix Animation on the production of this new series which will introduce the adventures of Cuphead and Mugman to new audiences.”

“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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