Upcoming series, based on the hugely successful Studio MDHR video game, is a crazy, surreal, 2D retro animation-styled slapstick comedy starring Cuphead and his brother Mugman seeking fun and adventure on Inkwell Isles… pursued by none other than the Devil himself; show premieres February 18.
It’s finally, well, almost here… The Cuphead Show!, based on the extremely cool, retro animation styled, award-winning video game by Studio MDHR that has sold over 6 million copies since its 2017 launch, hits Netflix with 12 12-minute episodes on February 18.
The character-driven 2D comedy series (aren’t most comedy series character driven?) follows the unique misadventures of loveable, impulsive scamp Cuphead and his cautious but easily swayed brother Mugman. As the two scour their surreal homeworld of the Inkwell Isles in search of fun and adventure, they always have each other’s back. Unless there’s only one cookie left, in which case it’s every cup for himself.
The Devil himself joins the fray to toy with the brothers… complete with droll, deliciously evil cadence and villainous intent. The show combines funny slapstick gags with rather weird, slightly creepy anthropomorphic objects sounding like old time New York wiseguys. Channeling the best of Fleischer, it looks fantastic.
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The voice cast includes Tru Valentino (Cuphead); Frank Todaro (Mugman); Joe Hanna (Elder Kettle); Luke Millington-Drake (Devil); Grey Griffin (Ms. Chalice); and Wayne Brady (King Dice).
The series is being produced by Netflix Animation and is developed and executive produced by Emmy and Annie Award-winning producer Dave Wasson (Mickey Mouse Shorts), with Cosmo Segurson (Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling) serving as co-executive producer. For King Features, CJ Kettler serves as executive producer. The game’s creators Chad and Jared Moldenhauer serve as executive producers for Studio MDHR.
Adam Paloian and Clay Morrow direct; Wasson, Morrow, Paloian, Segurson, and Deeki Deke serve as writers. Andrea Fernández serves as art director; the show’s music is by Ego Plum.
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.