The Cuphead Show!, a new animated comedy series based on Studio MDHR’s Cuphead video game, is in the works at Netflix.
From Netflix Animation and King Features Syndicate, the new series will expand on the characters and world of Cuphead and will feature an animation style inspired by the 1930s Fleischer cartoons. The Cuphead Show! will follow the misadventures of the titular character and his cautious but impressionable brother Mugman across the Inkwell Isles.
Melissa Cobb, VP of original animation at Netflix, said: “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. We look forward to bringing this beloved property to television for the first time ever to delight global audiences and animation fans on Netflix.”
C.J. Kettler, president of King Features Syndicate, said: “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. 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.”
Studio MDHR Co-Director Chad Moldenhauer said: “Jared [Moldenhauer, Cuphead co-creator] 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. 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.”