Cuphead, an indie darling developed by Studio MDHR as a Microsoft exclusive, is getting a Netflix adaptation called “The Cuphead Show Also Starring Mugman.” Unlike The Witcher Netflix adaptation, this is not a live-action series (how would a live-action Cuphead show work?), it is instead an all-ages, hand-drawn comedy.
The show will feature the 1930’s-style animation, one of the defining features of the game, and the art won’t be handled by Studio MDHR this time. Instead, Netflix’s in-house animation studio will be handling the drawing and animation of the show. While the animations will all be hand-drawn, it won’t be done to paper like the game was.
We are not going to be animating this [ourselves] because it would never be finished,” told IGN with a laugh during a phone interview. “The current goal is to stay as far away from [computer-assisted] puppeteer animation as possible, the idea will still be that every frame is hand-drawn. It’s going to be hand-drawn but digitally. ‘Tradigital’,” – Cuphead co-creator Chad Moldenhauer to IGN
There is no release date as of yet, as the show is still “in the beginning processes.” It is described as a “character-driven comedy” that follows the adventures and exploits of Cuphead and Mugman.
When asked about the style of comedy that they were aiming for, Chad Moldenhauer said “It’s safe for kids, but written so there are also things that adults find funny and appeals to a wider audience. It’s not a toddler show or a little kids cartoon. It’s safe to say that [the showrunners are] aiming for the same kind of vibe that the game hints at. They’ll be taking that idea and expanding it.”
As far as the plot goes, that is still up in the air. It has been stated that the show will not be a retelling of the Cuphead story from the game, instead it will explore other things.
The game told its story. The cartoon will tell its [own]. I see it in a Mickey Mouse [cartoon] manner. In any given episode, Mickey Mouse could’ve been a pilot, or selling hot dogs, or a musician. There’s not this intention that the two must mesh and fit together. – Jared Moldenhauer to IGN
No other news has been released about the show.
Sourced from IGN