If you haven't heard yet Cuphead is a multi award winning video game that was realeased for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One in September 2017, for macOS in October 2018, and for Nintendo Switch in April 2019. With its throwback homage to the rubber hose style of animation, those used in cartoons of the 1930s and 40s, such as the work of Fleischer Studios, 2020 seems to be getting even better if you already are a Cuphead fan. Dates are to be announced as of right now but in 2020 StudioMDHR, the devolopers of Cuphead is set to release Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course.
In Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course, Cuphead and Mugman are joined by Ms. Chalice for a DLC add-on adventure on a brand new island! With new weapons, new charms, and Ms. Chalice's brand new abilities, take on a new cast of multi-faceted, screen-filling bosses to assist Chef Saltbaker in Cuphead's final challenging quest.
Cuphead, Mugman, Chalice and all the others won't stop there! They are moving on to the next isle, the isle of the worlds largest streaming network. As it was released in a joint announcement from Netflix, King Features, and Cuphead developer Studio MDHR, that Cuphead will star in his own Netflix Original.
Netflix's The Cuphead Show! will feature 1930’s-style animation. It will also be hand-drawn, though not entirely to paper this time, and not by Studio MDHR themselves but instead by Netflix’s own in-house animation studio. “We are not going to be animating this [ourselves] because it would never be finished,” Cuphead co-creator Chad Moldenhauer 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,” he added. “The idea will still be that every frame is hand-drawn” but probably not on paper. “It’s going to be hand-drawn but digitally. ‘Tradigital’,” he said.
Though Cuphead co-creator Jared Moldenhauer told IGN that the show is still “in the beginning processes,” and as such has no release date as of yet, we do know that The Cuphead Show! will follow Cuphead and Mugman in comedic adventures across Inkwell Isle. The press release describes it as such: “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.” We asked the Moldenhauer brothers to elaborate on the style of comedy they’re aiming for, and Chad 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 for what the plot of the show itself will be, Chad told us, “That is something we don’t quite know just yet. But we do know that we are not going to re-tell the game. This is going to explore other things and not just [Don’t Deal With the Devil].” Jared added, “The game told its story. The cartoon will tell its [own].” Along these lines, don’t expect the show to tie directly into the game or vice versa. “I see it in a Mickey Mouse [cartoon] manner,” Jared explained. “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.”
Honestly to have been playing the game with my daughter (Yes, if you havent played cuphead yet, it is one of the hardest run and gun games i have experienced) I love the idea of this, having a huge love for Max Fleischer and Dave Fleischer not only loving what they had produced as a child but how they had done it, as entrepreneurs, now that I'm an adult. I am excited for this and will update more as more is leaked.
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