In a new promotional video, Netflix has given fans a sneak peek at the upcoming Cuphead television series. The colorful animated show is based on the video game of the same name from 2017. The Cuphead game has since become incredibly popular and won several awards for its unique visual design inspired by 1930’s cartoons.
The game itself tells the story of Cuphead and his brother Mugman who makes a foolish deal with the Devil at his casino and then have to hunt down other individuals who are in debt to the Devil in order to keep their souls.
The player fights various monsters in a side-scrolling platform format, and at the end of the game, can decide whether to side with the Devil or fight back against him.
Cuphead was very well-received upon its release and only increased in popularity after becoming available on the Nintendo Switch in April of last year. Due to the game’s positive reputation and critically acclaimed art style, it seems like the perfect fit for the television adaptation.
And Now.. Cuphead TV Show
This idea became a reality in July of last year when Netflix Animation announced they would be producing a Cuphead TV show.
Since first picking up the show, Netflix hasn’t revealed many details about the production, but a new video posted to Twitter by NX, a publicity account for Netflix, now gives Cuphead fans a sneak peek at the new series. The video includes statements from the show’s producers, animators, and voice actors, as well as behind-the-scenes clips of the storyboarding and animation process.
Those who have played Cuphead before may recognize some of their favorite characters in this promo. Towards the end of the video, we get a brief glimpse of the Devil’s casino manager King Dice, one of the most easily recognized bosses from the original game.
Since the video game is well-known for its difficult-to-beat bosses (and even a number of secret bosses), it’s likely that these villains will be heavily featured in the animated show.
This new video also illustrates the dynamic between the main character Cuphead and his brother Mugman. The voice actors for Cuphead (Tru Valentino) and Mugman (Frank Todaro) show off some of their performances, demonstrating how they’re going to bring new life to the beloved characters.
In the game, Mugman functions as an additional character for 2-player mode, but it appears that the television show will be doing more to round out his personality and make him essential to the series.
Ultimately, this seems to be how the show will succeed. Cuphead seems to be taking the 30’s-style visual aesthetics of the game and matching them with a strong, character-driven story that will take the original plot to the next level.
The series is set to release sometime in 2021, so we’ll have to wait a bit and see what new things this show does with its source material. So, what do you all think about this guys?