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The Cuphead Show! is an American-Canadian animated web television series created by Chad and Jared Moldenhauer for Netflix and is produced by StudioMDHR and King Features Syndicate. It is based on the video game Cuphead.

The series made its world premiere at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival on June 15, 2020. Footage from the first four episodes of The Cuphead Show! have been leaked online before its air date.

Netflix released a trailer on January 18, as well as confirming the release date of February 18 of 2022.[1]

Plot Synopsis

The Cuphead Show! is a character-driven comedy series following 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 Cuphead Show! combines nostalgic delights, side-splitting gags, and a healthy dose of the heebie jeebies—especially when a ridiculously weird nemesis, The Devil himself, arrives on the scene to toy with our heroes.”[2]

Cast and Characters

Unidentified Voice of Characters

Production

Development

In July 2019, it was announced that Netflix had green-lit the series for a run of at least ten episodes. The series will be animated; it will not be done as meticulously as the video game using traditional pen-and-paper methods, since that would take far too long to complete, but instead will feature hand-drawn characters and movement. Chad and Jared Moldenhauer from StudioMDHR will be executive producers along with CJ Kettler from King Features Syndicate. Dave Wasson and Cosmo Segurson will co-executive produce, while Clay Morrow and Adam Paloian will be supervising directors.[4]

As of June 25th 4 out of the 10 episode animatics leaked onto the website 4chan without permission from Studio MDHR or Netflix. It's unknown who stole these animatics or if any action will be taken.

Episodes

List of episodes of The Cuphead Show (Season 1)
# Title Air date
1 "CarnEvil" February 18, 2022
2 "Baby Bottle"
3 "Ribby and Croaks"
4 "Handle with Care"
5 "Roll the Dice"
6 "Ghosts Ain't Real!" [5]
7 "Root Packed"
8 "Sweater Off Dead"
9 "Sweater Luck Next Time"
10 "Dangerous Mugman"
11 "Dirt Nap"
12 "In Charm's Way"
TBA "Sweet Temptation" August 19, 2022
"The Devil's Pitchfork"

Reception

The Cuphead Show! was given generally positive reception, with strong praise given to the animation, visuals and dedication to the original game. However, a common criticism on the show was on its lack of substance.

Trivia

  • The show was originally to release the year before (2021) but was delayed for unknown reasons.
  • A few animatics for the show were leaked on June 25th 2020 on the website 4chan.
  • The show made its first debut on June 15th 2020 at the Annecy Animated Film Festival.
  • The show was animated at Lighthouse Studios, an animation studio based in Kilkenny, Ireland.
  • There was a kids book planned for the show, being released on May 3rd, 2022, titled "Welcome to Inkwell Isles!"[6]
  • There is a website acting as a countdown for the show, with special images, gifs, and clips able to be obtained by completing "missions" and solving codes.[7]
  • Bimbo, Flip the Frog and the tenor saxophone from the Silly Symphonies cartoon Music Land appear as background characters.
  • The unlucky telephone who would again have his soul stolen in the episode Roll the Dice was inspired by the one from the Mickey Mouse cartoon Thru the Mirror.
  • The live action sets were provided by Screen Novelties.
  • It is confirmed that Season 2 will be released on August 19, 2022.
  • The Cuphead Show! came out before the DLC.

Trailers

Gallery

References

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