Cuphead, the famously punishing video game, is coming to Netflix as The Cuphead Show!, featuring the titular character and his brother Mugman. Aside from its difficulty, the game is also well known for its animation style, based on the iconic (though controversial) 1930s era cartooning of Max Fleischer.
Studio MDHR’s award winning game follows Cuphead and Mugman as they fight for their lives. The two brothers thought they could beat the devil himself in a game of craps, wagering their souls against all the cash in the local casino. Needless to say, the brothers did not win. The devil tells Cuphead and Mugman that if they defeat all the monsters who owe him debts, he may let them keep their souls – hence the game’s ensuing 19 boss battles.
It’s unclear if The Cuphead Show! will take any influence from the game’s story, but the press release describes an expansion on the world of the Inkwell Isles. It goes on “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.”
When it comes to the back end of the show, King Features Syndicate will be collaborating with Netflix and Studio MDHR. King Features’ CJ Kettler and Cuphead creators Chad and Jared Moldenhauer will executive produce. Netflix Animation joins on production with its executive producer Dave Wasson (Mickey Mouse Shorts) and Cosmo Segurson (Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling) as co-executive producer.
At the moment, there’s no release date for The Cuphead Show!, but the game itself is available now on Xbox, Nintendo Switch and PC.