Good things come to those who wait, and that especially appears to be the case with Netflix and King Features Syndicate's animated series adaptation of indie game sensation Cuphead. With game creators Chad Moldenhauer and Jared Moldenhauer serving as executive producers for Studio MDHR, and C.J. Kettler (Carmen Sandiego) executive producing for King Features, The Cuphead Show! was first announced back in July 2019, and now viewers are getting a look behind the scenes with the creative team as well as voice actors Tru Valentino (Cuphead) and Frank Todaro (Mugman) for an update on how production is going.
The new animated, all-ages comedy will retain the combination of 2020 style with classic, 1930's Fleischer cartoons-inspired look that made the game so unique. While the game's main storyline of Cuphead and his brother Mugman's deal with The Devil is expected to remain, the series will have the opportunity to expand the game's universe by focusing on new characters, locations, and narratives. Netflix Animation is set to produce, with Emmy Award and Annie Award winner Dave Wasson (Mickey Mouse Shorts) on board to executive produce; and Cosmo Segurson (Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling) set to co-executive produce.
Originally released by game developer and publisher Studio MDHR in 2017, the critically-acclaimed indie game would go on to sell over 4 million copies (and counting), taking home the "Best Independent Game" Award at the 2017 Game Awards as well as a BAFTA Games award for its music. The franchise would quickly move beyond just video games and become a major IP merchandising-wise (a visit to a Hot Topic makes the point perfectly). Known for such iconic pop culture properties such as Popeye, Garfield, and Archie, The Cuphead Show! will be King Features' first long-form animated series production but not the last. In February 2019, the company announced new initiatives to build up its franchises across a number of media platforms. Netflix's The Cuphead Show! joins HBO's The Last of Us, Showtime's live-action Halo and Ubisoft's Skull & Bones on the list of video game-to-series adaptations. Even Myst is getting in on the game, with Village Roadshow looking to build a film/television "universe" around the adventure-puzzler.