Netflix Developing Animated Series Based on ‘Cuphead’ Game

Netflix is developing an animated series, “The Cuphead Show!,” based on Studio MDHR’s video game Cuphead.

Netflix and King Features Syndicate, a part of Hearst Entertainment and Syndication, jointly announced the project.

The new series, based on the game featuring retro hand-animated style and crazy boss-brawls, will expand on the characters and world of Cuphead with an animation style inspired by the classic Fleischer cartoons from the 1930s. The character-driven comedy follows the unique misadventures of the impulsive Cuphead and his cautious but easily swayed brother Mugman.

For King Features, C.J. Kettler will serve as executive producer and creators Chad and Jared Moldenhauer will serve as executive producers for Studio MDHR. The series will be produced by Netflix Animation.

To date, Cuphead has sold more than 4 million units worldwide, and has won more than 20 major awards, including Special Achievement in Animation at the 45th Annual Annie Awards, Xbox One’s Game of the Year, a BAFTA Games award for Music, and a trio of statues at the 2017 Game Awards for Best Debut, Best Independent Game and Best Art Direction. The game features arcade-action gameplay, original art design and an award-winning soundtrack featuring almost three hours of original jazz, early big band and ragtime music.

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This announcement marks the first long-form animated series production for King Features since announcing their strategy to build character franchises across multiple platforms including television, digital video, licensing and social media.