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The Cuphead Show: Netflix announces new animated series

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The Cuphead Show! is coming to Netflix.

Studio MDHR’s wildly popular game needs little introduction. To date, Cuphead has sold over 4 million units worldwide, and has won over 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 continues to be celebrated by fans for its arcade-action gameplay, art design, and award-winning soundtrack featuring jazz, early big band, and ragtime music.

Now, its retro hand-animated style, crazy boss-brawls, and challenging gameplay will come to life on our screens in a whole new way, expanding 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. Through their many misadventures across their surreal home of the Inkwell Isles, they’ve always got one another’s backs.

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. Cuphead has already made its mark in the commercial space, with partnerships ranging from Funko and McFarlan Toys to Dark Horse Comics, Target, Walmart and others.

For King Features, CJ Kettler will serve as the Executive Producer and creators Chad and Jared Moldenhauer will serve as Executive Producers for Studio MDHR. The series will be produced by Netflix Animation and is executive produced by Emmy and Annie Award-winning producer, Dave Wasson (Mickey Mouse Shorts) and Cosmo Segurson (Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling) serves as co-executive producer.

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