Coming up on just a year after its announcement, Netflix has revealed the first look at the upcoming Cuphead animated series, including footage, cast announcements, and testimonies from the animation team.
Through a video posted to Netflix’s social channels, the streaming service put a few clips of The Cuphead Show in motion, as well as some concept art and unfinished line art. While it doesn’t make any mention of when the show will launch, this first look did confirm its main characters will be getting voiced this time around. Tru Valentino, known for playing multiple roles in the animated series Fast & Furious Spy Racers, will be playing the titular character, while Frank Todaro, who’s been playing characters like Starscream in the Transformers animated series for several years, will be voicing Mugman.
“Reimagining the Fleischer style with these incredibly relatable siblings is gonna be pretty fresh and new,” said King Features Executive Producer CJ Kettler. This is in reference to Fleischer Studios, which is responsible for many iconic animated characters from early 20th century cartoons like Popeye the Sailor and Betty Boop, which inspired the art style of the Cuphead universe.
Check out the video below:
Take an inside peek at the intricate, nostalgic design of The Cuphead Show! pic.twitter.com/EF0kpAi973
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) June 26, 2020
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Unfortunately, we didn’t get a ton of information on the story of the show beyond that Cuphead and Mugman will be getting into some sibling antics, but there was an appearance by bad guy King Dice, so there will be some familiar faces showing up beyond the two main characters.
Cuphead is the latest example of Netflix leaning into video game adaptations, which makes sense considering the runaway success of The Witcher, which premiered at the end of last year and stars Superman actor and certified dreamboat Henry Cavill as main character Geralt of Rivia. Since then, the company has let slip that it has a Resident Evil series in the works as well, but details on that are scarce, as the only word we’ve gotten on it came in the form of a synopsis that briefly appeared online before being promptly taken down.
Netflix has also gotten pretty chummy with the Pokemon franchise lately, not only getting the exclusive premiere of the English dub of Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution, as well as the streaming rights to the newest season of the Pokemon animated series called Pokemon Journeys. The series is being rolled out quarterly on the service, with new dubbed episodes coming to Netflix every four months. At least, they will when the show re-enters production, as it’s been taking a hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic interfering with development.
Just yesterday, Netflix announced it would be streaming an anime series based on CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, which will be handled by Studio Trigger, known for its work on Promare and Kill la Kill.