According to the developers at Studio MDHR Cuphead, cartoonish indie platformer darling, is getting its own Netflix show. It will be as The Cuphead Show! As a fan of the game, we can only hope the trademark dark edge makes it into the show — because anyone who’s played the game will know it’s not for the most sensitive of souls.
Thus not much information is revealed by the show’s content. Hollywood Reporter reported that the show will be made with the help of King Features Syndicate, the same company that owns the rights to Betty Boop, Felix the Cat, and many other staples of the era Cuphead lovingly imitates. The game is designed to not look more like a cartoon than your usual platformer in the first place, it's deliberately patterned after the 1930s-era Fleischer cartoons.
The game's story is, not to put too fine a point on it. The two ceramic young, Cuphead and Mugman, make a deal with the devil to save their own skin after losing a rigged casino game and then they proceed to collect souls from other debtors by beating the tar out of them in fights.
“Not for the kiddies” vibe
the fact the game is frustratingly difficult kind of builds on that so it kind of worries that its otherwise-blank page on Netflix is listed under the “Kids TV” genre.
On the other hand, Netflix is making its new Witcher series, of which it’s thus far released but a few promotional images.
Generally a very broad slice out of gaming is taken to see what genres resonate with audiences. Though the choice of Cuphead as a subject is a bit of an unexpected one, I’ll appreciate it if Netflix makes a show with the game’s trademark macabre sense of humor.