Netflix and King Features Syndicate announced today the new animated series The Cuphead Show!, based on indie game studio Studio MDHR’s video game Cuphead.
The announcement marks the first long-form animated series production for King Features since announcing their strategy to build character franchises across multiple platforms. King Features, a unit of Hearst Entertainment and Syndication, inked a deal in 2017 with Studio MDHR to represent Cuphead for licensing.
The comedic series, set to debut at a yet-to-be-announced date on Netflix, will follow the “misadventures of the impulsive Cuphead and his cautious but easily swayed brother Mugman…across their surreal home of the Inkwell Isles.” Cuphead co-creator Chad Moldenhauer told IGN that the show is still in development, but that it will appeal to both kids and adults. The series will tell a different story than the game, though Moldenhauer points out, “It’s safe to say that [the showrunners are] aiming for the same kind of vibe that the game hints at. They’ll be taking that idea and expanding it.”