The Cuphead Show! (2022-): Season 1


Title: The Cuphead Show!

Year: 2022

Genre:  Action | Adventure | Animation |

Seasons: 1 |

Runtime:  12 min/episode

Creator: Chad Moldenhauer & Jared Moldenhauer

Starring:  Tru Valentino, Frank Todaro, Joe Hanna


Follow the misadventures of the impulsive Cuphead and his cautious but persuadable brother Mugman in this animated series based on the hit videogame.


Adapted from a popular videogame, The Cuphead Show! annihilate all desire to disown the series. At least to some extent. The familiar goofy animation inspired by the 1930s fluid animation style convinced me that the story is worth following. The series is relatively short in runtime at twelve minutes per episode, with a total of barely three hours.

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The animation is fluid, strong, and beautiful produced with sound effects that recollect memories from classic Disney and Hanna Barbera’s animation work from the Golden Age of Animation in America. The lack of overdoes produced content makes the series a nostalgic fresh breeze, establishing a world to admire.  Unlike other Netflix production, these series are rated for all and suitable for all ages. Even children, which is the series’ target group, can watch this and still get the premise.

The voice-acting is a surprisingly good and determined fit for the respective character. Despite the characters being on a never-ending loop, they never develop in any potential way, as each episode ends on a good note. Not the last one, it ends on a cliffhanger. Little information is introduced besides that these characters are brothers or their personalities on display, the series doesn’t really capture any more depth for the series. But it works in this short, swift format that could even work for a YouTube series with the limited runtime.

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There’s a lot of predictable stuff but still has some charming scenes. The jokes and the plot are like what we’ve seen before. We can sense a familiarity that is always appreciated but there’s nothing new. Although the Devil character has a wit and charm that adds a new depth to the series. The down-part is the lack of substance, the short length, and no real backstories to this witty adventure, that despite that, it’s a fun and entertaining watch as it’s suitable for all ages.

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