I’ve said before that I don’t play video games but that doesn’t mean I don’t respect them. The most recent video game that I’ve been obsessed with is Cuphead. I love the old Fleischer inspired animation that really feels like it was made during the 40s. So, it makes sense for Cuphead to be adapted into a cartoon. The Cuphead Show was probably my most anticipated show on Netflix since Hilda. While the game has the feel of Fleischer this show sort of has the same feel as the 2013 Mickey Mouse shorts which developer of this show Dave Wasson also worked on.
Much like the video game, the animation here is incredible. The show uses a lot of old cartoon tricks to make it feel like it was made in the golden age of animation like live action set models. The film grain is such a great detail that gives the show such an old cartoon vibe to it. The characters have such great and hilarious facial expressions especially the Devil and King Dice. Honestly those two are my favorite characters. What helps are the great character designs and the voice talent and much like Hilda is spot on and I can’t think of better voice for any of the characters Luke Millington-Drake is both threatening and hilarious as the Devil and King Dice is perfectly voiced by Wayne Brady. I will admit one major problem so far is that some of the episode plots are a bit basic and ones I’ve seen in other cartoons but too be fair this show is based on old cartoons.
The Cuphead show is up there with Smiling Friends as one of the best new animated shows of 2022. Season 1 does end on a cliffhanger and more season are confirmed in the future so I will be very excited to see our favorite Cuphead, Mugman and devil return for season 2.
Before we begin, I wanted to tell a funny and personal story involving Arthur and me. I used to be afraid of the intro because of the moment at the end where DW shouts HEY! It scared me so much that I either waited in the other room or closed my eyes until it was over. I never even conquered this fear until years later. LOL
Today, marks the end of an era. Arthur one of the longest running kids shows and one of the most popular PBS shows has finally aired its final episode. This was a show that’s been around for nearly my whole life since I was one when it first premiered. The characters were so memorable and I love how we got to see some episodes that focused not just on Arthur’s friends but also their families too. It gave Elwood City so much life. This show also taught really good morals. Probably the most famous episode was April 9th which was a response to the September 11th attacks. This episode dealt with many things we felt during the tragedy such as lost, fear, trauma and even not knowing how to feel. Anyone can relate to these feeling even me since I went through due to recent history.
Spoiler Warning: The final episode is about Arthur and his friends playing a game that tells your future but aren’t thrilled with there results especially Arthur who didn’t get one. After a very sweet cameo of the original author Marc Brown the episode time skips 20 years into the future where the characters are actually happy with there futures. The episode then ends with Arthur (cleverly played by his original actor) showing his friends his published graphic novel of his childhood (specifically the story of when he got his glasses) and wow seeing his book got me right in the feels. I can’t think of a more beautiful way to end this series.
PBS would’ve never been the same or ever will be the same without our favorite aardvark and we will miss him and everyone in Elwood City. Thank You Marc Brown and everyone who worked on the show for making every day a wonderful kind of day, where we can learn to work and play, and get along with each other.
Hey! What a wonderful kind of day, Hey! What a wonderful kind of day, Hey!