The Cuphead Show! review

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.

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