Before I give my thoughts on The Cuphead Show seasons one and two, I must note that I have never played the game that the show is based on. Part of the reason for this is that, initially, I didn’t own an Xbox, so I was unable to play it. Another reason being I have heard about how challenging the game is and I have never been fond of terribly hard games. Nonetheless, seeing the Cuphead game in action through various reviews of it online, I can say that I was a big fan of the game’s animation style and character designs.
The Cuphead Show is an amazingly great show that is very modern while still respectful to the history of animation that inspired the video game’s appearance. Also, I believe the creators of this show went above and beyond not only just paying homage to the classic rubber hose style of animation that was popular in the 20s, 30s, and 40s, but also using some classic animation techniques. For example, some shots in the show are 3-D miniature models with the characters animated on top of them in a technique called stereoptical process. This process was used by Fleischer Studios in the 1930s in some classic cartoons like Popeye. That is a serious attention to detail that I like. Beyond the look, the writing is funny and fun and really takes full advantage of the visuals. Another good aspect of the show is the voice acting for both veterans and newcomers. Veterans like Grey DeLisle as Ms. Chalice and even Wayne Brady as King Dice. The newcomers, or at least the ones I haven’t heard too much outside of The Cuphead Show are also great, especially Tru Valentino as Cuphead and Frank Todaro as Mugman. Another aspect that I liked is that there isn’t much of an overarching story in The Cuphead Show. Most episodes are just random adventures, which I feel is an old school concept that almost doesn’t exist in cartoon shows nowadays.
All in all, The Cuphead Show season one and two are a must watch for those that are fans of the games and fans of animation too. While I am sure that the show may not be a perfect adaptation of the game, it is a fun time that reminds me of classic shows I used to grow up with and enjoyed and I highly recommend this show.
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