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Netflix Announce 'The Cuphead Show', New Series From Zack Snyder

With a sizable chunk of their licenced content due to leave in the near future due to Disney Plus and HBO Max its no wonder that Netflix is putting so much into original programming. And from the sheer amount of animated content being announced, it seems fair to assume that it's been very popular for them. Which can only be good news for animation fans.

The indie video game Cuphead got an awful lot of attention in animation circles for its gorgeous recreation of 1930's Fleischer-style animation. It seems a pretty natural evolution for the game to get an animated adaptation- and it's now been announced that The Cuphead Show is coming to Netflix. The streamer is partnering with the game's creators Studio MDHR and King Features Syndicate to create the series.

The game stars Cuphead and his brother Mugman, who live in the Inkwell Islands. After losing a game of craps to the devil, they must fight his debt collectors to win back their souls. It seems like the series will instead focus on the further adventures of the brothers, rather than closely follow the plot. There's no doubt that the animation itself is going to be the main draw here though.

Less of a known quantity is a new original series from Zack Snyder (director of 300 and Watchmen) and Jay Olivia (who has worked as a storyboard artist on live-action movies as well as directing DC animated movies). All we know about the series is it's due to be inspired by Norse Mythology. Netflix wants us to call it "anime", but unless it's made in Japan, we're just going to go ahead and call it an animated series, if that's alright with you. The series is being made by Stone Quarry Animation, a new company set up by  Zack and Deborah Snyder and Olivia,.

Neither series has announced a release window at this stage.