Netflix’s The Cuphead Show is beautifully animated to give the series the same classic feel as the game. Unfortunately, that’s the only positive aspect of the show. Check out the details in my parents guide review.
Netflix’s The Cuphead Show drops on the streaming service tomorrow, February 18th. The series is based on the popular video game, Cuphead, and it brings the same animation style to the show that first attracted players to the game. In this twelve-episode series, with each episode running around 15 minutes long, Cuphead and Mugman go on plenty of adventures together in this silly series! Check out the details in my parents guide review.
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The Cuphead Show Parents Guide
THE CUPHEAD SHOW! is a character-driven comedy series following the unique misadventures of loveable, impulsive scamp Cuphead and his cautious but easily swayed brother Mugman. As the two scour their surreal homeworld of the Inkwell Isles in search of fun and adventure, they always have each other’s back. Unless there’s only one cookie left, in which case it’s every cup for himself. THE CUPHEAD SHOW! combines nostalgic delights, side-splitting gags, and a healthy dose of the heebie jeebies—especially when a ridiculously weird nemesis, The Devil himself, arrives on the scene to toy with our heroes.
The Cuphead Show Age Appropriate Parents Guide
Let’s take a look at what parents need to know before letting their kids watch The Cuphead Show!
Language: The Cuphead Show contains mild language. The strongest words you will come across include: idiot, loser, punk, creep, and dum-dumb.
Mature Content: The series is made for a very young audience, but there is some content that parents need to be made aware of. Characters are put in dangerous situations like being electrocuted, hand-to-hand combat with other characters, and having weapons used against each other. There is a scary devil figure that may frighten some of the youngest viewers.
The best thing about Netflix’s The Cuphead Show is its animation, with a classic style that transports viewers to the olden cartoon days of Tom & Jerry and Popeye. The developers of the video game are said to have drawn inspiration for the animation from Disney and Fleischer Studios, which have given us characters like Betty Boop and Steamboat Willie. While watching the new series, viewers can spot this inspiration right away and appreciate the nostalgic tone.
Aside from the animation, there is not much else to enjoy about The Cuphead Show, and frankly, this author questions exactly who the series is made for. The show’s hell and heaven setting and many of its themes, which include gambling, may be a bit inappropriate for a younger audience. However, older kids may feel the series is much too infantile for their generation, as it limits the series to only 15 minutes per episode and doesn’t include any humor that would speak to their generation. And if this show was made specifically for video game lovers, one would guess the storyline would follow the game’s events more closely, which it does not.
Instead of a light, fun watch, The Cuphead Show was more of a chore to get through, a chore even more difficult than the game itself. I understand the nostalgia of wanting to create a game and subsequent series such as this. Even though the shows that inspired this are from generations past, folks of my generation grew up watching them as classics. But in today’s world, kids know little to nothing about them, and would question why there are such extreme things going on. Outside of it being fodder for my generation’s youth, Gen Z and even some millenials would find this cringey and most assuredly wouldn’t want their kids to perpetuate what was deemed safe for children in the 1940’s into the 2020’s. Times have changed, and so have the rules, and so a series like The Cuphead Show just comes off as ignorant and outdated.