Cuphead – Did You Know Gaming? Feat. TheCartoonGamer
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Cuphead – Did You Know Gaming? Feat. TheCartoonGamer

August 15, 2019


(Here’s a real high class battle) (And Begin!) Did you know? Brothers and Cuphead creators Chad and Jared Moldenhauer Always had the idea of making a game of their own Though they lack the resources to do so for many years After seeing the success of the indie scene in 2010 Especially with games like Super Meat Boy and Castle Crashers The two realized it was possible for them to make a quality game And development on Cuphead entered its early stages soon after From the start the gameplay was inspired by run-and-gun games Like Contra and Gunstar Heroes But the game’s eventual look was rooted in 1930s cartoons Notably from the works of Fleischer Studios The brothers grew up watching cartoons from the era through VHS tapes They got themselves or as gifts The duo figured that as technology improved, someone would make a game in that style But no one attempted it to the degree they hoped for The idea of 1930’s visuals actually began as a joke they’d shoot around in brainstorming sessions Thinking they’d be unable to pull the look off successfully, they dabbled in other styles But always came back to that idea Despite their lack of training, it was something that resonated with them And they dove right into it When thinking of designs for the game’s protagonist, there had been hundreds of ideas drawn up But nothing was working for them at first They wanted to steer clear of animals due to how common they were in platformers Opting for something they could call their own A Light Bulb character fittingly led to the idea of more inanimate objects for heads And led to them being more experimental with their designs Near the end of the process Chad would study background elements in cartoons for anything he could find And over time they came to the design we now know The designs also said to have roots in a 30s Japanese propaganda film That featured a man with a Teacup Head Some of the scrapped ideas showed up in the final game as NPC’s Such as the Axe and Apple head designs And Mugman’s character came from the desire of a two-player dynamic Being the younger brother, Jared said he always identified as Luigi And they wanted to give off a Mario Brothers vibe with the duo The game started out simple and was planned to have eight bosses In a similar structure to the Mega Man series However with its popularity at tradeshows, the two felt the need to expand the game To feature more content, what they originally envisioned before scaling back It resulted in the team and development time increasing But they were still set on seeing it to the end The game’s animation process was said to slow down production by 80% When compared to doing it digitally They stuck with it because they wanted to be as true to the art style as they could And to help keep traditional animation alive It was even considered to color everything by hand But it only would’ve gone to add years to production time The style lent itself to the gameplay due to the wild, eccentric nature of 30s cartoons Leading to near endless possibilities for boss ideas That said, before coming up with a boss They needed to know how it’d play out in advance Depending on its size or location they designed it with that in mind Coupled with the theme of where they’d appear in the game There was one idea where a boss would be fought on a sheet of music With the patterns relying on the levels actual soundtrack This idea didn’t get off the ground as the pattern couldn’t be changed once implemented Plus the track had to be different for each of the game’s difficulty settings Despite the push backs in the 4 years since its first announcement the game proved popular through it all Selling over 1 million copies in its first two weeks The studio took many chances throughout development But took things in small steps before getting to the game’s current scope Gerardus said that had they known just how much work would go into Cuphead from the start, they likely never would have made it Cuphead’s development was an intimate affair Spouses, Cousins, and Friends of the brothers lend their talents to help bring it to life Being as passionate as they were about the project and gaming as well The game’s composer Chris Madigan was a friend of the brothers since childhood and was their go-to guy Knowing he could deliver on the soundtrack they needed That said the game was also a first for Madigan Though he had studied jazz he didn’t consider it his strong suit on top of doing little actual composing beforehand Game tracks often loop at a points in their songs But for cuphead Madigan wanted each piece to be as long as it needed to be Even if the player wouldn’t hear the full piece in game Though there were limitations to how the music could interact with the action on screen A staple of classic cartoons Madigan instead went for the vibe of excitement and unpredictability, complementing the game’s nature Each piece also has several different mixes and solos when one was recorded that have Soloists play over the finished piece with a variety of instruments and improvised segments Because of this when fighting the same boss again a slight variation of the theme can be heard There are a few nods to other video games in Cuphead’s score The Funfair Fever track has a similar segment to the Athletic Theme from Super Mario World This bit according to Madigan was a crazy coincidence The Mario series helped influence another track more directly The elder kettles theme was initially made for a possible Waterworld that was cut from the final product Madigan looked to Koji Kondo’s method of scoring for water levels in the Mario Brothers Soundtrack 33 and a Third Book, noting that many were based on Waltz Numbers Coincidentally, a master class he attended was covering how to write waltzes, and he saw it fitting to make one There are dozens of references to games and animations sprinkled throughout Cuphead With the team wanting them to act more as subtle nods than direct shoutouts Goopy Le Grande’s look was inspired by early RPGs Where enemies were commonly slime creatures, and was in Cuphead before their own boss formula The third phase of dramatic finatic is another nod to JRPGs With Sally stage play’s cut out bearing a striking resemblance to Kefka from Final Fantasy VI Grim Matchstick has roots in Mega Man 2’s Mecha Dragon Boss And his name references animator Grim Natwick who worked on many Fleischer cartoons And like Matchsticks spoke with a pronounced stutter Dr. Kaul shares his surname with one of Disney’s nine old men Milt Kahl And the level perilous peer shows a building named Hotel Iwerks Referencing animator and co-creator of Mickey Mouse Ub Iwerks Baroness Von Bon Bon has design roots in not only cartoons But also in actresses from the era such as Betty Grable, Bebe Daniels, and Loretta Young The railroad Wrath bosses all have ties to Japanese Yokai The ghost with Tenome, a ghost with eyes on their hands The skeleton with Gashadokuro, a giant skeleton The Train Pistons possibly with long neck Yokai such as Rokurokubi and the head of the Train with Oboruguruma, Ox carts with faces that appear in the dead of night The stage also draws parallels with Final Fantasy 6’s Phantom Train As both have the player making their way through a haunted train before fighting the train itself The level Clip Joint Calamity is one huge shout-out to the Street Fighter series Ribby and Croaks start the fight with Ryu and Ken’s taunts and their moves reference other fighters From E. Honda’s hundred Hand Slap, Guile’s Sonic Boom, Dawson’s Yoga Fire and even Blanca’s Roll Their slot machine phase references the Street Fighter 2 bosses with U.S. Balrog depicted by the machine itself And Vega, Sagat, and M. Bison by the slot patterns As it shows Snakes, Tigers, and Bulls respectively Lastly when the player dies to the devil in his second phase his death quote will be “Anyone who opposes me will be destroyed” Which is directly lifted from M. Bison’s game over quote in Street Fighter II Did you also know that the sonic franchise’s Chaos Emeralds aren’t actually emeralds and should be named the Chaos Diamonds? for more platforming facts check out our video on Sonic secrets and censorship And if you want to hear me talk about cuphead even more here’s a little review I did for just such the occasion check it out and see why I think it’s one of the best games I ever did play Plus some other cool stuff about it too. Later haters!

99 Comments

  • Reply AnimeWolfgamer July 19, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    So glad this game succeeded.

  • Reply Spark Blast ZX July 20, 2018 at 4:16 am

    Mario was going to be cuphead !?

  • Reply Subconsciouslockdown July 23, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Cup head for smash ultimate!

  • Reply Niko the Random drago July 24, 2018 at 5:04 am

    1:15 mario?! Also I think I saw link

  • Reply Anxietyprimev69 July 29, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    well, theres gonna be a dlc, so thats a thing

  • Reply Mitzos SirReal July 30, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    FUCKIN MASTERPIECE!!! full of gamebreakin bugs on release, BUT STILL FUCKIN MASTERPIECE!!! haha

  • Reply Capital B August 4, 2018 at 12:48 am

    So is he just…always available to narrate?

  • Reply Jack Sypher August 8, 2018 at 12:05 am

    You should've mentioned how one of the references was Hilda having similar features to Betty Boop

  • Reply black mask August 11, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    1:14 mario and felix the cat

  • Reply JBG August 20, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    You forgot about the doctor being a reference to Dr. Wily

  • Reply gaminguy 456 August 23, 2018 at 11:43 am

    The chaos emeralds are actually chaos quartz’s

  • Reply Deadpool The merc with a mouth August 27, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    1:14 it’s-a-me

  • Reply Cesar Vera September 3, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    When I saw Cuphead at E3 it was the sole reason I wanted a Xbox one but then I just sorta forgot it existed

  • Reply that guy who claims this name September 5, 2018 at 1:58 am

    If you extract the game files the title theme changes and sounds nightmare like and theres a hiddin picture in the song

  • Reply M'Guphynn Media September 8, 2018 at 2:52 am

    One of the best games of the last 5 years

  • Reply Brandon Soya September 17, 2018 at 2:58 am

    I really like how you said something about the Japanese yo Kai I love Japanese culture and I still never noticed that

  • Reply Anthony Rivera September 19, 2018 at 9:41 am

    You have a big issue with reading too much script and never giving a rest at the end of a sentence. With little to no emphasis on any words. It literally sounds like you are machine gun mouthing a script as fast as you can with being understandable.
    A half second at least btwn lines would make you less annoying to hear.

  • Reply Henry September 22, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Chaos quartz

  • Reply The GamingSmith Official September 25, 2018 at 5:12 am

    Did anyone else see “Macnamara” then watched “The one thing”?

  • Reply Broder September 30, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    1:14 I smell… a motherfucking Mario

  • Reply Sora Plays October 3, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    its called rubberhose style

  • Reply Sunchipp Studio October 16, 2018 at 4:25 am

    4:33 combine the two songs this is the end result 😂
    https://youtu.be/8hND9Kao0Kg

  • Reply Adam Cederquist October 23, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Who is hyped for the DLC coming in 2019?

  • Reply AI Duty October 30, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    YA LIKE JAZZ?

  • Reply Game Boi November 5, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    Mughead

  • Reply a crappy channel November 25, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Cuphead they run out of paper ._.

  • Reply adamushu November 28, 2018 at 7:25 am

    My brother's college profs were in the jazz band for this game.

  • Reply Jitespol December 2, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    4:48
    You put athetic, not athletic

  • Reply Pepe Zap December 5, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    boohoo narrator is bad? do quality content and narrate yourself or chill tf out

  • Reply Fancy Crumpets December 11, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    8 bosses and a extremely hard tutorial*

  • Reply DAMIAN SANCHEZ January 8, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Did you Know that if you somehow die in the tutorial the dead dialogue is
    'You're Not a Master, You're a begginer"
    The same game over screen of sagat
    A fighter of street fighter
    This text Also appears in a unused boss battle

  • Reply John V January 21, 2019 at 2:16 am

    Best animated video game since Disney's Aladdin on the Sega Genesis/ Mega Drive.

  • Reply Casey Decker February 26, 2019 at 2:28 am

    I'm personally glad they didn't use the character design found in the middle of the top row @ 1:28 for Cuphead and/or Mugman because it looks rather ugly and unappealing IMO.

  • Reply Jonathan Salvador March 15, 2019 at 9:30 am

    I hope it comes out on the Switch with the Xbox live collab

  • Reply Anton Mendoza March 18, 2019 at 4:53 am

    We need a Physical Release

  • Reply DatAlphaLion March 20, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Who’s watching to commemorate the Nintendo Switch version?

  • Reply IdoShaNintendo[DAWN] March 20, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Guess what game just got announced to the Switch.

  • Reply VGG Brayden March 20, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Anyone here after the Nindies that announced Cuphead for switch???

  • Reply Netflixmaster 64 March 20, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Cuphead is finally coming to the Nintendo Switch

  • Reply Fernando Zavaleta Bustos March 20, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    DID YOU KNOW? Cuphead will be released on Nintendo Switch on April 18th.

  • Reply Benjamin Denverstone March 21, 2019 at 8:16 am

    I can’t wait for it to come to Nintendo Switch in April 2019! I’m going to buy it.

  • Reply LEGEPOTTYGAMER Console/PC Player March 22, 2019 at 2:27 am

    Cuphead for smash ultimate

  • Reply Squirrel king guy March 22, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Did you know it is coming to the switch

  • Reply Moski GOD March 22, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Now on the Switch

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  • Reply Nocturne 03 March 23, 2019 at 5:25 am

    I still can’t get over the fact they’re from Saskatchewan. Freaking blows my mind.

  • Reply CYRUS GRAHAM March 24, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Classic Felix the Cat 1920's and 30's animation.

  • Reply Future Potato March 24, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Just saying cuphead is the most underrated game of all time. I hope it goes down in history as one of the best games ever

  • Reply Swerc6 March 24, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    23k liker

  • Reply The Nintendo Guy March 25, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Did you know

    I’m getting Cuphead on my switch

  • Reply LuigiDudes OLD/BACKUP CHANNEL March 26, 2019 at 3:56 am

    Who’s here after Cuphead Switch Announcement?

  • Reply dead pool March 26, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    The animations of cup head make me laughf especially the dancing sunflower

  • Reply Tad Strange March 27, 2019 at 2:29 am

    What a fitting guest.

  • Reply Hamza Khairi March 27, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Dr. Kahl is also a reference because he's running away in a small fliying machine and is using a chaos emerald in the fight

  • Reply Cyntrovert March 29, 2019 at 2:23 am

    I think a lot of Cagney Carnation's projectiles are based on Mario's signature piranha plant, plus the platforms look like Pirhana Plants from Super Mario World.

  • Reply evan whitewood March 29, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Such a beautiful game

  • Reply GAME & RODO March 30, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Hey… Yo-kai Watch DYKG, when?

  • Reply Cthulhu March 30, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Did you know that it’s coming to the switch?

  • Reply MrThemanofdoom March 30, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    So much information! I love this! Thank you for making these videos so long!

  • Reply robert moran March 30, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Cup head will be in smash! Leaked

  • Reply Mr. Toasty March 31, 2019 at 8:12 am

    I knew those frogs were supposed to reference street fighter

  • Reply Ericka Fabian April 1, 2019 at 10:23 am

    And thus, in 2019, The Cuphead in Nintendo Switch has been arrived.

  • Reply Weeb Trash That Everyone Hates. April 1, 2019 at 10:29 am

    I Love The Quiet Cuphead!

  • Reply Preston Fontana April 1, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Seriously, not one word about how the devs are Canadian? Regina, Saskatchewan, come on, that's noteworthy. Right?

  • Reply Floyddog22 April 1, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Chaos quartz not diamonds

  • Reply El Mantishrimp April 1, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    So glad this is coming to the Switch

  • Reply 88intervention April 2, 2019 at 6:38 am

    Is that a typo? Because he said "….Athletic Theme from Super Mario World." In the video it's spelled, "Athetic."

  • Reply Barticgame /Oshawottsquad April 4, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Yay

  • Reply BlackRaptorMoses April 5, 2019 at 12:06 am

    6:18 "Baroness Von Bon Bon is a reference to women. All of them."

  • Reply hjames78 April 7, 2019 at 9:03 am

    I preordered mine for Switch😎

  • Reply Kevin Yusuf April 11, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Watching Cuphead gave me the chills in a fantastic way. Switch ✌

  • Reply jblue88 hood gamer April 11, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    Since it now on the switch the can use that mario out fit.

  • Reply Jake SupaStar the Shogunyan and jevil April 18, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Did you say yo kai???

  • Reply Jack Dunlavey April 18, 2019 at 10:54 am

    4:39 Dude, that’s awesome.

  • Reply Henry Redaknight April 19, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Trains don’t have pistons they’re lollipop ghouls

  • Reply CorporalPig22 April 19, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Wait, I'm pretty sure Evil Mickey Attacks Japan was made in 1936.

  • Reply Super Gt Z April 20, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    1:14 mario and luigi third brother and sonic fourth brother and tmnt fifth brother

  • Reply ScrubDaddy5 April 21, 2019 at 12:55 am

    God this guy sounds more annoying then my dad when he comes home and beats my mother brutally while screaming about how I’m a disappointment

  • Reply Andrew Eiler April 23, 2019 at 12:05 am

    I enjoyed the section on music quite a bit! I actually noticed the similarities to the Super Mario World theme myself, so I'm glad to have found some commentary on that.

  • Reply LoogieSez Cardosa Jr. April 23, 2019 at 10:48 am

    5:41 It’s also a sidekick in Kirby Dream Land 3

  • Reply Papír April 23, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Did You Know? Cuphead is 16:9

  • Reply unheard tunes! April 28, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    I genuinely don't think I will ever see a game that beats Cuphead on my favourite game list.
    Every good game has something that makes it unique. This game chooses a really cool theme and then references and implements that theme so perfectly.

    No game will ever be better than this.

  • Reply David Miller May 2, 2019 at 5:56 am

    This round will get red hot!

  • Reply Robloxisbetterthanminecraft4real May 2, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    hey you didnt metion that the boss is also a refarence to sonic

  • Reply Stu D May 12, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    It'd be awesome if the phantom train stage played GHOST TRAIN by Gorillaz as OST

  • Reply Sapphrex May 13, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    I'm the millionth view

  • Reply JP Truth May 15, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Fuckin hate this game. Love the art, but i hate games that are punishing make you cry hard, just for the sake of. Never finished it and never will. Takes the fun out of it.

  • Reply Monado Legazy May 20, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Hey all, started a Cuphead LP is anyone is interested in giving it a shot

    https://youtu.be/R8sCTivIBqQ

  • Reply orig4mi May 25, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Everyone: man, this game is completely handdrawn, took millions of years, nobody has ever done this before

    Me: points at Wario Land Shake It

  • Reply Irish Potato June 6, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    We damand cuphead on ps4

  • Reply Danosauruscreck June 12, 2019 at 2:12 am

    I got to get this game

  • Reply A Pointless Review July 5, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    Am I the only one thinking that TheCartoonGamer is secretly Jake Eyes?

  • Reply Kris Lowry July 9, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    …..And now there’s going to be a show about this game on Netflix…

  • Reply Google User nr. 1billion July 12, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    2:36 fkn Ghostmane lol

  • Reply TheGoldenMiku July 19, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Cup head is a masterpiece and deserves to be played and loved by many generations to come.

  • Reply Sgt. Pepper July 20, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    okay i never want to hear the narrator ever again

  • Reply Farts Poo July 24, 2019 at 4:53 am

    A lot of effort for information you can get from a much better channel and direct from the source.

  • Reply manuel gonzalez July 25, 2019 at 6:51 am

    its a hell of a game honestly

  • Reply Nimue August 10, 2019 at 12:32 am

    I love this game its so fun and damn beautiful

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