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Cuphead, Fleish & Cherry, and the influence and impact of classic animation

This article was written by Samantha Blackmon and Alisha Karabinus and originally published on Not Your Mama’s Gamer. For more of their writing, you can check out the site and support NYMG on Patreon.

It was brought to us by our friends at Critical Distance, who find the best in critical writing about games each week. You can see more at their site, and support them on Patreon.

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The recent NYMG piece on Sam’s reaction to the new Cuphead trailer has inspired a lot of reaction of its own about the game, the animation style that influenced it, and what it means to critique a trailer, and so for the purpose of further discussion and analysis, we have created a critical video analysis. In this video, we discuss the Cuphead trailer and some screenshots alongside the trailer for an in-development game called Fleish and Cherry in Crazy Hotel which draws influence from similar sources. We have also included some images from classic animated shorts. Examining footage from games like these, within both the context of what’s currently available and the overlap of the classic with the contemporary, is an important part of looking into the future of gaming. Where do we go when we resurrect the past, and where does that leave us?

Footage from Studio MDHR and Red Little House for these games; the interview with the MDHR team with Slashgear mentioned in the video can be found here.

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This article was written by Samantha Blackmon and Alisha Karabinus and originally published on Not Your Mama’s Gamer. For more of their writing, you can check out the site and support NYMG on Patreon.

It was brought to us by our friends at Critical Distance, who find the best in critical writing about games each week. You can see more at their site, and support them on Patreon.