Cuphead is an absolute beauty in the visual department, with its hand-drawn animation based on 1930s cartoons crammed full of the unique style of that era. With this in mind, it makes complete sense that a museum exhibit based on Studio MDHR’s run-and-gun classic would also stand out due to its incredible visual flair.

The publisher recently shared a look at the Cuphead exhibit at the Melbourne-based ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image). Over 100 3D-printed models are used in this spinning zoetrope to bring character figures to life, making it appear as though they’re smoothly “animated” as they are in the game. According to ACMI, this piece will be on display in ACMI: Gallery 1 until February 16th, 2031.

 

 

For those unfamiliar with the zoetrope device, it’s similar in concept to a flipbook, which displays a series of frames at high speed in order to trick your brain into seeing movement. Swap pages for 3D sculptures, a spinning platter, and strobe lights, and the modern version of the zoetrope creates a similar effect.

Cuphead is available now for Nintendo Switch and other platforms, and recently the game was featured in a crossover with the popular multiplayer title Fall Guys in the form of downloadable costumes.

 

 

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Written by Reece Heather

A lifelong Nintendo fan and a longtime editor at Zelda Universe, Reece will forever be grateful that he somehow dodged the Naughty List of Christmas 1998, when Santa delivered the life-changing gift of a Nintendo 64 with Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and Mario Kart 64. When he's not playing games, Reece is usually reading Punisher comics, delving helplessly into the weirdest depths of anime and manga, or spending time with his cocker spaniel Gracie -- the goodest girl ever!

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