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Swing, You Sinners! on the left and Cuphead on the right
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Shout Outs and other references to the classic animated Bimbo short Swing, You Sinners!.

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  • Cuphead: The game's main inspiration is the Fleischer Studios short Swing, You Sinners!. While this mostly comes across visually, there are also a few direct references such as the achievement for beating the final boss being named "Swing You Sinner". Very early concept art even included a study of Cuphead pleading for his life in the same way that Bimbo does when threatened with a straight-razor. Three separate boss fights take their visual cues from parts of Swing, You Sinners!:
    • Cagney Carnation moves in exactly the same way as a particular ghost from that short (particularly his splayed, upward-facing palms)note  and the song's melody is similar to his fight music.
    • Baroness Von Bon Bon chases the heroes in her crawling gingerbread house in a scene inspired by the ghost barn that marches after Bimbo in the original short.
    • The ghosts that pop out of the train resemble the final forms of the ghosts that pop out of the ghost barn to terrorize Bimbo.

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