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In the Marvel Comics universe, mutants, people with genetically endowed superpowers, are a persecuted by a hateful and fearful populous. One shelter from this is Professor Xavier's Academy for Gifted Children. But the school has a secret function as a training centre for mutants to control their abilities so they can function in regular society. It also serves as a secret headquarters of a superhero team, called the X-Men formed both to be a positive example of mutants and as an opposing force against those mutants who seek to force the world to kneel to their perceived superiority. This series recounts their adventures as they struggle to make the world accept them, while battling villains like Magneto, Apocalypse and the genocidal robots known as the Sentinels.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Although its premiere in Oct. 1992 garnered top ratings, X-Men only aired two episodes before disappearing for a short time. The third episode made a surprising unadvertised appearance on a Friday, but the show was up against a stumbling block to get shows animated properly and on time. When Korean animators Akom turned in the first episode, it needed literally hundreds of "retakes" (in which scenes incorrectly animated are fixed). Akom refused to do all the retakes, and in the interest of time the show was aired as is. When Fox wasn't going to get the second episode in time for airing, the network threatened one of the producers that if he didn't personally hand deliver the film from Korea five days before airing, he wouldn't get paid for the entire series. He made the deadline though 50 scenes were missing and the editing had to be done in a one-day marathon, with no retakes and the second episode aired. Needless to say, Fox was not happy with the situation and yanked the series from its schedule, letting Akom know it was in a very precarious position with its contracts. The animators worked overtime, and Fox re-premiered the first two episodes in a one-hour special in Jan. 1993. The series went forward pretty much on schedule from that point forward. See more »
In "X-Ternally Yours" Bobby and Belle place their tithe boxes before the X-Ternal, but the boxes disappear in a wide shot. See more »
[Mystique has shape changed to Gambit's form]
Surprised to see me? I know I am.
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In the opening credits, a roll call of the X-Men occurs, with each member showing off their particular ability. See more »
The first season of X-Men, when aired on FoxKids, featured CGI character profile models during the end credits. Later airings replaced these credits with those similar to season 2. When the fourth year episodes began, short clips from past episodes were filtered into the credits for the original airings. When the final year's worth of episodes aired, the series recieved slightly altered intro animation and music. When reruns of the series moved over to UPN for a short while, all of the aired episode intros and credits were replaced with brand animation, featuring Cable among the regular X-Men. See more »
It was this animated series that got me into the world of the-Men and other Marvel comics, which are far superior, but that is not to say this cartoon wasn't good, for it was. What we have here is the four core X-Men - Cyclops, Wolverine, Jean Grey and Storm - along with popular characters from the comics - Rogue, Beast and Gambit - and Jubilee for the teens and Professor X as the basis for the series. Many mutants and other X-related characters make appearances through the series, some more often than others, and to varying degrees of likeness to their comic counterparts, (and Morph who was created specifically for the series). The X-Men are portrayed well to their comic-counterparts, with the exception of Jean Grey. Although it was this series that got me into X-Men, and made Jean my favourite character, in this series she was somewhat wasted, not used to her full potential. She was shown less-powerful than the others, when in the comics, she is one of the most powerful mutants in existence (even without the Phoenix Force). However Jean did get a few good stories, notably the ongoing Sinister stories, her and Wolverine's love subplot and the Phoenix and Dark Phoenix Sagas.
But I digress. The villains were cool and in keeping with their comic counterparts, it would have been nice to see ones like Apocalypse and the Brotherhood more often. In terms of supporting characters, Bishop, Cable, Moira MacTaggert, Banshee, Arachangel, Forge and Colossus showed up a few times, but we could have seen more of Iceman, Darkstar, Polaris, Alpha Flight, Sunfire and Nightcrawler.
A lot of the stories were taken directly from the comics and adapted for this series (like the Dark Phoenix Saga, Phalanx Covenant and Days of Future Past) others were taken from ongoing comic stories and changed into single or multiple episodes for this series, like the Savage Land and the Sentinels.
There was some ongoing narrative, but it is also possible to watch episodes out of order, they were generally self contained (with the exception of multiple part episodes). It's cool to actually hear the X-Men speak and the costumes look cool on TV too. A great watch, most of the time.
8 out of 10 for the whole animated series.
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