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I remember in 1993, X-Men the Animated Series is my obsession and I'm
not the only one. For a lot of people in my country, 1993 - 1994 is the
X-Men craze era. The said cartoon series was one of the highest-rated
TV shows at the time. I was especially obsessed with Rogue. She's
beautiful and sexy. She of superior strength and when she fights, she
rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yet she can't be touched. She's an irresistible
temptation to men, especially to Gambit who longs to touch her so much,
when she can't be touched.
I was a sappy romantic at heart too so I'm always looking forward to moments between her and Gambit!!! And the people at my school were no different. Different people - different X-Men character favorites and obsessions, collection of X-Men comics and lots of talk about it during breaks, you name it. Even people over 25 watch it. It is little wonder, however, why there was all this fuss about X-Men. The characters' looks and personalities are charismatic and appealing to viewers. They are drawn as sexy and beautiful women and the men as beautiful and sexy as their female counterparts. Each has their own individual history and personalities which viewers simply find lovable and appealing. The plots and stories are exciting and interesting and there's no denying that the MUSIC at the beginning of every episode is REALLY CATCHY!!!!!!!!!!!!! The animated series was simply VERY WELL DONE!!! The fact that this animated series is one of the highest-rated and most-viewed Saturday morning programs in American history to date, that it is very popular in other countries aside from the U.S., and that it boosts sales of X-Men comics--as people who who didn't read x-men comics before this one started reading them as soon as they got obsessed with it--- are proofs that this is definitely one of the best cartoon series in 90s. In my opinion it is the BEST CARTOON SERIES, not just during the 90s but UNTIL NOW!!!!!!
X-Men shows a different idea of heroes. This is unlike Batman and Superman who are loved by ordinary people because they are heroes. X-Men, on the other hand, although fighting for peace and justice, defending their fellow mutants and ordinary men from harm in the process, are hated and feared by those they've sworn to protect. Humankind, that is. Still they continue to protect and defend mankind.
Marvel really did it right with this one and it could NOT be said that Batman and/or Superman animated series is/are superior than this one. X-Men The Animated Series(90s) is undeniably one of the most excellent, most watched and ultra-popular cartoon series up to this day!!!!!!!!
This was an exciting and great show. It featured good story lines, great character development, and good animation. This show is definitely better than the movie because it takes it's time to tell us a good story. Also it was quite faithful to the comics.
I remember back in 1992 when this show debuted, I thought it was one of
the best cartoons on the air, along with "Batman: The Animated Series".
The characters had great powers but no one was so incredibly powered
that they couldn't get knocked down and knocked around. Plus they were
always getting on each others nerves. As cool as Wolverine and Gambit
were, I always held great fondness for Cyclops and Beast, I guess
because I admired Cyclops for being so stalwart and steadfast and Beast
for being so damn smart, laid back and intelligent. Gambit's love/hate
relationship with Rogue, the hottest virgin super-heroine in comic
books, was always good for a laugh and only occasionally got dramatic
but never so much that it got sappy. Professor Xavier, Storm, Jean, and
Jubilee rounded out the cast of heroes with their own powers and
self-doubts and dreams. Well, actually the only character who probably
didn't benefit from the series was Jean Grey, who for some strange
reason was always fainting in action scenes. I'm guessing the writers
simply didn't have a good grasp of her character or a strong idea of
how to make her powers look cool and dynamic compared to the weather
controlling Storm, high flying super tanker Rogue or even fire work
One of my few regrets/complaints about this show was that the X-Men's big villain, Magneto, was only a villain or rather a well meaning if twisted and tainted anti-hero for only the first two episodes in which he appeared, and so the role of #1 agitator to the X-Men went to Mr. Sinister during the 2nd season along with the usual stock villains of racist Americans. The first 3 seasons were probably the best, after that it kind of started to wane. Also I regret that Colossus and Night-Crawler were not regular members of the cast, as Night-Crawler was a very soulful character and Colossus, well, he's just so damn cool.
But these complaints are very minor in light of what was otherwise one of the best comic book to cartoon adaptations ever to air. Certainly superior to the now defunct Wolverine & the X-Men, though X-Men Evolution featured a stronger version of Jean Grey.
The X-Men later made some guest appearances on "Spider-Man", which had a lot of promise and brighter animation but ultimately squandered its potential. Captain America later guest starred in both X-Men and Spider-Man.
The X-Men Animated Series was great, hands down. Sure, it wasn't the
-- and yes, the X-Men lineup stayed the same through all six seasons...
it handelled very well. In some ways I wish the comic could have been
concise like the Animated Series was. Some guest characters (Dazzler, my
favourite X-Man, for one) weren't portrayed very well, especially in the
explenation of their mutant powers, but it was very cool to see it all
The X-Men had it's share of continuity problems, however. In season 1, for example, everything was loosely played off of the comics. For instance, the X-Men did NOT know Warren Worthington III (Angel/Archangel). Later on through the series, however, Angel is shown as an original X-Man. Iceman was also later guest-starred as an original X-Man, and Polaris was shown as a former X-Man as well. Other than that, though, the team is set as Wolverine, Rogue, Gambit, Cyclops, Storm, Jean Grey, Jubilee, Beast and Professor X. Some great storylines were the Phoenix Saga, Dark Phoenix Saga and the Phalenx Covenant.
Just about any X-Man you can think of was cameoed as well. Except for Shadowcat that is. Nightcrawler, Dazzler, Colossus, Havok, Wolfsbane, Cannonball, Longshot, and Rictor all stand fresh in my mind. It was truly a great series -- and it was very sad to see it cancelled, as it brought something more substantial to television -- a dream, a goal. Not talking sponges like you see on Nickelodeon. This was and will continue to be one of the greatest cartoons that graced Saturday-morning television.
I was in my early teens when I first saw this cartoon version of
'X-Men' on television and it was what ignited my long-standing interest
in the Marvel universe. If there was ever a lesson to be learnt about
what it is to produce a faithful, involving adaptation (be it from a
comic or a book) this show was the perfect example as it managed to
successfully transfer the characters and plots from page to screen
without dumbing down or altering things for the sake of making them
The cartoon focused mainly on 'X-Men' favourites including Cyclops, Jean, Wolverine, Gambit, Rogue, Storm, Beast, Jubilee and, of course, Xavier. But there were also episodes involving characters in supporting roles such as Archangel, Bishop, Nightcrawler and Cable. In terms of villains, all the usual suspects of like Magneto, Sinister, Mystique and Apocalypse turn up at some point. Unlike the recent films, aimed at pleasing teenagers and casual cinema-goers, this series was more intent on depicting the characters properly so there is the same interactions as seen in the comics including the Scott/Jean/Wolverine triangle, the love/hate relationship between Gambit and Rogue and the sibling bond that Storm and Gambit share. It also wonderfully portrays Wolverine's darkly sarcastic side, which brings humour to the show.
While the films (and the childish 'X-Men: Evolutions') show the X-Men having rather calm, settled lives on the whole, this series gave a darker view of the universe, showing the team striving to do good in a world where much of humanity loathed mutants and saw them as the threat. It also tackled story arcs, like Onslaught, Dark Phoenix, Days of Future's End and Angel's transformation into Archangel, that appeared in the comic-verse in a way that retained the essence of the stories.
This was certainly one of the best cartoons to come out of the Nineties and still holds appeal to me even now that I'm an adult. In fact, I think a few of the time-travelling episodes would probably be a bit too complex for the usual eight- to twelve-year-old demography who watch Fox Kids. I'd highly recommend this to fans of the comics and those who enjoyed the films but felt they were too flat and want to see something that preserves the spirit of the comics.
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.
The X-Men animated series was a terrific try at bringing the ultra-popular comic book featuring mutant outcasts to the small screen. While the animation was amateurish and choppy at best, the voice over work was a particularly wonderful highlight. The stories were re-hashes of the plots from the comics' 30+ years in publication, and a few standouts included the Phoenix Saga, and its follow-up featuring the reconciliation between Scott Summers, alias Cyclops, and his father, the interstellar pirate/freedom fighter, Corsair.
In my very own opinion, the X-Men cartoon series was arguably the
closest remake of the X-men that fans could get and much more faithful
to the comic books themselves than what the live action movies will
ever be. The costumes were identical as the comics, the superheroes
were as realistic as they were and the story lines were much more
varied, exciting and believable. Wolverine, Storm, Gambit, Rogue,
Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Professor Xavier and Jubilee were as they
were. The artwork was also excellent, but just what you'd expected from
Whilst the films were in all a shambles in terms of the design and look of the characters, the cartoon series and Marvel have thankfully retained the originality, appeal and quality of the comics, and the appearances of which made the X-men one of the most successful comic book hero franchises in history. Another difference between the cartoon series and the films was the fact the creators of the show put a lot of emphasis on character development and the emotional plight of the mutants's own expectations of wanting to belong to the world and to feel accepted, which this has been addressed much better in the series than the film trilogy ever did. Therefore, the human interest aspect- no make that mutant interest aspect and the triumph over adversity tales of each and everyone of the X-Men members had more of a feel and resonance to it, of which we could empathise the characters with, and of which the films themselves fail to do because it just didn't translate well on the big screen.
Unlike the movies, the animated show had a raw ness and bite to each and every one of those characters that was totally devoid in the live action versions and it never managed to pussyfoot around the issues, as well as the story lines, of which again were far more realistic and believable.
This is what the movies themselves ought to have been like, but rather than leave things as they were, the directors Brett Ratner and Brian Singer decided to change a couple things round, without realising how much this would put die-hard and ardent X-men fans off. Why tamper with a classic formula? Besides, the film's disappointment shouldn't take away from the fact that the cartoon series is the best on- screen version of the X-Men.
Forget the films, either stick with the comics or go for this, the animated version instead.
It's been a while since I last watched "X-Men," the animated series
from the early 1990s, but I do remember that this is/was one of the
greatest comic book superhero shows I ever watched during my childhood.
I was a reader of the Stan Lee-/Jack Kirby-co-created X-Men comics for
Marvel Comics as a child - along with Spider-Man, who remains my
favorite superhero, and the two Marvel Comics titles formed the
cornerstone of my fascination with comic book superheroes. The "X-Men"
titles struck a personal chord with me as I got older because of how
its world re-defined people's hatreds and prejudices against each other
to accommodate people with mutant powers being discriminated against by
the powers-that-be. Being a black American, I instantly related to the
plight of the X-Men and any other mutant character who was the target
of those who ultimately wished the destruction of anyone with mutant
powers. That was ultimately the greatest element about the comics, and
this incredible animated series. It's the reason why I grew to deeply
appreciate Marvel Comics more than any other comic book publisher in
the industry. "X-Men," "Spider-Man: The Animated Series," and "Batman:
The Animated Series" were all the reasons why during the early '90s, I
loved comic book superhero cartoon shows.
X-Men is another one of my favorite cartoons that used to come on some
of the old Saturday Morning Fox Kids lineups. I really liked the way
Wolverine was in the series, one of those tuff and rough characters who
does things there way. That sort of reminds me the way Knuckles the
Echidna was in the beginning episodes of Sonic X. The other X-Men were
really cool also! I had this huge crush on Rogue because I thought she
was sexy with her looks and sexy southern accent. I also remember that
on the 1994 Spider-Man cartoon that the X-Men made some guest
appearances on some episodes of Spider-Man. The series is most same way
as the comic book about a group of mutant superheroes who live at a
school for mutants hosted by Professor Charles Xavier who formed a
group of superhero mutants to fight against Magneto and the other evil
brotherhood of mutants. This was another one of my favorite Marvel
comic book superheroes! I have always liked Marvel comics a little
better than DC comics because Marvel has more superheroes than DC. I
also remember that this show came back on Fox Kids in Summer 2000 when
20th Century Fox released the live-action X-Men movie in theaters. Then
I caught some more reruns for when they showed it for a while on ABC
User Rating: 8/10
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