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X-Men: The Animated Series 

X-Men (original title)
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A team of mutant superheroes fight for justice and human acceptance in the Marvel Comics universe.
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Series cast summary:
Cathal J. Dodd Cathal J. Dodd ...  Wolverine / ... 73 episodes, 1992-1997
George Buza ...  Beast / ... 71 episodes, 1992-1997
Norm Spencer Norm Spencer ...  Cyclops / ... 68 episodes, 1992-1997
Cedric Smith ...  Professor Charles Xavier / ... 68 episodes, 1992-1997
Lenore Zann ...  Rogue 68 episodes, 1992-1997
Catherine Disher ...  Jean Grey / ... 65 episodes, 1992-1997
Chris Potter ...  Gambit / ... 62 episodes, 1992-1996
Alyson Court ...  Jubilee / ... 48 episodes, 1992-1997
Alison Sealy-Smith Alison Sealy-Smith ...  Storm / ... 47 episodes, 1993-1997
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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 <kchishol@execulink.com>

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English

Release Date:

31 October 1992 (USA) See more »

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X-Men: The Animated Series See more »

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Runtime:

(76 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

After the first season, Iona Morris left the series and Alison Sealy-Smith took over as the voice of Storm. See more »

Goofs

In the episode "Nightcrawler" Rogue goes from wearing her tattered costume to monk's robes and back between shots. See more »

Quotes

Professor X: Cruelty to creatures we do not understand seems limitless.
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the opening credits (Season 1-4), the X-Men first soar through space and through the series title. At the end, the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants collide with each other and form the series title. See more »

Alternate Versions

Mr. Sinister's original voiceover at the end of the initial airings of "Final Decision" was replaced when the character was cast for season 2. See more »


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X-Men Main Theme
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Composed by Ron Wasserman
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Excellent, more faithful to the comics than the mediocre films ever will be
26 August 2006 | by cosmic_questSee all my reviews

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 'cooler'.

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.


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