X-Men: The Animated Series

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X-Men: The Animated Series
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"Previously, on X-Men..."
Genre: Action
Adventure
Superhero fiction
Running Time: 22 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: October 31st, 1992
Network(s): Fox Kids
Created by: Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
Distributed by: 20th Television
Saban International
Starring: Norm Spencer
Cathal J. Dodd
Lenore Zann
Iona Morris (1992–93)
Alison Sealy-Smith (1993–97)
George Buza
Chris Potter (1992–96)
Tony Daniels (1997)
Alyson Court
Catherine Disher
Cedric Smith
Seasons: 5
Episodes: 76


X-Men, also known as X-Men: The Animated Series, is an American animated television series which debuted on October 31, 1992 in the United States on the Fox Network, as part of its Fox Kids Saturday morning lineup. X-Men was Marvel Comics' second attempt at an animated X-Men TV series after the pilot, X-Men: Pryde of the X-Men, was not picked up.

Why It Rocks

  1. It was the first extremely successful Marvel cartoon, and it paved the way for many more well-received shows to come.
  2. Awesome theme songs in both the original US version and the Japanese dub.
  3. Likable heroes such as Wolverine, Professor X, Cyclops, Storm, Rogue and Gambit.
  4. Awesome villains such as Magneto, Mystique, Mister Sinister, Sabretooth, Omega Red and Apocalypse.
  5. Extremely faithful to the source material, adapting several storylines from the comics such as "Days of Future Past", "Weapon X", "The Legacy Virus" and "The Dark Phoenix Saga".
  6. Had a crossover with Spider-Man: The Animated Series.
  7. Deadpool makes a cameo appearance in one episode.
  8. Cool action scenes.
  9. The first Marvel cartoon to have darker and more complex storylines, as previous Marvel shows were much more comedic.
  10. Great voice acting.
  11. The character designs are lifted straight from the comics.

Bad Qualities

  1. Villains like the Juggernaut and the Brotherhood of Mutants are underused, while Magneto is very overused.
  2. Wolverine never uses his claws, except on robots. This is due to Fox heavily censoring the show, similar to Spider-Man: The Animated Series.

Trivia

  • X-Men: The Animated Series was especially popular in Italy.