- Night of the Sentinels - Part I
- Night of the Sentinels - Part II
- Enter Magneto
- Deadly Reunions
- Captive Hearts
- Cold Vengeance
- Slave Island
- The Unstoppable Juggernaut
- The Cure
- Come The Apocalypse
- Days of Future Past - Part I
- Days of Future Past - Part II
- The Final Decision
- Till Death Do Us Part - Part I
- Till Death Do Us Part - Part II
- Whatever It Takes
- Red Dawn
- Repo Man
- X-Ternally Yours
- Time Fugitives - Part I
- Time Fugitives - Part II
- A Rogue's Tale
- Beauty & the Beast
- Reunion - Part I
- Reunion - Part II
- Out of the Past - Part I
- Out of the Past - Part II
- Phoenix Saga - Part I: Sacrifice
- Phoenix Saga - Part II: The Dark Shroud
- Phoenix Saga - Part III: Cry of the Banshee
- Phoenix Saga - Part IV: The Starjammers
- Phoenix Saga - Part V: Child of Light
- Savage Land, Savage Heart - Part One
- Savage Land, Savage Heart - Part Two
- The Dark Phoenix Saga - Part I: Dazzled
- The Dark Phoenix Saga - Part II: The Inner Circle
- The Dark Phoenix Saga - Part III: The Dark Phoenix
- The Dark Phoenix Saga - Part IV: The Fate of The Phoenix
- Cold Comfort
- Orphan's End
- The Juggernaut Returns
- Weapon X, Lies, And Videotape
- One Man's Worth - Part I
- One Man's Worth - Part II
- Proteus - Part I
- Proteus - Part II
- Sanctuary - Part I
- Sanctuary - Part II
- Beyond Good and Evil - Part I: The End of Time
- Beyond Good and Evil - Part II: Promise of Apocalypse
- Beyond Good and Evil - Part III: The Lazarus Chamber
- Beyond Good and Evil - Part IV: End and Beginning
- Have Yourself a Morlock Little X-Mas
- The Lotus and the Steel
- Love in Vain
- Secrets, Not Long Buried
- Xavier Remembers
- Family Ties
- The Phalanx Covenant - Part I
- The Phalanx Covenant - Part II
- A Deal with the Devil
- No Mutant Is an Island
- Storm Front - Part I
- Storm Front - Part II
- The Fifth Horseman
- Jubilee's Fairytale Theater
- Old Soldiers
- Hidden Agendas
- Graduation Day
X-Men, an animated series, debuted on October 31, 1992 (the 1993–1994 season) on the Fox Network as part of Fox’s “Fox Kids” Saturday morning lineup, which featured cartoons such as X-Men, Bobby’s World, and Life with Louie, and live-action programming such as Power Rangers, directed at young children.
The popularity and success of X-Men, along with Batman: The Animated Series (which also debuted in the 1993-94 season), helped launch a number of 1990s-2000s animated series based on comic book series.
X-Men was one of the longest-lasting series on Fox Kids, and next to Batman: The Animated Series, its most acclaimed and successful to date. Despite its final new episode airing in late 1998 after 5 complete seasons, Fox did not remove the show from the line-up until 1998. The show is also one of the highest-rated and most-viewed Saturday morning programs in American history. During its peak years (1995 and 1996), the show was often shown weekday afternoons, in addition to Saturday mornings.
X-Men stands as the longest running Marvel Comics based show, running for five seasons and 76 episodes. The next longest-running, Spider-Man: The Animated Series, lasted for five seasons and 65 episodes.
After the box office success of the X-Men movie in the summer of 2000, Fox began airing reruns of the cartoon on weekday afternoons. This ended in early 2001. Soon after, ABC Family and Toon Disney, due to Disney's buyout of all Saban Entertainment programs, began airing reruns.
The show features a team line-up similar to that of the early 1990s X-Men comic books, including Cyclops, Wolverine, Rogue, Storm, Beast, Gambit, Jubilee, Jean Grey, and Professor X. In fact, the line up largely resembles that of Cyclops' Blue Team, established in the early issues of X-Men vol.2.
Though they were not part of the X-Men team in the animated series, the following early ’90s X-Men characters all guest starred in at least one episode of the cartoon: Colossus, Nightcrawler, Forge, Banshee, Iceman, Archangel, Psylocke, and Bishop.
Initially only a few episodes were released on DVD, under the titles:
- The Phoenix Saga
- Sanctuary/Weapon X, Lies and Videotape/Proteus
- Reunion/Out of the Past/No Mutant Is an Island
- Legend of Wolverine
Starting in 2009, X-Men: The Animated Series was released on DVD as The X-Men: Marvel Comic Book Collection. There are 5 volumes, including every episode of the series.
Fox canceled the series in large part because the network did not like that Marvel Studios controlled their most popular animated series. Thus, they pulled the plug on both X-Men and Spider-Man animated series despite the fact that both received good ratings. Many fans predicted the series' cancellation because of the noticeable drop in the quality of the animation and story during the second half of the final season. Fox soon realized just how popular the X-Men animation series was when ratings dropped 31% after the network stopped showing it in heavy rotation.
Xavier Security Enforcers/The Resistance (Earth-31393)
The Mutant Resistance (in the Xavier-less timeline)
S.H.I.E.L.D. (cameo appearance only)
Friends of Humanity
Children of the Shadow
The Phalanx Empire
Avengers (in the Xavier-less timeline)
High Lords (cameo appearance only)
In other media
The characters in the series were licensed by Capcom and were the inspiration for the video game X-Men: Children Of The Atom, which in turn would be the basis for the Marvel vs. Capcom series of video games. Most of the voice actors who did the voices in the series reprised their roles for the video game. Capcom would continue to use these characters long after the show was cancelled before eventually losing the rights to create Marvel based games to Electronic Arts in 2001.
The original opening animation introduces the main mutants using their mutant abilities to an instrumental theme. This intro is used for the first four seasons. Season 5's version features a remixed theme tune, and adds scenes taken from episodes, removing the character introductions.
In Japan, the opening intro was replaced with made over Japanese animation of the characters as well as a new vocal Japanese theme called "Rising" (ライジング, from the Japanese band Ambience (アンビエンス). An alternate anime intro was used for future episodes.
- "Rising／ライジング"(1st Japanese theme)
- "Dakishimetai Dare Yori Mo／抱きしめたい誰よりも…" (2nd Japanese theme)
The staff credits list shown at the end of the program was also changed. It featured shots of X-Men comic books. The song for this section of the program was "Back to You" (バック･トウ･ユー), from the same band.
|Cedric Smith||Professor Charles Xavier|
|Cathal J. Dodd||Wolverine/Logan|
|Norm Spencer||Cyclops/Scott Summers|
|Iona Morris||Storm/Ororo Munroe (I) (1992)|
|Alison Sealy-Smith||Storm/Ororo Munroe (II) (1992–1997)|
|Chris Potter||Gambit/Remy LeBeau (I) (1992–1996)|
|Tony Daniels||Gambit/Remy LeBeau (II) (1997)|
|George Buza||Beast/Dr. Henry “Hank” McCoy|
|Catherine Disher||Jean Grey/Phoenix|
|Alyson Court||Jubilee/Jubilation Lee|
- This version of the X-Men team was the one featured in the animated version of Spider-Man, even with the same voice actors for Jubilee, Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm, Rogue, Beast and Gambit. The cast of the show was flown from Canada to LA for the episode.
- Immortus makes a cameo appearance in season four as the crazed janitor in the “axis of time.”
- There are numerous continuity errors throughout the series, such as the involvement of Angel (Warren Worthington) in the original X-Men team. When he and Professor X first meet onscreen, he is unknown to them, but in flashbacks he is seen as one of the founding members.
- When Havok makes a cameo appearance, it is hinted that he is indeed Cyclops' brother, as their powers do not work on each other. It is also hinted that Cable is the son of Jean and Scott.
- The series was also one of the more diverse shows aired on network television with male and female characters of various ages, ethnic and national backgrounds.
- Starting in "Jubilee’s Fairytale Theater" the series features animation of a remarkably lower quality, although the introductory sequences' better animation remains.
- X-Men: The Manga, a manga version of X-Men, borrowed stories from the first and second seasons of the X-Men animated series.
- The First Season episode "The Cure" concerns reversion of genetic mutation, making mutants "normal" human beings. This was long before Joss Whedon used the same idea in Astonishing X-Men Vol 3. A cure for mutants was later the central plot idea of X-Men: The Last Stand.
- A number of famous storylines and events from the comics are loosely adapted in the series, such as the Dark Phoenix Saga, Days of Future Past, the Phalanx Covenant, and the Legacy Virus. The third episode, "Enter Magneto", contains a sequence that takes place at a missile base that is largely based on X-Men #1 and their first battle with Magneto at a missile base. The season 4 episodes, "Sanctuary" Part I and II, which involve Magneto creating an orbital haven for mutants, are influenced by several storylines, including Fatal Attractions and the first three issues of X-Men vol. 2. A number of storylines, such as "Beyond Good And Evil", and "One Man's Worth", are loosely influenced by the Age of Apocalypse.
- Plans were made to have Stan Lee narrate the opening credits of the show, portraying Professor X as he introduced the concept of mutants and the X-Men. The series' developer Eric was eventually able to get the idea to be dropped, despite Lee's push for it.
- Jim Lee served as the biggest visual inspiration for the show due to his influence in X-Men comics in the '90s. However, early into the show's development, Marvel expressed displeasure with the overuse of his designs due to the artist's then-recent departure from Marvel to found Image Comics. In order to fight against this decision, animator Will Meugniot submitted to Marvel a series of purposefully overly-silly Hanna Barbera-inspired designs. Marvel seemed to realize quickly they couldn't avoid Jim Lee's influence.
Links and References
- X-Men: Evolution
- DRG4's X-Men the Animated Series Page
- X-Men at the Internet Movie Database
- Marvel Animation Page Presents: X-Men
- All of the episodes are viewable at marvel.com
- ↑ Cronin, Brian (24 November 2017). Comic Legends: Did Stan Lee Almost Narrate the X-Men Animated Series?. CBR.com. Retrieved on 27 November 2017.
- ↑ Kendall, G. (16 June 2018). X-Men: The Animated Series and Its Surprising Jim Lee Controversy. CBR.com. Retrieved on 20 June 2018.