- X-Men (TV series)
:"For the newer X-Men animated series see . For other uses see the
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show_name = X-Men
format = Animated Series
runtime = 22min
creator = Larry Houston
voices = Cedric Smith
Cathal J. Dodd Norm Spencer Iona Morris
country = USA
October 31, 1992
September 20, 1997
num_episodes = 76
list_episodes = List of X-Men 1992 TV Series Episodes
website = http://members.aol.com/drg4/x.html
imdb_id = 0103584
tv_com_id = 3557
"X-Men" is an
animated television serieswhich debuted on October 31, 1992in the United States on the Fox Network as part of its Fox KidsSaturday morning lineup (see 1992 in television).
Marvel Comics’ second attempt at an animated X-Menprogram, after the poorly received half-hour pilot “ Pryde of the X-Men” was broadcast multiple times between 1989and 1992. It is considered to be one of the most faithful animated series based on a comic book. The popularity and success of "X-Men" (along with "", which also debuted in the Fox Kids 1992–93 season) helped launch a number of comic-based animated series in the 1990s.
"X-Men" was originally going to premiere over the Labor Day weekend in September; however, due to production delays, it was pushed to the end of October. The “Night of the Sentinels” two-part episode originally aired as a “sneak preview” even though it truly wasn’t ready for broadcast. So, there were many animation errors in these two episodes. The errors were later corrected when Fox re-aired the pilot in early 1993. [cite web|url=http://drg4.wariocompany.com/xpilot.html|title=DRG4’s Exclusive X-Men Cartoon Pilot Differences|publisher=drp4.wariocompany.com|accessdate=2008-01-17]
"X-Men" was one of the longest-lasting series on Fox Kids, second only to "", its most acclaimed and successful to date. Fact|date=October 2007 Despite its final new episode airing in late 1997 after five complete seasons, Fox did not remove the show from their line-up until
1998. The show is also one of the highest-rated and most-viewed Saturday morning programs in American history. Fact|date=October 2007 During its peak years (1995 and 1996), the show was often shown weekday afternoons, in addition to Saturday mornings.
"X-Men" also stands as the longest-running
Marvel Comics-based show, running for five seasons and 76 episodes. The second longest, "", lasted for five seasons and 65 episodes. Although produced by different animation studios, both series were set in the same animated universe, and the "X-Men" even made guest appearances on Spider-Man’s show. (The second "X-Men" animated series, " X-Men Evolution", does not share this continuity.)
After the box office success of the live-action "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 Familyand Toon Disney, due to Disney’s buyout of all Saban Entertainment programs, began airing reruns.
The show features an X-Men similar in look and line-up to the early 1990s "X-Men" drawn by
Jim Lee, composed of Cyclops, Wolverine, Rogue, Storm, Beast, Gambit, Jubilee, Jean Grey, Professor X, and as well as an original character, Morph. [cite web| last = Mangels| first = Andy| authorlink = | coauthors = | title = FOX Snares X-Men| work = | publisher = [http://drg4.wariocompany.com drg4.wariocompany.com] | date = | url = http://drg4.wariocompany.com/xscenes2.html| format = | doi = | accessdate = 2008-01-17] Though they were not part of the team as featured in the animated series, the following X-Men have all guest-starred in at least one episode: Colossus, Nightcrawler, Emma Frost, Forge, Havok, Polaris, Cannonball, Banshee, Iceman, Archangel, Longshot, Dazzler, Sunfire, Psylocke, Cable, and Bishop. Keen-eyed fans may also spot cameos by other familiar mutants, such as Feral or Rictor. One prominent X-Men, Shadowcat, did not appear in the whole series in any way.
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,” features a confrontation at a missile base: this is largely based on the X-Men’s first battle with Magneto, as told in their 1963 debut "X-Men #1". The season four episodes “Sanctuary, Parts I & II,” which involve Magneto creating an orbiting haven for mutants, were influenced by several storylines from the comics, chiefly the first three issues of "X-Men" (Volume 2) and the " Fatal Attractions" crossover.
Beyond faithfully recreating many of the popular characters and stories from the comic books, the series also dealt fairly openly with mature social issues. The ills of
prejudice, intolerance, isolation, and racismwere all frequent themes in the animated series, as they were in the comics. The series also deals with other social issues, albeit sometimes in subtext, that are not often handled by children’s programming: divorce(“Proteus”), Christianity(“Nightcrawler” & “Bloodlines”), the Holocaust(“Enter Magneto,” “ Deadly Reunions,” “Days of Future Past,” and “The Phalanx Covenant”), AIDShysteria (“ Time Fugitives”), and even satires of television itself (“ Mojovision” and “Longshot”). The Friends of Humanity, a prominent anti-mutant group that appears in the second season, bears great resemblance to the Ku Klux KlanFact|date=February 2008 and other white-supremacy groups. Adult sexual themes are also explored: in “Till Death Do Us Part,” Morph shapeshifts into Rogue to attract Gambit, and in “Whatever It Takes,” he morphs into Jean Grey, to manipulate Wolverine’s emotions. Likewise, Mystiquewould often shapeshift into, and flirt with, men and women. Gay mutant Northstarwould make two appearances into the animated series, when he had recently come out in the comics.
VHS & DVD releases
Select episodes, predominantly from the first season, were released on VHS during the show’s original run. Within
Australia, the first two episodes "Night of the Sentinels Part 1 & 2" was included in an X-Men branded Showbagin the Royal Show of each state.
At the height of the series’ popularity,
Pizza Hutsold two VHS tapes that featured "Night Of The Sentinels (Parts 1 & 2)" and "Enter Magneto"/"Deadly Reunions." Also contained was round-table discussion between prominent names such as X-Men creator Stan Leeand writers Scott Lobdell, Fabian Nicieza, and Bob Harras.
So far, very few episodes have been released on DVD. According to
TVShowsOnDVD.com, "X-Men" is the ninth most requested unreleased television show and the second most requested animated television show behind MTV's Daria. [cite web |url=http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/showinfo.cfm?showID=5077 |title=X-Men (1992) |accessdate=2008-05-24 |format=html |work=TVShowsOnDVD.com] Regardless, there are no plans for an official release of season box sets.
As of 2008, the series is planned for release on Region 2 DVD in the UK in 2008 by Liberation Entertainment as part of a release schedule of Marvel Animated series. The first season is scheduled for release on August 25, 2008 in two volumes. Season two will also be released in two volumes scheduled for release on October 27, and November 14. [ [http://dvdsuperheroes.co.uk/schedule_en.php Classic Marvel Super Heroes. On DVD NOW!] ]
The original opening sequence featured the X-Men demonstrating their mutant abilities to a now very distinctive instrumental theme. This intro is used throughout the first four seasons. A modified version is eventually introduced in season five, episode five (“Longshot”). In this new intro, the beginning of the theme is slightly changed. New fighting scenes are also added.
In the first season only, the credit sequence consisted of computer-animated rotating 3D models of the different team-members created by graphic design artist, Dave McCarty, set to a different, electric-guitar-based heavy-metal theme. In subsequent seasons, the computer-animated sequence and guitar-based closing theme were dropped and replaced with clips from the regular animation over the regular instrumental theme. When
UPNbegan airing repeats on Sunday mornings an alternate credits sequence was used: a high-quality Japanese-animated version of the original opening.
Rede Globocut all of the intro sequence except for the logo at its end—which they do to almost all animated series they air. The American intro was retained when it was aired later on Fox Kidsand Jetix.
*JapanThe opening intro was replaced with a new, Japanese-animated segment of the characters as well as a new Japanese theme with vocals called “Rising (Unicode|ライジング),” by the Japanese band Ambience (Unicode|アンビエンス). Starting with episode 46 an alternate anime intro was used, featuring the new theme “Dakishimetai Dare Yori Mo (Unicode|抱きしめたい誰よりも…).” The end credits sequence was also changed: it featured shots of X-Men comic books set to the song “Back to You (Unicode|バック･トウ･ユー),” also by Ambience.
Several very well-known
seiyū(Japanese voice actors) played roles in the TV Tokyo edition of the Japanese dub, such as Kōichi Yamadera(Cyclops), Shinobu Adachi(Jean Grey), Rihoko Yoshida(Storm), Akiko Hiramatsu(Jubilee), Masashi Ebara(Wolverine), Norio Wakamoto(Mr. Sinister), Yūko Kobayashi(Rogue), Yoshito Yasuhara(Gambit), Ayako Shirashi (Dazzler), Ryūzaburō Ōtomo(Magneto) and Rokurō Naya(Professor X).
Cast and characters
In other media
X-Men Cartoon Maker: "The X-Men Cartoon Maker" was a recreational software package that allowed the user to create animations with a minimal level of sophistication by utilising a library of backdrops, animations and sound effects from the show.
video gamefirst released for the Super Nintendoin 1992by Acclaim’s "LJN" label. The game was later released for the Mega Drive/Genesis, Game Boy, and Game Gear(the Sega games were released under the "Flying Edge" label). The single-player game features characters from Marvel Comics.
*X-Men Arcade Game: An
arcade gameproduced by Konamiin 1992. It is a side-scrolling fighting gamebased on the characters of the same name under license from Marvel Comics. The animation of the X-Men and the supervillains is based on the 1989 X-Men pilot episode titled " Pryde of the X-Men". [cite web| last = Navarro| first = Alex| authorlink = | coauthors = | title = X-Men: The Arcade Game| work = The Greatest Games of All Time| publisher = Gamespot| date = | url = http://www.gamespot.com/gamespot/features/all/greatestgames/p-47.html| format = | doi = | accessdate = 2008-06-18]
*X-Men: Released by Sega in 1993 for Game Gear, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis.
*: Released by Sega in 1994 for Sega Mega Drive/Genesis.
*: Released by Acclaim in 1994 for Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Super Nintendo.
*: Released by Capcom in 1994 for Arcade, PlayStation, Sega Saturn, PC. The characters in the series were licensed by
Capcomand were the inspiration for the video game "", which in turn would be the basis for the Marvel vs. Capcom series of video games. [cite web |url=http://www.klov.com/game_detail.php?game_id=10498 |title=X-Men: Children of the Atom| accessdate=2007-01-28 |format=html |work=member.cox.net] . 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 Artsin 2001.
*: Released by Sega in 1995 for Game Gear.
*: Released by Capcom in 1995 for SNES.
*Marvel Super-Heroes: Released by Capcom in 1995 for Arcade, PlayStation, Sega Saturn.
*: Released by Capcom in 1996 for SNES. It is the title of a side-scrolling video game based on the events of
Marvel Comics’ series, " Infinity Gauntlet". Adam Warlockcalls upon Earth’s greatest super heroes to seek out the Infinity Gemsbefore they fall into the wrong hands. In a series, the game is considered a spiritual sequel to "". This game is not related in any way to the arcade game "Marvel Super Heroes", despite the similar premise and the fact that Capcomdeveloped both games.
X-Men vs. Street Fighter: Released by Capcom in 1996 for Arcade, PlayStation, Sega Saturn.
*: Released by Sega in 1996 for Game Gear, Master System.
*: Released by Marvel Interactive in 1997 for PC.
X-Men Legends: an action-RPG released for Playstation 2, Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, and N-Gage in 2004. Up to 4 players form a team selected from a roster of 15 X-Men (including the hidden unlockable Professor X). Characters level up their skills and mutant powers through experience points and acquiring special items. In Story Mode the first player takes the role of Magma, a New X-Man, and navigates her through the Xavier School in between missions, including the mansion's outside grounds, dorm rooms, and the subbasement that houses Cerebro, the Danger Room, Beast's Lab, a Brig, and the X-Jet Hangar. There is also a fighting-only Multiplayer Mode set in the Danger Room that allows players to access both heroes and villains.
*: 2005 sequel to X-Men Legends partially based on the "Age of Apocalypse" storyline from the comics. This game features a larger number of skins for characters (including skins based on "Age of Apocalypse") as well as an expanded roster that includes Brotherhood members Magneto, Juggernaut, Scarlet Witch, and Toad. Iron Man, Deadpool, and Professor X are hidden unlockable characters. Where the original game was predominantly told from the perspective of Magma (who is also not in this game), Legends 2 is told from an outside perspective with all 4 players being active at all times. Also new to this game is the Team Bonus, where characters will get boosted stats if the team assembled matches a pre-set list in the computer. For example, a team of all New X-Men (characters created in the 1980s) will receive a 15% health bonus.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance: This game follows the same gameplay style found in the X-Men Legends series but with a character roster that spans the whole Marvel Universe. Locations in the game from the X-Men comics include the villain Arcade's circus and a Shi'Ar space vessel. Playable X-Men in the game include Iceman, Storm, Wolverine, Colossus (Xbox 360 downloadable), Cyclops (Xbox 360 downloadable), Nightcrawler (Xbox 360 downloadable), Magneto (Xbox 360 downloadable), Sabretooth (XBox 360 downloadable), and Jean Grey (Game Boy Advance only). Like Legends 2, this game features the Team Bonus, and also lets the player(s) create their own pre-set team with a bonus of its own.
caption= cover of X-Men Adventures Volume 2 # 5
date=November 1992 to March 1997
"X-Men Adventures" is a
comic bookseries published by Marvel Comics. Beginning in November 1992, it adapted three of the five seasons of the "X-Men" animated series. Following that in April 1996, it became "Adventures of the X-Men", which contained original stories set within the same continuity. [cite web|url=http://www.faqs.org/faqs/comics/xbooks/main-faq/part2/section-5.html|title= The 1990s: Claremont’s exit, mega-crossovers|accessdate=2007-01-26] It lasted until March 1997, shortly after the show’s cancellation by the Fox Network. In the final issue, #12, of "Adventures of the X-Men", it is revealed that this universe existed prior to the current Marvel Universe, and was destroyed by the fracturing of the M’Kraan Crystal.
*"X-Men Adventures (Volume 1)" (17 issues) (1992-1994) [cite web|url=http://www.comics-db.com/Marvel_Comics/X/X-Men/X-Men_Adventures/Volume_1/index.html|title=X-Men Adventures Comics checklist Volume 1|publisher=comics-db.com|accessdate=2007-02-13]
*"X-Men Adventures (Volume 2)" (15 issues) (1994-1995) [cite web|url=http://www.comics-db.com/Marvel_Comics/X/X-Men/X-Men_Adventures/Volume_2/index.html|title=X-Men Adventures Comics checklist Volume 2|publisher=comics-db.com|accessdate=2007-02-13]
*"X-Men Adventures (Volume 3)" (13 issues) (1995-1996) [cite web|url=http://www.comics-db.com/Marvel_Comics/X/X-Men/X-Men_Adventures/Volume_3/index.html|title=X-Men Adventures Comics checklist Volume 3|publisher=comics-db.com|accessdate=2007-02-13]
*"Adventures of the X-Men" (12 issues) (1996-1997) [cite web|url=http://www.comics-db.com/Marvel_Comics/A/The_Adventures_of_The_X-Men/index.html|title=Adventures of the X-Men Comics checklist|publisher=comics-db.com|accessdate=2007-02-13]
* [http://members.aol.com/drg4/x.html DRG4’s X-Men the Animated Series Page]
* [http://marvel.toonzone.net/xmen/ Marvel Animation Page Presents: X-Men]
* [http://www.tv.com/x-men/show/3557/cast.html?om_act=convert&om_clk=castsh&tag=cast;more X-Men TV series cast]
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