X-Men: The Animated Series

Posted: July 20, 2011 9:01 am in Television

Originally running from 1992-1997, this animated series ran through many of the original storylines from Stan Lee’s comics. I remember catching a few re runs as a kid, but never got to watch a whole season. So now, thanks to Netflix Instant Queue, I got to watch all 5 seasons.

I really enjoyed this series. Yea, its full to the brim of 90’s cartoon cheese. But hey, it’s your typical Saturday morning cartoon. And since I was more of a reader in the 90’s (I would spend hours in used book stores reading these comics), I knew these famous stories already. Throughout the span of the 5 seasons they cover the “Dark Phoenix Chronicles”, “Days of Future Past” and “Legacy Virus”. This made the show for me. Because, to be honest, the voice acting and dialogue was gonna drive me nuts.

The final thing about this show I thought was really cool, was seeing how much the live action X-Men films used this show as inspiration for their character development and the way they talk/act. The best examples of that is Wolverine and Beast. The worst was Professor X. His cartoon version is seriously lacking Sir Patrick Stewart’s power and awesome English accent. So that was a good change for the live action films.

Overall, there’s a lot to love about this show, with only minor things to dislike. Any fan of the live action films will find enough similarities to like it, while the comic fans will enjoy seeing a bunch of classic storylines and characters wearing the classic uniforms come to life. Fun, very 90’s, and Marvel. Whats not to like?


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