Ahoy Captain Cats here and today we are going to talk about the series that was Marvel Comics’ answer to Batman The Animated Series and it was X-Men: The Animated Series and it turns 30.
The series started its 5 seasons run from October 31, 1992, till September 20, 1997, on Fox Kids Network. The series was based on the original X-Men comics, but the look and feel were based on Jim Lee and Chris Claremont’s first 25 issues of their run on X-Men. The series was produced by Marvel Entertainment Group, Saban Entertainment, Graz Entertainment, and AKOM. The Team that was in this series were Cyclops, Wolverine, Rogue, Storm, Beast, Gambit, Jubilee, Jean Grey, Professor X, and Morph.
The TV series just like the comic series talk about topics such as religion, the Holocaust, loneliness, divorce, and acceptance. The TV series was also told other stories from the comics and did a fine job with such stories as “Days of Future Past,” “The Dark Phoenix Saga,” “Weapon X,” and “The Legacy Virus” storyline.
While the series did a fine job retelling most of these stories and bringing the X-Men to a generation of kids, it was no match for Batman The Animated Series and while that series only had 2 seasons, its legacy and influence in animation, storytelling, and production value overshadow X-Men.
X-Men was a classic in its own right and with Disney planning to bring the series back as X-Men 97 in 2023 now would be a good time to rewatch this series or experience it for the first time. Also, the Japanese opening and ending of the series was way better than what North America had.