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72 What other movies or cartoons are there?




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This article is from the X-Men Comic Books FAQ, by Kate the Short (racmx@yahoo.com) with numerous contributions by others.

72 What other movies or cartoons are there?

There have been quite a few attempts to cash in on the X-Men craze in
other media. A quick rundown:

* Pryde of the X-Men (1989)(TV)
Pryde was the first attempt to make an X-Men cartoon. Characters
include Cyclops, Wolverine, Colossus, Xavier, Emma Frost, Toad,
and the Blob. It's really a failed series pilot that was
repackaged for video sale. Notable for thin plot and poor voice
casting, it uses an Australian accent for Wolverine. It runs 30
minutes and is pretty bad.

* X-Men (1992)(TV)
This is how it should be done. The cartoon cast includes Xavier,
Cyclops, Jean Grey, Rogue, Gambit, Wolverine, Jubilee, Storm,
Beast, and a whole host of villains along with Magneto. The voice
casting was very well done, the plots were generally stable, and
the series touched upon many other X-Men and Marvel characters in
its 5-year stint. While continuity wasn't always in line with the
comics (the most obvious examples being Morph's inclusion and the
not-quite-right attempt at the Phoenix Saga), the characterization
was great.

* Generation X (1996)(TV)
The first live-action adaptation of the mutant franchise was this
TV-movie. The villain of this story is Russell Trask, played by
Matt Frewer (of Max Headroom fame). Trask is a scientist out to
use mutants to advance his schemes. When he finds out that old
adversary Emma Frost is teaching a bunch of mutant teenagers, he
decides to kidnap her students to use in his attempts to control
the world by controlling everyone's dreams. Characters included
the familiar Emma Frost, Banshee, Jubilee, M, and Skin, a weird
version of Mondo, and new characters Buff and Refrax. It had a few
moments, but was generally miscast (a white girl as Jubilee?) and
poorly plotted. A sequel was planned in 1999 but never made it to
production.

* X-Men: Evolution (2000)(TV)
This cartoon series features Cyclops, Jean Grey, Rogue,
Nightcrawler, Shadowcat, and Spyke as teenaged high school
students. Mystique is the principal of the school, which also
includes such students as Toad and Quicksilver.



 

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