X-Men, also known as X-Men: The Animated Series, is an animated television series that originally aired from 1992 to 1997 on Fox as part of the Fox Kids programming block. This is the first successful attempt at animating X-Men, following the failed Pryde of the X-Men pilot three years prior.
The team's line-up was inspired by Cyclops' Blue team from X-Men comics during the '90s era. Most of the uniforms are identical as well. While the series featured original stories, many of the episodes loosely adapted storylines from the X-Men comics, such as "Days of Future Past" and the "Dark Phoenix Saga". It also crossed over with the 1994 Spider-Man animated series on occasion, establishing the two shows as existing in the same continuity.
On modern merchandise, the show is referred to as X-Men '92. Despite its immense popularity it has yet to be remastered on blu-ray. The production team expressed disappoint in never being cunsulted on the episode order for home video in the book Previously on X-Men: The Making of an Animated Series, as well a complete lack of bonus features or commentary tracks.
Cast and Characters
- Professor X - voiced by Cedric Smith
- Cyclops - voiced by Norm Spencer
- Jean Grey - voiced by Catherine Disher
- Gambit - voiced by Chris Potter (1992–96) and Tony Daniels (1997)
- Rogue - voiced by Lenore Zann
- Storm - voiced by Iona Morris (1992–93) and Alison Sealy-Smith (1993–97)
- Wolverine - voiced by Cathal J. Dodd
- Beast - voiced by George Buza
- Jubilee - voiced by Alyson Court
The show was orered into production after the success of the 1989 Batman movie, to counter the animated Batman series that was being developed by Warner Brothers. X-Men was Marvel's best seller at the time so it was chosen to compete against Batman for Saturday morning animation.