Tuesday, February 10, 2009

As Archimedes said when he discovered the principle of displacement: "Eureka!"

one of the most frequently requested television shows not released on DVD, right under The Wonder Years, is a FOX Kids action show that ran for five years and 76 episodes and has the distinction for being the longest-running show ever based on a Marvel comic book.

yep you guessed it. X-Men: The Animated Series

it was never as well-animated or on model as the folks at Batman: The Animated Series demanded of their show -- the voice acting, while competent, was a little stiff in comparison with its fellow Marvel show Spider-Man, but gosh darnit, it was a great little show. it dealt with issues that other cartoons dare not touch; the ills of prejudice, intolerance, racism, divorce, the Holocaust, AIDS, and a plethora of other issues, though sometimes in the guise of less overt issues. plus, the opening theme song was killer:

in fact, though not quite up to par with on quality with the other superhero shows of its time, it was amongst the highest-rated and most-viewed Saturday morning programs in American history. and come April 28th, Disney is finally bringing it to us in proper chronological order:

the episode breakdown, if you must:
VOLUME 1 Disc 1:
Night of the Sentinels (Part 1)
Night of the Sentinels (Part 2)
Enter Magneto
Deadly Reunions
Captive Hearts
Cold Vengeance
Slave Island
The Unstoppable Juggernaut

Disc 2:
The Cure
Come The Apocalypse
Days Of Future Past (Part 1)
Days Of Future Past (Part 2)
The Final Decision
Till Death Do Us Part (Part 1)
Till Death Do Us Part (Part 2)
Whatever It Takes

VOLUME 2 Disc 1:
Red Dawn
Repo Man
X-Ternally Yours
Time Fugitives (Part 1)
Time Fugitives (Part 2)
A Rogue’s Tale
Beauty & The Beast
Mojo Vision

Disc 2:
Reunion (Part 1)
Reunion (Part 2)
Out of the Past (Part 1)
Out of the Past (Part 2)
The Phoenix Saga (Part 1): Sacrifice
The Phoenix Saga (Part 2): The Dark Shroud
The Phoenix Saga (Part 3): Cry of the Banshee
The Phoenix Saga (Part 4): The Starjammers
The Phoenix Saga (Part 5): Child of Light

and because I just love stop motion bumpers (like Kirsten Lepore's for her reel...), here's another for "Ubatuber Productions"

Ubatuber Productions Logo from Ubatuber on Vimeo.

more on this animator later...

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