This week’s new episode of Disney+ Deets takes us back to the ‘90s for a breakdown of the beloved X-Men: The Animated Series.

  • Kenneth and Marcellus provide some history on the characters, taking it all the way back to 1963 when Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created the first X-Men comic.
  • They then share a story about how then-President of Fox Kids Margaret Loesch was a fan of the comics and was so confident an animated series based on them would work, that she told the studio they could fire her if it didn’t.
  • They also share that Morph, a member of the X-Men in the animated series, was originally planned to only be in one episode but a focus group voted him as their favorite character, so he was eventually brought back.
  • Director Larry Houston was a fan of comic book artist Jim Lee and chose his designs for the characters in the series.
  • They also explain that the series didn't use typical voice actors, but instead brought in “serious theater actors” from Toronto to voice the X-Men.
  • Each episode of this series required a 40-page script with each page consisting of 400-500 shots, totalling 30,000 animated frames per episode, with each one being hand painted.
  • Before wrapping up, the hosts plug “X-Men: The Art and Making of the Animated Series,” a book by Eric and Julia Lewald which can be purchased here.
  • For more fun facts about the series, be sure to watch this week’s episode of Disney+ Deets below.

  • You can watch X-Men: The Animated Series on Disney+ now.
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