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Information-silk Played by
Michael Bell, Neil Ross, Earl Boen, Andi Chapman, Kath Soucie, John Stephenson, Alexandra Stoddart, Ronald Gans, Patrick Pinney, Pat Fraley, Alan Oppenheimer, Susan Silo, Frank Welker, Dan Gilvezan
Information-silk Universe
Information-silk Developers
Directed by Ray Lee, Original Music by Robert J. Walsh, Voice Direction by Stu Rosen
Information-silk Runtime
30 min.
Information-silk Producers
Will Meugniot
First Aired

September 16, 1989

Episodes

Season 1

  1. Pilot

HistoryEdit

Pryde of the X-Men is a one-shot animated television pilot from 1989 featuring the X-Men. A series, for which this episode was intended as a pilot, never materialized. The title is a pun based on the name of Kitty Pryde, one of the characters. Marvel Productions/Sunbow Productions produced the pilot X-Men episode for NBC. The single episode aired infrequently in syndication during the Marvel Action Universe series and was later released on video.

Reaction

The pilot met with mixed reaction. While the animation was of an extremely high quality for television (especially for the late eighties) as the pilot was made to garner interest in a potential series, several points were criticized

  • Kitty Pryde was constantly portrayed as a hapless damsel in distress, in stark contrast to her comic counterpart: the 1985 mini-series Kitty Pryde and Wolverine, a well-known watershed moment for Kitty, had changed Kitty from an innocent, carefree teen into a responsible, strong young woman.
  • Wolverine spoke with a thick Australian accent, although his history is Canadian. His constant insertion of Australianisms like "dingo" and "crikey" irritated many fans. This was a continuation though of the Australian depiction of Wolverine in the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends episode "A Fire-Star Is Born"
    (September 25, 1982). Incidentally, two of the actors who have played Wolverine, Scott McNeil (in X-Men: Evolution) and Hugh Jackman (in the X-Men movies) are Australian, although both play the character without a distinct accent.

However, after the success of X-Men and X-Men: Evolution, fans have been kind to Pryde of the X-Men, seeing it as a well-meant prelude for things to come.

Notes

  • In 1992, Konami produced an X-Men arcade game that served as an expansion of the Pryde of the X-Men pilot.
  • Frank Welker, who provided the voices of Nightcrawler, Toad and Lockheed in Pryde of the X-Men previously provided the voice of Iceman on Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.
  • In 1990, Marvel published a graphic novel titled X-Men Animation Special adapted from Pryde of the X-Men. The panels were images from the cartoon rather than newly drawn art.

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