Tuesday, June 17, 2008

VIDEO: "Wolverine and the X-Men"

The trailer for "Wolverine and the X-Men" is excellent. The animation seems pretty good and the character voices are what you would expect. Marvel has done pretty well with animated series since becoming their own studio, with the Spider-Man series on Saturday mornings doing pretty well.

One problem I have with the trailer is the look of the main character. Nearly everyone looks great except for Wolverine, who has been drawn with arms that are two-thirds the size of his body. Were the animators going for the DC animated look of the elongated shoulders? For the most part, everyone else looks good and appears like they've leaped out of the comic books. Alot has happened since the X-Men appeared in the 90s cartoon, which didn't change too much about the characters unlike the "Evolution" series, and from the trailer it looks like they've brought in elements of the comic books such as Magneto's mutant country of Genosha. I wonder if Genosha will meet the same tragic fate in the cartoon as it did in the comics.

I got hooked on comic books in large part because of the Saturday morning X-Men cartoon of the early 90s, and I'm glad that the next generation will have the same opportunity to get hooked into the Marvel Universe.

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