|Rated: TV-Y7 for fantasy violence (US) / PG: "Not Recommended for Young Children, Violence" (Canada)|
Starring: Cedric Smith, Norm Spencer, and Catherine Disher
Released: 1993 - 1994 (original TV premieres) / 2009 (DVD)
The Good: Those who aren't superhero fans may scoff, but this series is rather entertaining and convoluted. The five-parter that ended it was very epic; not only did it keep me on the edge of my seat, but, the ending broke my heart...which was kind of the point. I also thought it was awesome how the animators put sight gags in various scenes; when Beast is looking at photos of himself when he was younger, one of them shows him wearing a shirt that says, "SHAZBOT!" As a longtime Mork & Mindy fan, I couldn't help but laugh at that. The animation is great, especially when it comes to the various transparency effects that were required for some of the monsters. Pretty much everything was great, except...
The Bad: I'm not sure why they couldn't have released a straight-up season set instead of doing "volumes". That, however, is a minor complaint.
- Sex: Kissing and flirting; nothing more. 4/5
- Nudity: Shirtless guys; women in low-cut outfits; people briefly seen in swimsuits. All of it is less sultry than it sounds because of the animation style. 4/5
- Language: Mostly name-calling; the word "hell" is used in a non-profane way, but only once. 4/5
- Violence: The "fantasy violence" mentioned in the TV rating is quite present here. The X-Men, other good guys, and various villains are hit, kicked, blasted, shot at, thrown, etc., countless times. Robotic enemies are sliced. All of the violence is completely free of blood and gore, but it is still intense nonetheless. 2/5
- Drugs: None. 5/5
- Frightening/Intense Scenes: Along with the violence, there is quite a bit of emotional intensity, and some of the bad guys are rather scary-looking. 1/5