X-Men: The Animated Series, which debuted on Halloween 1992, recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. In living rooms across the United States, kids of the 90s sat down with bellies full of candy, unaware of the cartoon renaissance that was to come. Kyle Roberts decided to take his fandom to the next level with his very own stop-motion interpretation of the X-Men: TAS opening sequence. Every instance of nostalgia begins to flood back with the familiar synthesizer sting of the Ron Wasserman theme song.
The video was created back in 2012 when X-Men: The Animated Series celebrated its 20th anniversary. Roberts’ studio Reckless Abandonment Pictures described the video:
“With the 20th anniversary approaching of Director Kyle Roberts’ favorite cartoon growing up, he wanted to see if his team could re-create the 1992 X-Men cartoon animated intro using action figures and stop motion! With over 4,000 individual pictures taken, Roberts spent two months rotoscoping and animating all of the special effects.
Art director Nathan Poppe drew over 60 background images used in this project with his ‘doodle’ style rad artwork. Colin Nance and Zach Zellar recreated the original theme from scratch and you can download on Colin’s sound cloud.”
Some of the high-quality action figures used in the video were supplied by the Toy And Action Figure Museum’s Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection, based in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. Roberts had previously done stop-motion recreations of the intros for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as well as the classic Adam West Batman series.
There are a couple of noteworthy easter eggs in the recreated intro. One found around the 1:21-22 mark involves a crowd of innocent bystanders running away from what appears to be the King Of Pop dressed in his “Thriller” garb. Not only that, but Bruce Lee can be found running right next to him with a casual smirk on his face.