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Wolverine and the X-Men

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fun action series for kids has enough depth for older fans.

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age 10+

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age 7+

Cartoon that delves into the full complexity of the X-Men mythos

It's a shame this show was cancelled after one season. Even so, it is definitely worth viewing, particularly if this is your first experience with the X-Men. The storyline highlights crucial themes of the X-Men universe, prejudice and discrimination. The show fully utilizes the metaphors for racism, homophobia, and general prejudice against those who are considered the "other" found in the discrimination against mutants. On top of that, it does great justice to so many well-known X-Men characters, Wolverine, of course, but also Nightcrawler, Emma Frost, Magneto, the Scarlet Witch, and Professor Xavier. I would have been nice to see a bit more diversity in the body types of female characters (the men are well-done in this area), but at least the female characters are well fleshed out.

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age 12+

The Xmen show to watch

Wolverine and the X Men is a well written show with engaging stories, developed characters and superb animation. However this shows places too much focus on the title character. rather than the X men team itself, leaving some characters underutilized. Nevertheless, whether you an Xmen fan or even if you love superheros, Wolverine and the X men is fantastic for all ages.

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The mutant-human conflict in the X-Men stories has always served as a metaphor for racism, and by placing this issue front and center, the series makes it clear to even young viewers what can happen when intolerance is taken to the extreme. With mutants -- and sometimes even their human supporters -- being rounded up for no obvious crime, the X-Men are forced to be heroes in a world that doesn't seem to want them. It provides a fascinating backdrop to the story and gives the developing plotlines more urgency.

Though aimed at kids, Wolverine and the X-Men has enough depth to appeal to older fans of the popular Marvel Comics franchise as well. The characters are well-developed, with unique personalities and conflicting needs that are true to the themes developed in the comic books and lend themselves to generating plenty of drama. The animation is excellent, and the stories are much more nuanced than the average animated action show.

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