Wolverine and the X-Men

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Fun action series for kids has enough depth for older fans.
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Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The series is designed to entertain, not educate.

Positive Messages

Fairly complex messages for a kids' cartoon, touching on issues including injustice and discrimination. The government has declared mutants a menace and is hunting them down; those who've managed to avoid being imprisoned are living underground or in exile. While the X-Men hope to find a way for humans and mutants to peacefully coexist, other mutants have taken a much more confrontational approach -- particularly the Brotherhood, which advocates terrorist-style attacks against both anti-mutant government officials and the Mutant Response Division, a military unit charged with capturing people with super powers.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While the heroic X-Men are clearly the good guys, the "bad" mutants are a less easily defined bunch -- they conduct terrorist-style attacks, but they think they're doing it for the right reasons.

Violence & Scariness

Lots of animated action featuring blasters, super-powered fistfights, energy beams, and other weapons. Buildings, vehicles, and other objects are often destroyed, but people are rarely injured.

Sexy Stuff

No sex or nudity, though some of the female heroes wear revealing/tight costumes.

Language
Consumerism

No commercial content within the series, but there's plenty of X-Men merchandise available for fans to purchase.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this chapter in the popular X-Men saga focuses specifically on the conflict between mutants -- people who've developed superpowers -- and the humans who fear them. Though it's aimed at kids and is age-appropriate for tweens overall, the series has a lot of depth and covers some fairly complex, adult themes (injustice, discrimination, fear of those who are different, etc.). Expect plenty of cartoon violence -- although, as in most animated shows, hardly anyone actually gets hurt.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMT CRITIC July 19, 2014

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 th... Continue reading
Adult Written bychocolatebat September 21, 2016

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-Me... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 15, 2011

Wolverine and the X-Men

This show is awesome!!! I love The X-Men movies, comics, games, TV shows and especially this show! WOW! Its so darn good! I have it on DVD and I watch it all th... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byobiwan3301 August 13, 2015

Watch this show bub

I really like this show, it has a good story and plot and characters you care for. The only bad content is Emma frost's over the top revealing costume. Thi... Continue reading

What's the story?

In WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN, the long-simmering conflict between mutants and humans has erupted into all-out war. Mutants have been declared a menace to society, and when Professor Xavier (voiced by Jim Ward) disappears in a mysterious attack that destroys their headquarters, the X-Men decide to disband. After a year on the run, Wolverine (Steve Blum) returns to coax his former teammates to come out of hiding and rebuild their group of powerful heroes. But he faces a new world -- in which the Mutant Response Division is hunting down his fellow mutants and a band of mutant criminals, the Brotherhood, is planning a series of terrorist-style strikes aimed at the anti-mutant government forces.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether cartoon violence has the same impact as live-action violence. Why or why not? 

  • In the show, mutants have been declared criminals simply because they're mutants. Is that fair? Are the show's anti-mutant laws similar to any real-life laws -- either now or in the past?

  • Some of the mutants actually are criminals; do you think that's because of the laws against them? Or do some mutants choose to become criminals just as some regular people do?

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