It was at this store that I first rented Transformers: The Movie. I recall being really confused about who all of these new Transformers were, and I was disapointed that Optimus Prime and most of the original crew were only in the first act of the film. Still, it was Transformers and the animation was gorgeous so I rented it a few times over the years.
|1 of at least 4 different|
covers from various
releases of the show.
The movie I rented the most though was Pryde of the X-Men.
As a kid this X-Men cartoon mystified me. I had only ever seen the one episode, and longed to find more episodes of the series. While I will always have an undying love for the 90's Fox X-Men cartoon, which doesn't get enough credit for being the amazing series it was, there was something kind of special about that single episode from 1989.
While I would keep an eye out for more episodes for years (before that new fangled Internet caught on), I would eventually learn that this single pilot episode was it. The show was never picked up, despite some truly beautful animation for the time.
Why do I have such a special place in my heart for Pryde of the X-Men? There are plenty of reasons!
|Professor Xavier, Devourer of Worlds|
The animation - As I noted before, the animation was gorgeous. Very smooth, very dynamic, the characters looked really good. I really liked Magneto with bare hands, it kind of symbolizes he isn't afraid to get his hands dirty for what he believes in.
The plot - For a late 80's cartoon the plot was pretty solid. Sure you can poke holes into it you want to, but you can do that with almost anything, particulary cartoons. Some concessions are made for story purposes, and I'm okay with that.
|I wanted the ducts cleaned, not crushed!|
Now, don't take my praise to mean the show was flawless. Too many characters don't speak in full sentences (Colossus and the Blob, though at least Colossus has the second-language excuse). Half of the Brotherhood are complete morons. Wolverine is for some reason Australian (don't believe me? If you check it out, he calls the Toad a "dingo").
Do yourself a favour and check this episode out. It's easily findable on Youtube, but I'll go one better and provide it for you here! If you've never seen it before, give it a looksee and let me know what you think of it in the comments!