The ‘X-Men’ Cartoon Intro Recreated In Stop Motion Action Figure Form
Like a lot of people my age, I spent a pretty significant portion of the '90s watching the X-Men cartoon. As a result, I've got that intro more or less memorized, so I was pretty thrilled to see that entire sequence recreated in glorious stop motion action figure animation.
Created by Kyle Roberts with background art by Nathan Poppe, it features all the guitar riffing, logo-attacking action that you crave from all of your favorite X-Men, and also Gambit. Check it out after the cut!
In order to recreate the intro, Roberts took 4,000 photographs and spent two months on animating it, a figure that I assume does not include the amount of time he spent getting that t-shirt with Mystique's catchphrase from X-Men: First Class printed up or finding that sweet TV with the built-in VCR. Actually, now that I think of it, he may have gotten that one from my old job.
Anyway, it's also worth noting that the animation looks to have been mostly done with the newer Marvel Legends figures rather than the era-appropriate Toy Biz X-Men figures from the '90s, presumably because it's difficult to do stop motion animation with a block of plastic with somewhere around four points of articulation.
In addition to the X-Men, Roberts and his crew have done a ton of other stop motion movies that are well worth checking out, including a recreation of the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles intro:
And yes. It has breakdancing Michelangelo.