cartoons

K is for Kim Possible

Now it’s time for a bit of nostalgia – Kim Possible was not only one of my favourite cartoons when I was in my early teens but I’m also pretty sure for a while I wanted to be just like Kim herself.

Kim Possible is a really fun show, I loved the humour and all the characters – I especially liked Shego and the kind of mutual respect she and Kim had for each other. Oh, and the puns! Love a good pun so Kim Possible being a pun of the word “impossible” and Ron Stoppable being a pun on “unstoppable” were right up my street.

Kim was just so cool. She was a spy, she had cool gadgets, she was funny and popular but never mean about it – she was definitely the sort of character I aspired to be like when I was a teenager. I also really wanted Kim and Ron to get together! They were probably one of my first ship’s and I loved them as both best friends and when they finally ended up as a couple.

I feel like Kim Possible, along with Totally Spies, is what started my love of spies and superheroes, because Kim was kind of a superhero. She had a secret double life, tech support in the form of Wade, and a sidekick in Ron. Kim Possible was one of those shows I’d watch when I was channel hopping, even when I’d “grown out of it” because that’s the thing, the quick dialogue and humour was something that could appeal to all ages.

Who can forget the theme song?! I always used to sing along and I wanted my own phone to make that beeping noise when I got a text – I’m sure you can download it from somewhere but I’ve never got around to it.

X is for: X-Men

I tend to say that X-Men was my gateway drug to all things superhero and comic books. While I did watch Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980) when I was a child thanks to my mum really liking them, it wasn’t until I started watching the 90’s X-Men cartoon that I came to really like the idea of people with superpowers and what that could mean.

The animated series introduced me to loads of characters and story arcs that I ended up loving. Immediately my favourite characters were Wolverine and Gambit. Also the animated series had the best opening theme.

Then there came X-Men: Evolution which put the majority of the X-Men in high school so you got to see that dilemma of having crazy powers and still having to deal with everyday school drama. I think that series was my favourite as it really delved into some characters backstories that I’d never seen before, for instance Mystique and her relation to Rouge and Nightcrawler, and they did some of the major storylines like Apocalypse. All the characters were quite complex and I continued to love Wolverine – his friendship with the younger X-Men was great.

I know there was the Wolverine and the X-Men cartoon but I’ve never watched that – the animation style didn’t really appeal to me to be honest.

And then there’s the movies. Now the continuity of the X-Men movies is a pain to figure out and sometimes it’s just easier not to. You can also find faults in all the movies if you really wanted to but I do like them all to some degree. I can’t even 100% hate The Last Stand since it had Colossus play a bigger role. X-Men, X-Men 2 and X-Men: First Class are my favourites out of all the films so far. I am intrigued, nervous and excited about how X-Men: Days of Future Past will play out on screen – while I haven’t read the comic it’s based on, I am a little gutted that they’ve given the pivotal role that was Kitty Pryde’s and have given it to Wolverine. I am looking forward to seeing both the older cast and the younger ones together in one film but it’s such a big task that so much could go wrong.

No matter what happens in the films, I will always like the X-Men characters. Like I said, it was through these superpowered characters that I then went on to watch and enjoy other superhero TV shows and films. So I will always love and thank X-Men for being my gateway drug to this crazy world.

To give you an idea of how awesome the 90’s cartoon was, check out this video: