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Kitty Pryde and Professor Xavier; as portrayed in the pilot.


Pryde of the X-Men was a failed animation pilot that first broadcast in 1989, featuring Marvel's mutant superheroes the X-Men. The pilot followed Kitty Pryde; alias Shadowcat, joining the X-Men.

Plot

The X-Men’s archenemy Magneto is being transported by a military convoy. Magneto is unable to use his powers, trapped in a force field - that is, until the White Queen appears. A member of his "The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants", she scatters the escort and dismantles the field restricting Magneto, allowing him to use his magnetic powers to tear apart his portable prison and escape. Elsewhere, Kitty Pryde arrives at Professor Xavier's to be trained to use her power of phasing, passing through solid matter. The Professor leads her to the Danger Room and introduces her to the X-Men: Cyclops, Colossus, Dazzler, Nightcrawler, Storm, and Wolverine. Kitty is frightened by Nightcrawler’s demonic appearance and almost causes the Danger Room to go haywire, making Wolverine insist that the X-Men don’t have room for children. Magneto sends Pyro and Blob to retrieve the tracking coordinates for the Scorpio comet approaching Earth. This has the secondary goal of diverting the X-Men while Magneto and Juggernaut invade the X-Mansion. The Professor learns from Magneto’s thoughts that they have come for the "mutant power circuit" of Cerebro (the mutant-tracking computer). He gives it to Kitty and orders her to flee, but Magneto captures it. The X-Men return from their confrontation with Blob and Pyro to find the mansion in ruins and the Professor and Kitty unconscious. Xavier once again reads Magneto’s thoughts, this time learning the full details of his plan. Magneto plans to redirect the passing Scorpio comet onto a collision course with Earth. This would send up a cloud of dust and debris, blocking out the sun for years, plunging the planet into another Ice Age which would leave normal humans weakened, allowing the mutants to take over. The X-Men leave at once for Magneto’s orbiting sanctuary Asteroid M, but the X-Men instruct Kitty to stay, as the mission is far too dangerous. Kitty, however, wanting to prove her worth and make amends for her previous failure, phases aboard the Blackbird and hides, with the Professor's blessing. Upon reaching the asteroid, each X-Man quickly becomes enganged with an objective on the way to Magneto. Only Nightcrawler finally confronts a gloating Magneto as the Scorpio comet is approaching Earth. As Magneto is about to blast Nightcrawler, Kitty emerges from the floor, causing Magneto to accidentally blast the wiring of his device. Nightcrawler teleports up and uses his body as a conduct, while Kitty knocks Magneto onto the platform, using his power to redirect the comet's course towards Asteroid M. Nightcrawler must risk sacrificing himself to complete the machine's circuit, or the comet changes course back to Earth. The X-Men watch from the Blackbird for Nightcrawler to teleport at the last minute. The comet and asteroid collide, but Nightcrawler rematerializes out in space. The team attempts to retrieve him with the Blackbird's grappler arms before he burns up entering the atmosphere. They miss and Nightcrawler disintegrates. The X-Men mourn their fallen teammate, and Kitty cries over how badly she had treated him earlier. But then coughing from one of the storage lockers revels that Nightcrawler has just managed to teleport himself into the plane before the atmospheric friction totally burned up his suit. While the X-Men give Kitty open credit for her efforts, Wolverine insists that Kitty isn’t a member of the X-Men - at least, not yet.

Failed television pilot

The title is a pun on the name of Kitty Pryde, the youngest X-Man. The series for which this episode was intended to launch never materialized; Marvel Productions would have to go back to the drawing board for 1992’s X-Men Animated Series. The pilot aired infrequently in syndication, and was later released on video. It served as the basis for the classic X-Men Arcade Game.

Credits

Cast

Stan Lee Himself/narrator
Michael Bell Cyclops/additional voices
Earl Boen Magneto
Andi Chapman[3] Storm/additional voices
Neil Ross Wolverine/Nightcrawler
Kath Soucie Kitty Pryde
John Stephenson Professor Charles Xavier
Alexandra Stoddart[4] Dazzler/additional voices
Frank Welker Toad/Lockheed
Ronald Gans Additional voices
Pat Fraley Pyro
Alan Oppenheimer The Blob/additional voices
Patrick Pinney The Juggernaut/additional voices
Susan Silo The White Queen
Dan Gilvezan Colossus

Frank Welker, who provided the voices of Toad and Lockheed in Pryde of the X-Men previously provided the voice of Iceman on Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.

Crew

Ray Lee director
Margaret Loesch (billed as Margaret Loesch Stimpson) executive producer
Will Meugniot producer
Robert J. Walsh original music
Stu Rosen voice director
Writing credits
Larry Parr original story
Stan Lee characters (uncredited); though billed as Supervising Producer
Jack Kirby characters (uncredited)
Chris Claremont characters (uncredited)
John Byrne characters (uncredited)
Dave Cockrum characters (uncredited)

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