‘Wolverine and the X-Men’ Creators Tout Unique Marvel Series28 Jul, 2010 By: Chris Tribbey
SAN DIEGO — The X-Men and Wolverine have been done to death by Hollywood, but Josh Fine and Chris Yost, the associate producer and writer, respectively, of the Nicktoons Animated series “Wolverine and the X-Men” know they’ve created something unique.
“The show was written much like the comic books, and has a serial feel to it,” Yost said. “It’s a pretty amazing show.” Proof of that are the more than 550,000 DVD copies sold of the individual six volumes released by Lionsgate. The studio will put all the episodes together in one spot Oct. 12 on three-disc DVD ($29.98) and Blu-ray Disc ($44.99) sets.
“It’s one big story and now they can get it all in one set,” Yost said. “The complete series set gives you all of it in one place.”
The series sees the X-Men disband after an explosion at Xavier mansion. Wolverine, Storm, Beast and others are left to pick up the pieces.
“It’s the first time you get such an amazing character arc with Wolverine,” Fine said.
Yost called it “flipping the script” with the X-Men characters.
“We turned them inside out,” Yost said.
Fans of the series will find a lot of familiar storylines from the comic books, Yost and Fine added.
“We pulled as much inspiration from as many books as possible,” Fine said.
Bonus features include 29 commentaries with the show’s creators, and “The Making of Wolverine and the X-Men” and “The Inner Circle: Reflections on Wolverine and the X-Men” featurettes. Fine said the commentaries would be insightful for fans of the show, which include a lot more ages than the boys 6-11 demographic it was created for.
“It was great doing then, because it shows what we were thinking when we did it,” he said.
The guys are also excited that Lionsgate deemed the series worthy of a Blu-ray release.
“The series was produced in HD, and it’s a regret we had that we always got to see it that way, but the fans didn’t,” Fine said. “Now they can.”
Josh Fine and Chris Yost, the associate producer and writer, respectively, of the Nicktoons Animated series “Wolverine and the X-Men,” attended Comic-Con in San Diego July 23.