Season 5 Episode 9

Jubilee's Fairytale Theatre

Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Nov 16, 1996 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Jubilee's Fairytale Theatre
Jubilee tells children her own fairy tale having herself, her fellow X-Men and their greatest enemies be the characters in it.

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  • Young Jubilee is give responsbility over a group of kids. When they get trapped in an cavern, she tells a fairytale until they are eventually rescued by the X-men.

    This last season of the X-men had episodes that were just not up to the greatest that we had come to expect from the series. This is probably the worst of the bunch.

    Jubilee is not old enough to be responsible for that many kids by herself, setting aside the fact that the kids appear to be on some sort of educational group tour, which is not only a bit odd but would seem to suggest the need for another X-men to tag along.

    Playing in a series of caverns is not especially bright, or safe, but that is just what Jubilee does when she is responsible for young children.

    They get stuck in the cave and water begins to rise, adding drowning to one of the many life lesson, Jubilee is teaching.

    Beyond, the illogical premise, Jubilee's powers seem to have been significantly reduced. She should be able to safely blow a small hole through the rock, by using her years of training.

    The episode also demonstrates the sharp reduction in the overall quality of the artwork and animation. What about the fairtale? Well, its not a bad story per se and Jubilee is able to place the mutants into a medival fantasy setting, but its a far cry from thte sort of writing that we have come to expect from the series.moreless
Lenore Zann

Lenore Zann


Catherine Disher

Catherine Disher

Jean Grey/Phoenix

Cedric Smith

Cedric Smith

Professor X/Charles Xavier

George Buza

George Buza

Beast/Dr. Henry "Hank" McCoy

Norm Spencer

Norm Spencer

Cyclops/Scott Summers

Tony Daniels

Tony Daniels

Gambit/Remy LeBeau (1996-1997)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • NOTES (7)

    • Jubilee does not wear her pink glasses anymore.

    • This episode was based on The Uncanny X-Men #153 (January, 1982), though there, Shadowcat told a similar story to Illyana.

    • Originally intended for 65 episodes, Fox Kids bumped up the order to 70 and did not want to further the series. But Saban asked them for another season, so that they could wrap up some of the storylines left lingering. Eventually Fox Kids agreed to six more episodes. Unfortunately, at the time Marvel was filing for bankruptcy and could not afford to produce more episodes, not to mention Graz Entertainment had folded into Dreamworks Animation, so Saban funded them directly. This explains why the last six episodes looked different than the previous 70.

    • From this episode on Jean's hair will be shorter and will be in a ponytail.

    • From this episode on, Jubilee's hair will be shoulder length.

    • Tony Daniels takes over as Gambit starting with this episode.

    • This episode marks the change in animation that will persist for the final six episode of the series. The animation quality worsens, though the actual character designs go unchanged, save for Jubille and Jean, who both get new hairstyles (though Jean's is only when in costume).


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