In the eleven months of work it took to get to the official premier of X-MEN:TAS shown on Fox TV in January, 1993, there were dozens of opportunities for the project to go in a wrong direction. 99% of TV projects find a way to fail. Will Meugniot and Larry Houston wouldn’t let us fail. Both of them had loved comics and the X-Men since their childhoods in the 1960s. Both had worked on years of TV projects, some good, some bad. This time TV would get it right! I didn’t know and love the X-Men the way that they did (not yet). I just wanted to tell good stories. Many people wanted a very different show (younger, goofier), and they weren’t shy about pressing us to change it. But Will and Larry knew what an X-Men animated series needed to be. Others supported us at critical times, but if it weren’t for Larry (Producer/Director) and Will (Producer/Designer), the X-MEN:TAS that we know today wouldn’t exist. Here is a photo of the two of them, working in Korea in 1991, just months before we were thrown together to make the show. I was the third person hired to do the series. Will and Larry were number one and two — something for which I am still thankful.
Larry Houston left, Will Meugniot right