Generation X: The MovieGeneration X is a made-for-tv movie aired by Fox in 1996. Based on the comic of the same name, the movie followed the students at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, as well as their teachers, Sean Cassidy and Emma Frost.
New student, Jubilee meets her fellow students and tries to find her place amongst them. Things are complicated by Russell Tresh, a scientist who believes that experimentation on mutants will lead to a breakthrough in psychic powers. Using a 'dream machine' he tries to lure Angelo Espinosa into meeting with him so that he can cut out part of his brain.
The movie was considered a failure due to low ratings and the planned follow-up TV series never materialised.
- Suzanne Davis as Arlee Hicks (Buff)
- Matt Frewer as Russel Tresh
- Finola Hughes as Emma Frost (White Queen)
- Heather McComb as Jubilation Lee (Jubilee)
- Jeremy Ratchford as Sean Cassidy (Banshee)
- Bumper Robinson as Mondo
- Agustin Rodriguez as Angelo Espinosa (Skin)
- Amarilis as Monet St. Croix (M)
- Randall Slavin as Kurt Pastorius (Refrax)
- Chamber and Husk do not appear as their powers were thought to be too costly to reproduce on the screen. They are replaced by Buff and Refrax whose codenames were coined by Scott Lobdell, the co-creator of the Generation X comic.
- Penance and Synch also make no appearance.
- Jubilee is played by a white actor, something which caused a lot of outrage with the fans. Evidently, the character Jubilee was supposed to have been either Dazzler or Boomer, but Jubilee's popularity in X-Men: The Animated Series resulted in the change.
- Skin appears to have some psychic powers in this incarnation.
- If the movie had done well, a TV series was planned to run on the same night as The X-Files.
- Despite it's relative failure, a sequel movie was developed. It was planned to introduce Northstar and Synch to the cast.
- Jeremy Ratchford also voiced Banshee in X-Men: The Animated series.
- The movie has only ever been officially released in the UK, on video.
- The building used to portray Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters was reused as the X-Mansion in the three X-Men movies. It was also used as Lex Luthor's home in Smallville.
- The dream-machine helmet was reused in a 1996 episode of Doctor Who.
- The UK cut of the movie features nudity, swearing and racial slurs which were all removed from the American broadcast.
- When Jubilee is in a games arcade at the start of the movie, an X-Men game can be seen. Later, a character is shown wearing a Wolverine t-shirt.
- Although cut from the end product, the X-Men and the Hellions were both mentioned in the script for the movie.
- Agustin Rodriguez, who played Skin, went on to play a character called 'Inspector Espinoza' in Charmed!
- Action figures were created for Buff and Refrax and it is rumoured they would have been added to the comic lineup if the movie had been successful.
- A decent quality bootleg DVD of the movie can be ordered at Antimatter Multiverse.