Let's Be Heroes. According to Barbara Pyle, the inspiration for the five Planeteers came from real people that she met during the show's pre-production in The original series was the second longest running US-cartoon of the s, producing episodes. The show's intro theme was composed by Tom Worrall. The ending theme maintained by both DIC and Hanna-Barbera's versions is considered one of the most memorable parts of the series due to its catchy main chorus and rock track " Captain Planet, he's our hero, gonna take pollution down to zero ". This is then followed by a rap from the voice actors of the Planeteers. In , the show saw a production company switch, changing the title to The New Adventures of Captain Planet produced by Hanna-Barbera Cartoons , which was acquired by Turner in This series revealed more of the past of each of the characters and expanded on it dramatically. The tone of these episodes was more mature than the initial series. The animation style was altered.
Skip to Content. Mixed: Teamwork and caring about the environment send good messages, but the protoganists are lazy with their language. All of the show's "good guys" are trying to protect and preserve nature and the environment. The characters are somewhat stock, i. Planeteer Wheeler is the street-smart comedian, Planeteer Linka is the scientist hottie, but the girls are given equal screen time and power as the boys. Some of the villains show growth over the course of the series and change their polluting ways. In one episode the camera does a close-up on a female character's butt; villians dress in drag mockingly. Parents and caregivers: Set limits for violence and more with Plus. Parents need to know that this animated classic sends many positive messages about preserving our natural resources. But it does have some questionable language choices, some on-the-racy-side innuendos, and regular cartoon battles.
It read like armageddon. CNN founder Ted Turner handed me the report as my job description. We lifted the characters and locations from environmental documentaries I had made with Nick Boxer. The Planeteers and many of the characters were based on real people. Gaia, the spirit of the Earth, called them together when the degradation of the planet became too dire for her to bear. Each Planeteer controls a power of nature: earth, wind, fire, water — and heart. Heart is the most important power, as without it there can be no compassion. Captain Planet himself is a metaphor for international cooperation, with a penchant for bad puns and 60s music. Not unlike the UN. Never in our wildest dreams did we think our over-the-top storylines would come true.
Well, Ted Turner and executive producer Barbara Pyle. He came up with the initial concept, and she fleshed it out. Captain Planet and the Planeteers launched in , and the show had a somewhat uneven tone as it introduced kids to some very real-world problems alongside wacky cartoon villains.
Seriously, this series touched upon child abuse, racism, and religious strife while featuring on-the-nose bad guys like Looten Plunder, Doctor Blight, Hoggish Greedly, Verminous Skumm, and Duke Nukem.
No, not that Duke Nukem. Tom Cruise was originally cast as Captain Planet himself, although he only stuck around for six episodes before bailing. Regardless, the good captain has more than a passing resemblance to Cruise.
For the most part, they had cool elemental powers over water, wind, fire, and Earth. Update your browser for more security and the best experience on this site. Skip to main content. Tag: Videos. Tag: TV. Tag: Features. Aug 14, Tag: Original Video. Tag: Everything You didn't Know. Tag: Captain Planet and the Planeteers.
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