Celebrating the Ultimate Eco-Superhero on #NationalSuperheroDay
After Chernobyl in 1986, the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989, and the Amazon's heavy deforestation throughout the decade, co-creators Ted Turner, Barbara Pyle and Robert Larkin III, developed a broadcast programming television series that would help inform the public of critical social and environmental issues on a global scale.
Captain Planet and the Planeteers first aired in 1990 with one of the most catchy theme songs of all time.
The animated show is a form of edutainment and advocates environmentalism. The program was hugely popular and the plots fictional, yet very real and possible, eco-emergencies helped influence a generation of millennial's to care about environmental causes.
Every episode is followed up with at least one "Planeteer Alert" clip, often connected to the plot, where environmental-political and other social-political issues are discussed and how the viewer can contribute and be part of "the solution" rather than "the pollution".
Solar is the Sixth Solution to Pollution
The elements that are used to create Captain Planet are Earth, Fire, Wind, Water, and Heart. Sadly, Captain Planet and the Planeteers did not eradicate pollution. The global climate crisis is still a very real and imminent threat. But now there is a tangible, reliable energy solution that can help drastically offset the negative impact of global warming. So, if the show were to relaunch, we think there would likely be a sixth Planeteer named Solar.
Fun Facts About Captain Planet and the Planeteers
- According to the show's co-creator, Barbara Pyle, the inspiration for the five Planeteers came from real people that she met during the show's pre-production in 1989.
- Tom Cruise was originally cast as Captain Planet himself, although he only stuck around for six episodes before bailing because he wanted more creative control.
- Series is known for having a number of famous actors providing voices for the villains.
- In a September 2012 interview with Barbara Pyle and co-developer Nicholas Boxer, it was stated that the Hope Island was located near the Bahamas.
- The original series was the second longest running US-cartoon of the 1990s, producing 113 episodes. It lasted for three seasons under the name Captain Planet and the Planeteers (produced by TBS Productions and DiC).
- Captain Planet episodes are available on Amazon Prime.