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.
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Blight uses a stolen growth enhancement ray from Dr. Georgina Carbor to control the rate of erosion. The vine mutates into a plant monster. Celebrate National Dog Day with a look at some shows that feature a few of the most adorable dogs on TV. Watch the video. Title: Captain Planet and the Planeteers — Seeing the Earth in its profound environmental peril, Gaia Whoopi Goldberg , goddess of the Earth, summons five kids from around the world to become the Planeteers, an opposing force to fight back and educate others in the need to be environmentally responsible.
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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