“Captain Planet, he’s our hero, gonna take pollution down to zero!” If you are over the age of 30, those lyrics may mean nothing to you – but for a generation of young adults, Captain Planet and the Planeteers was a TV show that sought to teach us about environmental issues. Now, 15 years after the show was cancelled, executives at the Cartoon Network have reached out to Transformers producer Don Murphy to resurrect the show for the big screen.
For those of you unfamiliar with the cartoon show, it revolved around a quintet of teenagers from around the world (check out that multiculturalism!) who worked together to encourage environmentally responsible behaviour. Each ‘Planeteer’ was gifted with a magic ring that allowed them to control an element of nature (Earth! Wind! Fire! Water! Heart!), and together they defended the world against polluters, pollution, and other industrial evils. Should the situation ever get too tough for them, they could summon Captain Planet, a magical entity who possesses all of their powers magnified, and showed that the combined efforts of a team are stronger than its individual parts. He also had a groovy environmental message at the end of each episode.
With the environment at the forefront of everyone’s minds and every major Hollywood studio looking for a new superhero franchise (or one based on toys or a 90s TV show), it seems that Captain Planet is set to bring pollution down to zero again.
“The messages of Captain Planet are even more relevant today,” said Stuart Snyder, president of Turner Broadcasting System Inc.’s Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media division. “We feel this team can bring the world’s first eco-hero to life in a powerful motion picture that is not only pertinent but entertaining.” Considering Hollywood’s last eco-movie was The Day After Tomorrow, I’m expecting this to be just as ‘realistic’ – but with a flying blue man.
Click here to see the classic opening sequence for the TV show.
Via Empire Online