Captain Planet returns to save the earth
by David Masters
February 27, 2009
Children’s eco-cartoon Captain Planet is making a comeback – not on TV, but on the Mother Nature Network (MNN) website.
Cult classic Captain Planet was first released in 1990 by cartoon creator Ted Turner, who decided that children around the world needed an eco-hero to look up to.
Six series were produced, and the show ran until 1992, but re-runs have been rare since it was taken off air in 1996.
The first MNN episode, ‘A Hero For Earth’, is a repeat of the first ever Captain Planet cartoon.
Twenty classic episodes will be released by MNN, featuring the all-star cast voices of Elizabeth Taylor, James Coburn, Martin Sheen, Whoopi Goldberg, Meg Ryan, Sting, Jeff Goldblum, Neil Patrick Harris, Tim Curry, and Helen Hunt.
Captain Planet, not seen in more than a decade, has over 176,000 fans in a facebook group dedicated to the hero.
MNN hopes that in releasing the series, it will create a new generation of eco-warriers to fight against pollution, global warming, and rainforest destruction.
The first Captain Planet episode is available for download from the MNN website.
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