Captain Planet, He’s Our Hero!

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Go Planet!

Ask me about some of my favorite activities during my childhood and you’ll hear me speak of PlayStation, racing, and cartoons. There are not many things that make me feel young now (sadly) but when I talk about some of my old favorite cartoons, that spark of youth still comes to my eyes; especially when you speak of…wait for it… Captain Planet. At the drop of a dime, I can still sing every word to the theme song with fervency and you don’t have to dare me. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that I would live to see the day that a Captain Planet movie would be in production. The time has come, though — Captain Planet is coming and in live-action to boot!

In case you don’t know who Captain Planet is, I’ll give you a few words to sum it up: the five rings of Earth, Fire, Water, Wind, and Heart, worn by the Planeteers, summon forth an awesome superhero with a strong penchant for kicking the arses of Polluters, and that’s while wearing red speedos and green hair, too.

(And, yes, we are now summoning wind powerwater power, and even earth power in great amounts to clean up our planet. While polluters fight this progress tooth and nail, there is a strong movement to make our world cleaner… and I think this film will help.)

Creators Behind Captain Planet Live-Action Film

Don Murphy, who has worked as a behind-the-scenes producer on all three transformers movies, and his production company (Angry Filmworks) are headlining the project in collaboration with the Cartoon Network. Not only are they aiming to make Captain Planet into a series of films, they truly want to tackle some of the serious environmental issues we are facing today and make a statement. MTV News was at a press release and got a hold of some of the big wigs behind the series for some questioning. Here are a few words from them:

“The messages of Captain Planet are even more relevant today,” said Stuart Snyder, president and COO 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.”

“With the earthquakes, tornadoes, melting icebergs and all the other problems threatening the world right now, Earth really needs her greatest defender,” added Montford.

I see the sparks of a bit of controversy firing up. I’m willing to bet this movie will undoubtedly trigger some more debate on the environmental issues that people choose to acknowledge exist, or not (Global Warming anyone?). One thing you don’t have to bet on is whether or not I’ll be in the theater giddy from geekiness on opening night. I’ll be there,.. but I’m leaving the red speedos at home.

Go Planet, the power is yours!

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5 thoughts on “Captain Planet, He’s Our Hero!

  • Omg I use to watch this show when I was younger and always wanted to be Linka and blow people away with my powers away. I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY ARE MAKING A MOVIE OUT OF THIS!

  • This rocks! And I have always said that Wall-E is the Inconvenient Truth for youngsters and dorks who would not watch the Inconvenient Truth. Whooo!!!

  • I Think Im The Heart Ring Bearer…

  • … am I the only one who thinks the cartoon was painfully preachy and a live-action movie can’t be any better?

    ” wind power, water power, and even earth power”

    What, no HEART?

    • I loved the cartoon 😀

      We’ll see

      Yeah, no “heart power” yet.. LOL

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