Captain Planet and the Planeteers

TBS (ended 1996)



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Captain Planet and the Planeteers

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Captain Planet was created by billionaire Ted Turner in the early 90's to spread awareness of the environmental damage done to earth every year, at the same time providing the action and thrills that a Saturday morning cartoon needs to be a hit.

This special effort caught on.  The show ran for six long successful years, with three seasons divided between DIC animation, and Hanna-Barbera, and today is still repeated all over the globe it was created to help preserve the environment. 

The Planeteers represent the different cultures of the world working together to help the Earth.  Each Planeteer was given a power ring representing an element of the Earth.  When trouble becomes too much to handle, they combine the powers of these rings to summon Captain Planet, the embodiment of teamwork.

Together, with the help of Gaia, the spirit of the Earth, the Planeteers travel the world to help out wherever they can.


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    Mary Kay Bergman

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    Frank Welker


    Dean Stockwell

    Dean Stockwell

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    Ed Gilbert

    Ed Gilbert

    Looten Plunder (1994-1996)

    Malcolm McDowell

    Malcolm McDowell

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    • What a legacy

      It's not everyday that a reasonably good show comes around and teaches its audience the importance of keeping the environment clean and nature healthy. It most likely got a generation into recycling and being mindful about the environment and others as well. Still it has its flaws. Yes it is preachy at times but it does it for good reasons. After all it was meant to be that way. It shows how greedy and shortsighted people can make unwise choices to serve themselves and mess things up. However it does also offer hope and guidance on how to solve serious problems. Several of the characters could be better/use more development though. It was needed to be simple enough younger viewers to follow.

      For one thing cutting down trees shouldn't be viewed as a crime especially if you are going to use the wood or for some other good reason. Also not all hunters are poachers bent on driving animals to extinction. They're usually selfish/careless people wanting a rare trophy or very poor and often ignorant people trying desparitely to support themselves. Illegal hunting is poaching whether it be killing/harvesting a protected species, using illegal weapons or traps, killing/trapping out of season, or hunting in areas or times when it is forbidden. The writers should've done some more research on that. Other words, it's worth checking out.moreless
    • This show has and always will be part of my childhood.

      I've been in-love with this show since I was very little. I love the characters, I like how they usually put those PSA's about saving the earth (until they stopped it on the last 2 seasons) and... I don't know, I just think the show is great! Remember people: the power is yours!!! GO PLANET!
    • A hippie's favorite show

      Captain Planet is one of those shows that makes you think, i was 12 watching this show and i actually learned to protect mother land some way or the other. I noticed how our heroes from each of the continents of our world fought for the protection of our beloved planet everyweek.

      Parents couldnt tell you to stop watching "those cartoons" because you could tell them "they teach me to protect the environment" and your mother would have to simply go back to her chores.

      An excellent show for the whole family, great animation and great stories. a Must see for all the children n this world.moreless
    • This show tries to teach kids about the environment, which was a nice attempt, but it's polluted with annoying characters and weird stories that have nothing to do with the environment, and stupid jokes by Captain Planet and it falls short.moreless

      Before anyone starts jumping down on me, I to care about the environment and do my best to save the planet. Captain Planet was a cartoon created by Ted Turner that tried to teach kids about the environment and how to save it, but just falls short on many levels. The story centers around 5 teens from all over the world who are each given a ring that is an element by Gaia, the spirit of the Earth. Kwame, from Africa, has Earth. Wheeler, From North America, has fire. Linka, from the Soviet Union, has wind. Gi, from Asia, has water. Finally, from South America, Ma-Ti, with the power of heart. all 5 of them combine their powers to create Captain Planet, defender of Earth. Idea wise, the show sounds good, where it fails is the terrible characters, plots that are strange, and bad puns by Captain Planet. The show has good artwork and animation for the time. The animation flows nicely and the artwork has creative characters. Where the show's problems begin is that some of the characters on this show are rather annoying, especially Wheeler. Wheeler is just an idiot who tries to act like a macho man, but he is just an arrogant jerk and never changes at all. The villains have the weirdest and most generic names ever. Seriously, Hoggish Greedily, Looten Plunder, and Sly Sludge? Who's naming these characters? In some episodes, unsuspecting business leaders work with them. OK with names like those, how can they trust them at all? While most of the stories are about saving the environment, there are some that are very questionable for a show aimed at kids. In one episode, it is about gang violence and apparently teaches kids gang slang. What does this have to do with the environment. Then there is the episode that teaches kids about AIDS and unprotected sex. What are they doing telling kids about this stuff? They haven't even hit puberty yet. The fight scenes with Captain Planet while pretty enjoyable is ruined by Captain's never ending bad puns. You can't go 2 minutes without Captain Planet making one bad pun after another that will make you groan. At the end of each episode we are treated to a nice Planeteer Alert which teaches kids about the environment and tips of have to save it. To be very fair, this is a good attempt to teach about the environment, but there is one problem. Kids really didn't pay attention to this, they didn't have a care in the world and when they heard this, they just heard, blah, blah, blah. They just wanted to see cartoons, not so much the environment messages this show gave. I have to also say, as bad as the show is, it has the best closing credits theme ever. I still love hearing that theme every now and then and it's just so catchy that even if you really don't like the show, the theme is something that appeals to everyone. Overall, Captain Planet was a nice attempt to teach kids about the environment, but annoying characters, awkward stories, and poor jokes polluted this show. I do apologize to all fans of this show, but there are better ways to teach kids about the environment.moreless
    • Part of my childhood

      Loved it.

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