Captain Planet

Phot By fredseibert

Phot By fredseibert

In a mission to save the earth, five “children” (more like young adults) from around the world receive magic rings that when combined they create one of the greatest superheroes of all time: Captain Planet!

Characters

With light blue skin and a green 80s mullet hairdo, Captain Planet was unstoppable when it came to battling the eco-villains that were always coming up with greedy, earth polluting schemes. According to Wikipedia his superpowers include: “Superhuman strength, speed and stamina, flight, invulnerbility, super-breath, telepathy, telekinesis,  shapeshifting, and control over the elements.” He also had a great sense of humor and loved to use puns.

On top of that each ring had its own special power that the “Planeteers” could use before it was truly necessary to call on Captain Planet. The power of Fire belonged to Wheeler (who was super cute) from North America who had fiery red hair and could burn things with his ring. He and Linka were secretly “involved” or at least that is how I always felt. Linka was from the Soviet Union/Former Soviet Union/Russia and had the power of Wind which could blow things away with hurricane force. The power of Earth belonged to Kwame from Africa and could cause earthquakes and landslides. There was also the power of Water which was kind of like a tsunami and blonged to Gi from Asia. My favorite power was Heart because you could read peoples thoughts (or heart). The ring of Heart belonged to Ma-Ti who was from South America and had an adorable little monkey. Then there was also Gaia who was sort of like the brains of the opperation… well really Mother Earth.

Photo From missgeeky.com

Photo From missgeeky.com

But like every superhero, Captain Planet had his weaknesses. Pollution, radiation, and toxic waste all affected his strength and dimmed the power of the rings.  Luckily he could be healed by absorbing natural energy and elements. He was apparently “depowered” three times during the series according to the Wikipedia article on the show. The villains had corny names like “Hoggish Greedly,” “Sly Sludge,” and “Duke Nukem” and no matter how many times Captain Planet foiled their schemes, they were always back raking up muck in the next episode.

History

The show was created in 1990 by Ted Turner as a way to “bridge the gap between educational and entertainment programming.” He envisioned the show to be action packed but more educational than violent. Therefore each episode features some aspect of environmental destruction and calls the viewers to action to be part of the solution. The overall message was that “every individual must respect planet earth and preserve its resources if we are to ensure our survival.

Childhood Memories

Playing “Captain Planet” was so great as a kid… all you needed was a ring to be a Planeteer and then you could point it at things and imagine the super power coming out of it. Plus it was fun to join rings together and form Captain Planet. My brother was always Fire and I was always Wind; my sister switched around between Water and Heart. At the time I didn’t realize the environmental agenda that was being pushed, I just thought it was a cool show. It did inspire me to tell my parents that we should recycle more, though. I think it’s really neat that this was one of the first things we saw in the “green movement,” and I’m surprised there haven’t been that many other environmentally focused shows since.

Fun Facts

The show also featured well known actors such as Whoopi Goldberg, LeVar Burton, and Meg Ryan. It’s also interesting to note that the theme song came at the end of the show instead of at the beginning. Enjoy the lyrics below!

Did you know you can color in your favorite Captain Planet characters on the official Captain Planet website? To learn more about Captain Planet and environmental responsibilities check out these “Frequently Asked Questions.” Tell us your favorite Captain Planet memory!

Theme Song

Photo From electricityandlust

“EARTH!”
“FIRE!”
“WIND!”
“WATER!”
“HEART!”

“Go Planet!”

“By your powers combined, I am Captain Planet!”

Captain Planet, he’s our hero
Gonna take pollution down to zero
He’s our powers magnified
And he’s fighting on the planet’s side
Captain Planet, he’s our hero
Gonna take pollution down to zero
Gonna help him put asunder
Bad guys who like to loot and plunder

“You’ll pay for this Captain Planet!”

We’re the Planeteers
You can be one too
‘Cause saving our planet is the thing to do!
Looting and polluting is not the way
Hear what Captain Planet has to say!

“The Power is Yours!”

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5 Responsesto “Captain Planet”

  1. lolwut says:

    Heart is the worst power ever. You’ve got fire, wind, earth, and water, which can take down armies of evil villains single-handedly. Then you got heart. Imagine Ma-Ti faced against dozens of evil dudes. What’s he going to do? Make them all gay? Talk them through their problems? ;)

  2. Matthew says:

    Hold on, Ma-Ti is a guy? I never could quite figure that out. Haha.

  3. Andrea says:

    OK I agree… as far as a superpower goes… Heart is pretty useless when battling bad guys, but who doesn’t want to be able to read other people’s thoughts?

    and yes Matthew… Ma-Ti is a guy… didn’t you notice that the other girls had boobs? err… lipstick? http://www.turner.com/planet/ma-ti.html

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  5. nana says:

    IN THE EPISODE KNOWN AS 2 FUTURES WHERE WHEELER WENT THORUGH TIME POLE TO STOP BEING PLANETEER, HE HAS TO SEE ACTIONS FOR QUITING FROM BECOMING A PLANETEER, IF I WAS IN WHEELER’S PLACE, I WOULD HAVE LIVED IN CHANGED TYPE HOPE ISLAND WHICH BECAME INTO LAS VEGAS TYPE GAMBLING RESOTRE WITHOUT TELLING HOGGISH GREEDLY & RIGGER ABOUT THE PAST & I WOULD HAVE BECOME A BUSINESS PARTNER WITH THEM.

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