Captain Planet: Parody and kitsch
Nick Boxer talks about a comic book that once did a Captain Planet parody in this exclusive behind-the-scenes video. (Meredith Darlington/MNN and Mike Lindsay/MNN)
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Nick Boxer: There was a show that came out right around the same time that we did called Toxic Crusader, which was a spin-off of the movie Toxic Avenger, or the comic book Toxic Avenger, and then they made movies out of it. But I don’t think they really focused on sort of the science and the issues nearly as much as we did, although in their comic book — we both had comic books — and they made a great, they did a great parody of Captain Planet and the Planeteers. It was Corporal Globe and the Globeteers, and they had these powers, and they were like — I forget what the first four, but I remember they replaced Heart, like, they had a character, it was like, Ma-Ti, and they replaced his power. His power was Coochi- Coo. So they sort of just mocked Captain Planet, but we decided that, still,that was the sincerest form of flattery, the fact that they, you know, were so focused on us that — it was a sign of success. And I sort of feel that Captain Planet has over the years had various renaissances, and it’s like, I feel like that in some ways going forward they can have that again in the same way, you know, Speed Racer. I think that, you know, at a certain point, as it goes further and further away, it becomes sort of more and more kitsch. You know, and obviously Captain Planet was very corny in a lot of ways, very tongue-in-cheek, sometimes badly done, sometimes over the top in terms of the corniness, but that was sort of — you got one shot. You didn’t have that much opportunity, you know, once you create a genre and a mythology, you’ve kind of got to stick with it and just try and do it better and better as you go along.