Captain Planet: Nick talks about growing up
Learn how he became the executive producer of this popular cartoon.
Video: Learn how Nick Boxer became the executive producer of this popular cartoon in this exclusive behind-the-scenes video. (Meredith Darlington/MNN and Mike Lindsay/MNN)
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We were actually -- I think, when I was a kid, I was allowed one hour of discretionary television a week, and then there was certain kinds of programming I was allowed to watch, you know, that you could talk your parents into. It’s like, I watched a lot of nature shows, a lot of documentary. I was very into, you know, wildlife. I always actually -- I wanted to produce wildlife documentaries, and then I decided, and then I decided I was going to become a vet, and I was pre-vet in college, but then I switched and went into -- switched into video production, ironically, did my senior thesis in animation technique and didn’t use that again, really, until -- other than some graphic stuff -- until Captain Planet. But in some ways, it seemed like there was a circular aspect to that where I came back to all the pieces sort of. In a way, Captain Planet really did fit together a lot of the pieces, you know, of my life in the sense that I was raised -- my parents were big into recycling, big into the environment, you know, very sort of socially conscious, and then I ultimately, you know, I sort of was into the wildlife documentary stuff, and then into, you know, veterinary medicine, and then ended up doing environmental/ social issue documentary. As I said, I had this animation -- a certain amount of animation training in both high school and college, and so Captain Planet brought all those things together. Kind of strange.
"Captain Planet" is an animated series created by Ted Turner in the 1990s. MNN.com is the primary source for "Captain Planet" episodes on the Web.
Captain Planet is a superhero whose powers are implemented by a team of five Planeteers (as well as himself), each of whom helps combat environmental catastrophes like pollution, animal poaching, water scarcity and more. Each episode of "Captain Planet" involves the captain and his planeteers tackling different dilemmas and nefarious eco-villains.