Executive producer Nick Boxer shares his thoughts about one of his favorite Captain Planet episodes in this exclusive behind-the-scenes video.
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Nick Boxer: Basically, Twelve Angry Animals, the premise is that the Planeteers get lost in a snowstorm, and they’re rescued by animals. Well, they fall down. They fall into an ice cave, which allows them to survive this storm, but they’re put on trial, and this is for the crimes of humanity against animals, and the judge is a yeti, and the jury and the witnesses are all animals. And, you know, they sort of make a case of how, through history, humans have affected their environment, and that as our technology has advanced, our ability to affect our environment has in fact increased, you know, many fold. And that makes us sort of have to be more aware and more responsible, because we can cause great damage. And in the end, you know, basically, they are found guilty, but their sentence is to be more aware, and to be more thoughtful going forward, and to carry the message to the world. I thought it sort of achieved, you know, this nice storytelling balance. You know, you got to tell a big story in it, but it had smaller stories within it, you know, and I felt that it showed the kids themselves being educated, as opposed to being one where, you know, they are the educators or -- I don’t know, I just felt it had a lot of heart to it, a lot of spirit to it.
Yeti: You have heard the charges. What have you humans to say in your defense?
Linka: There is no defense. There is no excuse.
Ma-Ti: We are guilty, Your Honor, as charged.
"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.
Numerous celebrities contributed voice work to the show, including Meg Ryan, Jeff Goldblum, Whoopi Goldberg and many others. You can watch all the Captain Planet episodes on MNN and you can learn more about the series by going behind the scenes with the creators and major players.