Sept. 15 marks the 22nd anniversary of the premiere of the "Captain Planet and the Planeteers" series on the TBS Network. The environmentally themed cartoon, created by Ted Turner and Barbara Pyle, spanned six seasons and 113 episodes before wrapping up on May 11, 1996.
To mark Captain Planet Day, executive producers Barbara Pyle and Nick Boxer will be holding an AMA ("Ask Me Anything") session on Reddit.com at 3 p.m. EST
on Saturday. If you've ever had any burning questions about the world's favorite blue-skinned superhero, the famous celebrities who participated, or the future of the franchise, now is your chance to ask them!
One inspirational aspect of the Captain Planet story that you'll likely hear from Pyle and Boxer is the growing Planeteer Movement. Leveraging social media, fans who grew up with the cartoon are now making an impact in communities around the world, drawing from the themes of environmental stewardship shared on the series.
"It was more than a cartoon," Pyle told Mediapost earlier this year
. "Its empowering message of collaboration, diversity, and sustainability became the hallmark of this generation. As kids, they identified with the Planeteers, who created Captain Planet out of their combined powers to do the heavy lifting while they did the real work themselves!
"Now as young adults, they not only believe they have the power to make a difference, they have a commitment as the stakes are far greater. They’re building local Planeteer Networks around the world using Facebook Groups to plan meetings and projects. These Planeteers have become the empowered global citizens Ted and I always hoped the fans would grow up to be. ‘The Power is Yours!’ is not just a slogan to them — it’s a shared worldview."
So great is the support for the Captain Planet brand that the official Facebook site
for the series is expected to top a stunning 540,000 Facebook fans tomorrow.
In a quick conversation with Pyle, she mentioned that the Mother Nature Network was influential in showing her the enthusiasm behind a potential Planeteer Movement.
"The young journalists that interviewed me for the launch of MNN in February of 2009 were among the first to convince me that grown-up Planeteers exist," she said. "They told me that they chose environmental careers due to Captain Planet and the Planeteers' impact on them — I was astonished! It is good news for the planet that Captain Planet's message of cooperation, diversity and sustainability lives on in the worldwide Planeteer Movement."
"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.
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