Last month's announcement that
Ted Turner's Cartoon Network was teaming up with producer Don Murphy ("Transformers," "Natural Born Killers") to bring the "Captain Planet
" series to the big screen was met with both excitement and dread. Could they really create something decent with the early '90s cartoon — especially in a live-action format?
Have no fear, Planeteers! A particularly well-timed short from FunnyOrDie.com should put to rest any concerns. It features (naturally) Oscar-nominated actor Don Cheadle as a belligerent version of the blue-skinned superhero going a little overboard with his powers to turn people into trees. Who knew Captain Planet could be such a badass? The clip also features Gillian Jacobs, Efren Ramirez and Brenda Song.
"We really have a need for balance and wisdom in what we’re trying to do with this one Earth that we have," he said in June 2010. "And I was kinda brought into this because it is something that’s close to my heart, and something that, as a father, I’m very interested in.”
Due to language, this version of Captain Planet is not safe for work — so throw on the headphones and enjoy a laugh below.
"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.