Nick Boxer, Captain Planet executive producer, opens up about the show in this exclusive behind-the-scenes episode.

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Nick Boxer: I got pulled in pretty much right at the beginning.  I mean, Ted had sort of, Ted laid the groundwork, basically said, 'I want to do a show.  It’s called, Captain Planet,' and it was environmental, and it was empowering for kids, and then it was sort of left to us to figure out how that was going to play out.  And I guess they, at that point, they were also pitching or taking pitches from different animation companies who would do it because DIC, Ruby Spears, and Hanna-Barbera were the three original entities in it.  It was originally produced for DIC.  And originally we were going to be the environmental sort of overseers, environmental consultants, because Barbera’s division was we were the international documentary unit.  We did environmental programming for Turner Broadcasting.  But it was really strange, because the animation experts came in and what they presented to us was basically animated documentary, and it was like, this doesn’t make any sense.  The whole point is to have fun with it and sort of really create a mythology and whatever.  And so I started writing a bunch of stories, and one of the stories became the original episode.  It was called, A Hero for Earth.  And we had been sort of fleshing it out, bringing in villains, and figuring out ways that the kids would interact and have their powers and go from there.

"Captain Planet" is an animated series created by Ted Turner in the 1990s. 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.


Captain Planet: How the executive producer became involved with the cartoon
Video: The executive producer opens up about the show.