In 1990, Ted Turner created the world's first eco-hero and named him Captain Planet. Learn how the series came to be.


Ted Turner: We started the Cartoon Network or were in the process of doing it and I said, you know, there ought to be a cartoon series that has some meat on the bones. And I said, "We need a super hero for the Earth." And I came up with a kind of Superman-type, Superman-, Batman-type character who was green and really, we decided at that point, I got a woman named Barbara Pyle, who worked with me in the environmental area, and I got her involved and she and a fellow named Nick Boxer really produced the show. They took it to the next steps. But I came up for the idea of Captain Planet. We had to have a name for him, and Superman wouldn't do it — it was already taken. So Captain Planet was a good name. There is a lesson and message as well as great entertainment in every episode. I was an environmentalist when I was a little kid — the natural world fascinated me. I was reading books before I could read, looking at the pictures of animals and flowers. 

"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.


Ted Turner talks about creating Captain Planet
Video: Discover the back story on how the first eco-hero was created.