In August 2011, less than a month after development was announced on a live-action Captain Planet film, Don Cheadle showed the world what such a flick might look like. Or at least, what it might look like if directed by Quentin Tarantino.
The online comedy site FunnyOrDie.com transformed Cheadle into the blue environmental superhero, but with a belligerent and foul-mouthed twist. Not only does he go overboard with his power to turn people into trees, but he also has a few choice words for his loyal group of Planeteers.
The clip proved so popular in the green world, that it went on to win a 2012 Environmental Media Award for Best Digital Content. Not bad for something so NSFW.
Seems all that attention has prompted the folks at FunnyOrDie to bring back Cheadle for another reprisal of the captain. The site tweeted a photo last week of a blue-skinned Cheadle glancing menacingly back over his shoulder with the words "Captain Planet is back!"
You can see the original below. Look for the captain to "bring back the pain" sometime soon.
"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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