Seeing the Earth in its profound environmental peril, Gaia (Whoopi Goldberg), goddess of the Earth, summons five kids from around the world to become the Planeteers, an opposing force to fight back and educate others in the need to be environmentally responsible. To accomplish that task, each kid is given a magic ring that each has a power of earth, wind, water, fire and heart. When the threat they face is too big for them to face, they can combine and amplify their powers to create Captain Planet (David Coburn), who has the power to stop catastrophic environmental disasters himself, while the Planeteers contribute with the things anyone can and should do to help.Written by
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The Planeteers use a helicopter with no tail rotor. Without either a tail rotor or a counter rotating main rotor, a helicopter would simply spin around on its axis, being unable to counter the torque produced by the main rotor. See more »
Our world is in peril. Gaia, the spirit of the Earth, can no longer stand the terrible destruction plaguing our planet. She gives five magic rings to five special young people. From Africa, Kwame with the power of earth. From the North America, Wheeler with the power of fire. From the Soviet Union, Linka with the power of wind. From Asia, Gi with the power of water and from South America, Ma-Ti with the power of heart. With the five powers combined they summon earth's greatest ...
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In the opening titles from the first (two?) series, Linka is said to be from the Soviet Union. In subsequent series, she is said to be from eastern Europe. See more »
Captain Planet and the Planeteers Theme (Ending)
Written by Nick Boxer
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well-meaning but silly in its naivete
The producers of this series launched this series with public statements that their purpose was to encourage environmental concern, a laudable goal.
Unfortunately, they failed to take into consideration how this series undermines rather than encourages pro-active environmental awareness.
According to this series, if our pollution and other environmental follies ever become too intense, never fear, the Earth itself will manifest a superpowered goddess (Gaia) and her superhero avatar (Captain Planet) to fix it for us. So why should anyone worry about litter or misuse of nuclear energy when there is always a two-dimensional savior figure waiting in the wings to fix it for us without any real help from us beyond a token phrase about "the power is yours" (it's yours, but I wield it, and you don't have to do a thing!)?
According to this series, pollution and other environmental follies don't really come from well-meaning but shortsighted researchers and businessfolk, nor do they come from profiteering corporations for which many of us work -- they come from evil destructive cruel villainous scum, so all we have to do is defeat the bad guys and the world will be environmentally clean and pollution-free. Since our viewers know they are not evil destructive cruel villainous scum, why should they feel any sense of personal responsibility for pollution and such? Instead, they can just focus on vilifying a few evil bad guys without whom everything would be wonderful.
Instead of encouraging environmental concern, this series simplifies all the complexities underlying pollution et al. into a crude if-we-defeat-the-few-bad-guys-everything-will-be-swell perspective with reliance not on oneself but on a summoned savior figure who removes personal responsibility.
Excellent voice actors, though, and I always found myself cheering for Dr. Blight (Meg Ryan) and her computer MAL (Tim Curry) since they often had more wit and depth than any of the ethnic stereotype heroes and their ditzy superhero.
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