Earth! Wind! Fire! Heart! No, PopWatchers, I am not just shouting the names of bands from the ’70s (sorry, Water, you didn’t fit in the theme of my joke). Rather, I am calling for all the forces that combined to make the super awesome ’90s animated superhero, the one and only Captain Planet, to team up once again.
That’s because Cartoon Network has signed a deal with producers Susan Montford and Don Murphy (Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Real Steel) and their company Angry Filmworks, to make a live-action movie out of the beloved animated series Captain Planet and the Planeteers, which ran from 1990 to 1996. Said Stuart Snyder, the president and COO of Turner Broadcasting System Inc.’s Animation, Young Adults, and Kids Media division in a statement, “We are extremely excited about bringing the good Captain back to life. His adventures are known worldwide and he is recognized across generations. We expect to make a spectacular series of films with the amazing team at Cartoon Network.”
Yes, fellow ’90s nostalgia geeks, the series that taught us the importance of saving the Earth (and that if you live a green, albeit crime-fighting, lifestyle, your hair will also be green) is going to be made into a film. While there’s no word yet on who will play Captain Planet (My vote is for Tobias Fünke, as he is already blue and most undoubtedly looking for work) or the necessary Planeteers (Cappy’s pals are supposed to be teens, but I still want LeVar Burton to stay put as Kwame, i.e. Earth), the flick, if done right, could serve as ultimate childhood throwback. Then again, will it be too weird to see a non-animated Captain Planet? Or will it be cool to see him and the Planeteers get modernized for moviegoers? We can only hold out our Planeteer rings and wait to find out.
But, I’m curious PopWatchers: What do you think about the news of a live-action Captain Planet movie? Who do you think should play the captain? Environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio? Or maybe even Al Gore? He was pretty good on 30 Rock, guys! What other ’90s animated series would you like to see get the big-screen treatment? Let us know in the comments section below, and of course, Goooooo Planet!