Captain Planet will be tree huggin’ his way to theaters, and it’s all thanks to a deal Cartoon Network’s deal with producer Don Murphy (Transformers). The Turner-owned net is planning to develop a live-action adventure film based on the world’s first animated environmental super hero, Captain Planet. Murphy’s team plans on reviving Captain Planet, and making him more relevant to today’s demographics. Stuart Snyder, president of Turner Broadcasting System Inc.’s Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media Division says that the company wishes to,
“…bring the world’s first eco-hero to life in a powerful motion picture that is not only pertinent but entertaining.”
For those who have been living under a rock, Captain Planet and the Planeteers premiered in 1990 as the first environmental animated series on the small screen. The six-season series centered on a band of young people who combine their special powers to summon eco-hero Captain Planet to battle the world’s eco-villains.
To be quite honest I’m not sure to how to feel about a big blue-ish man on the big screen talking about environmental issues. Also the dude is kind of a lame super hero ’cause even though he fights pollition (“down to zero”), if he gets dirty he loses his powers. Grime and dirt are this hero’s krptonite. Thank God he doesn’t live in Mexico, he’d be dead within 5 minutes. ( no offense to the country, but take it from me it’s pretty dirty in certain areas) Plus, we already had The Day After Tomorrow freak everyone out about the way they’ve screwed the environment by threatening a second ice age and typhoon’s larger than the Statue of Liberty. I reserve my comments on big blue men saving the world until the first trailer for this movie, but so far it ain’t looking all that good for him.