Captain Planet and the Planeteers


Hey, guys, remember Captain Planet and the Planeteers and how awesome that TV show was?  Robot Chicken‘s parody of Captain Planet has ingrained itself in my mind and that’s all I can think about when I think about that show.

Word is that Sony Pictures is just wrapping up the negotiations that will grant them the rights to producing a film adaptation of the ’90s cartoon.  Sony’s got Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds), Don Murphy (Transformers) and Susan Montford (Vampire Academy) set to produce the feature with Andrea Giannetti overseeing for the studio.

A few attempts to bring this series back to life have fallen through in the past; an attempt to create a film adaptation didn’t move past the screenplay in the ’90s, and another attempt to create a live-action remake of the TV show in the late 2000s just never happened.  As far as we know, there’s no reason why this won’t move past the negotiation stage, so we’ll see if this time it actually becomes a thing.

For those of you who never got around to experiencing Captain Planet, The Hollywood Reporter has a pretty good overview:

The show was produced by Turner Broadcasting and DIC Entertainment, the latter known for Inspector Gadget and The Real Ghostbusters cartoon shows.

Captain Planet told the story of five teens from around the world – North America, Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia and South America (if this isn’t tailored for today’s international marketplace, I don’t know what is) — that are given powers by Gaia, the Earth spirit, in order to protect the planet from the devastation of polluters.

When their powers are not enough, the teens combine to summon a superhero named Captain Planet.

The Captain and the Planeteers fought villains such as Dr. Blight, Verminous Skumm, Duke Nukem, and Looten Plunder.

What do you guys think? Who do you think should be playing Captain Planet?

ETA: My fellow Nerd Bastards have put it out there: if it’s not Don Cheadle, we riot.  (War Machine Iron Patriot and Captain Planet? Some epic titles under his belt, that’s for sure.)

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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.

Welcome bastards to another installment of NerdBastards’ weekly DVD Tuesday feature. We list what came out today and recommend if it’s either a BUY, RENT, or PASS.

We got one major release that features Jack Black (yeah… That movie) on this list for you to see if it’s worth checking out. We also got a few releases that are worth checking out under the Old is New section with one franchise coming out in HD because a certain fighting game is coming out. Lastly, we got a TV Show DVD section that is full of animated titles.

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