It’s safe to say that Ted Turner’s original eco-cartoon Captain Planet was way ahead of its time. If it was released today, it might be criticized as something to take advantage of current awareness, but because it arrived in a decade of relative indifference towards environmentalism, it’s a great reflection of Turner’s green values and willingness to educate others on the topic.
Anyways, we’ve had a lot of fun over the past few months speculating whether or not a live-action version of this cartoon will ever see the light of day. We remain steadfast that something is/was in the works — especially since the information came from Ted Turner himself. Whether or not anything actually ever comes from it is another matter entirely.
But all rumors aside, there are some fun “Did You Know?” Captain Planet facts that we would love to share. First off, and most bizarre, is the fact that Tom Cruise was the original voice of the blue-skinned superhero. In fact, as early as December 1989, Time Magazine lists the Days Of Thunder star as the lead for the “cable-TV cartoon”. Apparently, Cruise pulled out and actor David Coburn then picked up the reins. Perhaps this makes sense, as Cruise reportedly spent $1 million alone in 2006 to fuel his hungry fleet of cars, motorcycles, planes, and other gas-guzzlers.
But that didn’t necessarily faze the producers of the comic book based on the cartoon. They appear to have paid homage to the star’s Top Gun movie by illustrating three pilots chasing a large dragon formed from smog. Their callsigns? Iceman, Maverick, and Goose.
To this day, we have no idea if any vocal record of Tom Cruise as Captain Planet exists.
Did you know there are a bunch of other celebrities that have lent their voices to the show? Click on the images below to take a look at each one and the awesome roles they played.