[In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Captain Planet cartoon today, we’re linking some of our earlier stories on the blue-skinned hero.]
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.