Only 1,000 fans to go to reach 500,000 fans of Captain Planet on Facebook. That’s incredible! You, the fans of Captain Planet, have made so much possible through your dedication! Without the fans, there’d be no Planeteer Movement!
To celebrate the milestone, the Planeteer Movement held simultaneous pizza parties in multiple global locations this past weekend. The always-astonishing Ghana Planeteers joined in early for a Friday event, and Barbara Pyle and I traveled to California to meet with the Los Angeles Planeteers.
Central to the event was a Twitter Party that I was lucky enough to be able to moderate. I had hosted the Twitter party during the DVD launch party a year ago, and jumped at the chance to get to do it again. We gave out tons of cool prizes as rewards for trivia winners, and I got to interact with hundreds of Planeteers online who posted thousands of messages during the hour. It was really cool to see so many Planeteer Networks chime in from their official Twitter accounts, and the Ian Somerhalder Foundation joined in with us as well!
We held the event at Bruno’s in Santa Monica, right next to the Loew’s Hotel where many a working session for Captain Planet took place back in the ’90s. And organizing the whole thing was Alison Hill of CurrentPR, who I have to say did a fantastic job!
Before the party, Ed Begley, Jr. stopped by to take a little bike ride with Cap. Soon afterwards, the Planeteer Project showed up, followed by Kath Soucie, who voiced Linka on the series! Efren Ramirez, who played Ma-Ti in the recent Don Cheadle spoof, showed up and was very enthusiastic about how he watched the show growing up, and that we are all responsible for taking care of the planet.
Since we’re so close to 500,000 on Facebook, Barbara Pyle announced that she will be giving away a prize pack from her personal collection of Captain Planet goodies. The person to be the 500,000th Planeteer on Facebook will win big! But we’re not planning to stop at 500,000. There are millions of Planeteers out there yet to be connected through the Planeteer Movement – so encourage your friends to join, and start a Network in your area to meet people with similar passions!
Going to California and meeting the LA Planeteers and the stars from the show was a huge source of inspiration. I can’t wait ’til we hit one million to do it all over again – and thank you so much to everyone who made this event happen!
We’ll have more great pictures from the event once we hit the 500K mark. You can read the official press release for the event here, and there’s a great interview with Barbara from after the event here.. Please share! The Power Is Yours!
*The following was written by Marilyn Mosley of Laurel Springs Online Private School, Chair of the Education Committee at the Captain Planet Foundation. Laurel Springs is a premier online school that honors each child’s individual learning style and educational needs. The original article is posted here.
Captain Planet was the first eco-hero. Many young adults remember the Captain Planet cartoons, in which the hero would exclaim, “The Power is Yours!” This educational series, which was co-created by Ted Turner and Barbara Pyle, delivered the message that individuals can be vehicles for positive environmental change. Since the series started, proceeds from the show and generous donations from the community have allowed the Captain Planet Foundation to fund grassroots school and community micro-grants.
I was recently invited to join Captain Planet Foundation’s Board of Directors as a member of its education committee. One of the organization’s cornerstones is funding school and community environmental projects for grades K – 12. Grantees have recycled over 12 tons of waste, developed outdoor classrooms and gardens, organized cleanups, restored acres of polluted land, and turned gas cars into eco vehicles. Since 1991, Laurel Springs has shared a similar commitment through our environmental videos, workshops, online courses, and virtual symposia series. Like the Captain Planet Foundation, our school’s focus has been to develop and support educational programs that enable youth to appreciate and improve the environment through learning experiences that engage them in active, hands-on projects.
On September 15, which was also the twenty-first anniversary of the cartoon series, I was honored to attend my first Captain Planet board meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Laura Turner Seydel has poured her heart and soul into the Foundation and has gathered together a dynamic and dedicated board. As a way of connecting with the team, I read numerous comments on the Captain Planet Facebook site; these messages came from individuals and groups who support the environmental education mission of this organization.
I hope that the legacy of this organization will continue. The current generation of capable young adults has grown up with an awareness of the crucial need to safeguard our environment. With respect for the mission and a strong sense of empowerment, they are forming a new community of leaders. One comment on Facebook read, “We are the next teachers, the next doctors, the next senators, and have lived all our lives with the Captain Planet philosophy.” It is my hope that young adults will to mentor the next generation and encourage them to care for our shared environment.
During my trip home, I reflected upon how grateful I feel to be able to work with such wonderful, committed people who are focused on improving children’s lives. When we teach our students that giving back is an important part of life, we create a new paradigm for a healthy environment.
September 15th, 2010 was declared ‘Captain Planet Day’ one year ago today in honor of the series milestone 20th anniversary. To celebrate this year’s Captain Planet Day, I’ve sifted through series Co-Creator and Exec. Producer Barbara Pyle’s personal archives of the show’s creation and launch, pulling the best celebrity interviews, media coverage, concept art, and launch party footage to share with you on our YouTube Channel and Captain Planet’s Facebook Page. Check out the clip below for a montage of interviews and press coverage, and keep an eye out for a few of the original voiceovers from before the series’ final cast stepped in!
Today also marks the one year anniversary of the Planeteer Movement’s launch, and get ready for this: In the past year, we’ve gained over 200,000 Facebook Fans, had 19 MILLION individual post views, 85,000 pageviews on CaptainPlanet.me, and launched 43 Planeteer Networks worldwide!! You can launch your own or see if there’s one in your area on our Networks Page. 21 Years, and the Power Is still Ours. Incredible.
That’s not all! There’s a ton of original Launch Party footage from 1990, more clips from the Planeteer Movement, and interviews from around the world on our YouTube page to keep you entertained until next Captain Planet Day! What should we do next year?
The past year has been pretty huge for Captain Planet. Last September 15th marked the 20th anniversary of the pilot and the birth of the Planeteer Movement. Earth Week 2011 saw the release of Captain Planet on DVD for the first time ever. And now, the most-asked question regarding Captain Planet has finally been answered: “Will there ever be a Captain Planet movie?”
The answer is yes, as reported by Tuesday’s official press release. According to the release, the film is being produced by Angry Filmworks, the same team behind Michael Bay’s VFX-spectacled ‘Transformers’ trilogy. While Captain Planet’s not known for giant talking robots, it does have a huge mythology to lift from and can definitely make a big bang on the big screen. So with that, I give you my opinions on 5 Ways to Make the Captain Planet Movie Ridiculously Awesome!
1. Include the Planeteers
While it seems like a no-brainer, stranger things have happened in Hollywood. No Planeteers means no Captain Planet. That much of the mythology at least has to stay intact. Some of the show’s most dramatic moments were when a member had quit the team or couldn’t find their ring and therefore Captain Planet couldn’t be called when he was needed most. That’s cinematic gold, and that bit of dramatic tension adds a lot of depth. The Planeteers (as a metaphor for the audience) provide the whole meaning for the catchphrase, “The Power Is Yours!”
2. Don’t spend the whole film on the origin story
It seems to be the natural trend of superhero films to spend most of the first movie telling the hero’s origin and ending with the hero’s first real battle. But Captain Planet’s origin was covered in the first minute of every episode. It was kind of a thing. The movie could very well have an entirely new story (think like the most epic episode of Captain Planet ever) without focusing the entire film around the origin. It probably needs to be touched on, but that could easily be done during the film’s opening title sequence.
3. Let the villains team up
Captain Planet has an incredible rogue’s gallery featuring some of the most recognizable villains from our childhoods. Many modern superhero films focus on each film being about one villain, and are often criticized if the film has multiple villains (I for one, liked, Spider Man 3.) But the nature of most CP episodes was a teamup of various villains. It was kind of interesting how despite working independently, they did occasionally all join forces. I’d personally like to see Looten and Blight in the first film, but there’s been a lot of clamor for Captain Pollution on the Facebook Page.
4. Gaia is a goddess, not a Barbie
Time to get out the Sociology 1101 books. I’ve seen a few suggestions on message boards from people hoping for Gaia to be ‘hotter’ than she is in the show. Captain Planet was about breaking these kinds of trends and not always choosing the highest common denominator. Gaia doesn’t need to be a supermodel, she needs to be the Spirit of the Earth. She’s a powerful female character, and making her ‘hot’ would just be a little too patriarchal.
5. Provide some real-life food for thought
One of the great things about Captain Planet (the series) was that the story complimented the message. It was never too heavy-handed, but had enough substance so that when it’s over, you might remember a bit of what you saw and it might raise your awareness to certain issues. Two hours of film could easily be turned into a disaster movie, but the smart thing to do would be to provide thought-provoking scenarios that cause the viewer to ask, “What would I do in this situation?” The film has a chance not just to inspire children, but people of all ages – and if people can leave with a heightened awareness of their global footprint without seeming cumbersome, it might just be enough to cause a positive change. And that would really be something.
What do you think? Do you like these ideas, or do you have your own? Let us know in the comments!
Cartoon Network Signs with Angry Filmworks to Develop CAPTAIN PLANET
Live-Action Feature Film
Producer of Transformers Film Trilogy Tapped to Create Movie Based on World’s First Eco-Hero
Cartoon Network has signed a development agreement with action-adventure producer Don Murphy and partner Susan Montford and their company Angry Filmworks to develop a live-action motion picture based on the groundbreaking, environment-saving animated hero, Captain Planet and the Planeteers, it was announced today by Stuart Snyder, president and COO of Turner Broadcasting System Inc.’s Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media division (AYAKM). The agreement gives Murphy and his company the exclusive rights to develop and package the property and advance it towards production.
Murphy and Angry Filmworks are most notably credited for the highly successful action-adventure franchise, Transformers (2007), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). Murphy and Montford together produced the upcoming Hugh Jackman blockbuster Real Steel with Executive Producer Steven Spielberg. The company also is responsible for such action-oriented films as Shoot ‘Em Up (2007), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), Apt Pupil (1998) and Natural Born Killers (1994). Angry Filmworks formed n 1998.
“The messages of Captain Planet are even more relevant today,” said Snyder. “We feel this team can bring the world’s first eco-hero to life in a powerful motion picture that is not only pertinent but entertaining.”
“We are extremely excited about bringing the good Captain back to life,” said Murphy. “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.”
“With the earthquakes, tornadoes, melting icebergs and all the other problems threatening the world right now, Earth really needs her greatest defender,” said Montford.
In an effort to inform younger viewers about serious environmental issues, legendary cable entrepreneur Ted Turner partnered with DIC Enterprises in 1990 to create the world’s first animated environmental series, Captain Planet and the Planeteers. The series was about a group of young people who combine their special powers (The Planeteers) to summon Captain Planet, an environmental superhero, to battle the world’s worst eco-villains.
Captain Planet and the Planeteers premiered in fall 1990, airing domestically and internationally in syndication and on cable networks TBS and TNT. Six full seasons of the series were produced in the original run of the series, featuring the voice talents of multiple guest celebrities, including Whoopi Goldberg (Gaia), Meg Ryan (Dr. Blight), Martin Sheen (Sly Sludge), Edward Asner (Hoggish Greedly), James Coburn (Looten Plunder), Dean Stockwell (Duke Nukem) and Sting (Zarm). Winning multiple Environmental Media Awards across its production, Captain Planet and the Planeteers also scored several Daytime Emmy nominations.
Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 99 million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for youth and families. Nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animated and live-action comedy programming for young adults 18-34.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
It’s often easy to overlook small acts as being insignificant in the grand scheme of things. After all, how much damage can one person do with a single piece of trash? Apparently, a lot. These turtles (found on the Creepy Animals blog) found their way into plastic rings as babies and have been deformed ever since. What would have taken just a few seconds to snip into something safe to throw away has affected these animals’ entire lives. They’re living proof that putting forth just a little extra effort is worth the trouble. And with a problem like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, you can bet there’s a great many more of these little plastic rings out there.
It isn’t always immediate to see how our actions affect the planet. But with patience and an optimistic outlook, we can solve problems like these and others that are detrimental to our planet’s ecosystems. What other tips for everyday living do you have that can make a difference? Sound off in the comments below!
Calling all New York Planeteers! The following is a call for volunteers for Figment, an arts event held on Governor’s Island.
‘Join the FIGMENT Leave No Trace (LNT) Team!
Figment, a fun, participatory arts event held annually on Governor’s Island since 2007. One of its guiding principles is Leave No Trace (LNT) or leaving every place better than we found it. This year FIGMENT is partnering with Earth Matter to kick LNT up a notch by composting and recycling.
Sign up online: http://newyork.figmentproject.org/get-involved/volunteer/
Be sure to select “Leave No Trace” Specialist, at the most convenient shift/s for you).
For questions contact Carol.Crump@gmail.com.
I’m searching for several LNT team members for a 2nd team lead, full- and half-day shifts, on Governor’s Island, NY June 10, 11 and 12, doing a combination of the following:
* experience the art and interact with artists and visitors while picking up occasional bits of misplaced trash and escorting them to the appropriate container
* learn about Governor’s Island-specific recycling as well as what items can be composted on Governor’s Island
* assist FIGMENT guests with and and educate them on sorting their disposables into the right container: compost, recycle or landfill
* work with Gov’s Island staff to make sure waste receptacles do not overflow
* ride the trike around the island to pick up compost and chauffeur it to the Earth Matter Compost Education Center
* make the Clean Sweep at the end of each day–leaving no trace that people brought anything but the summer-long art to FIGMENT
It can be a bit hot and dirty. Hopefully that’s the way you like it, but we do provide gloves and have safety rules and a brief training.
Leave No Trace, the the 9th principle of Figment, states,”We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves to leave each place in a better state than we found it.”‘
Captain Planet and the Planeteers’ UNEP World Environment Day MARATHON
Streaming LIVE June 5, 2011, 12PM-12AM EST @ www.captainplanet.me/marathon
Join us for 12 hours of Captain Planet from Noon to Midnight EST as we feature episodes hand-picked by the series’ Executive Producers, archival celebrity interviews and media coverage, and the first public webcast of the Planeteer Movement’s “What’s A Planeteer?” PSA. You might even get a chance to chat with series Exec. Producer Barbara Pyle!
Tell your friends! This is Captain Planet history in the making! You can spread the word by sharing the following blurb on your Facebook, Twitter, or other social networks:
Captain Planet LIVE 12 Hour Web Marathon for UNEP’s World Environment Day! June 5 @ Noon EST. http://www.captainplanet.me/marathon #TPIY
The livestream will be broadcast right here at www.CaptainPlanet.me/marathon!
As Captain Planet says, “The Power Is Yours!”
It is thrilling to see the positive response in regards to the Dhaka iMatter March! What started as a social experiment with Captain Planet’s Facebook Page has turned into an organized campaign for an large-scale event in your city,all within two weeks. Dhaka Planeteers, this is truly incredible and it is a sign of great things to come.
Successful campaigns have also been launched in other countries and the members of those groups have become great friends and have continued their work. The Atlanta Planeteers volunteered at Captain Planet’s 20th Birthday Bash (a fundraiser for the Captain Planet Foundation), an iMatter March, and created a video called ‘What’s a Planeteer?’ to encourage fans of Captain Planet around the world to join forces and make a difference.
The Ghana Planeteers joined with a local recycling firm called Zoomlion to discover positive new ways to address waste buildup in Accra. They have held several other events, including their own iMatter March against climate change!
Please use the Dhaka Planeteers Facebook Group as a tool to combine your powers. Be a leader, and be determined to make a difference in your community! And share your efforts on Captain Planet’s Facebook Page. The Dhaka iMatter March is just a first step in moving towards a sustainable community for Dhaka, and as communities worldwide follow suit, together we can all look forward to making a global change.
The Power Is Yours!
20 years have passed since Captain Planet first began raising awareness for our generation about environmental concerns – many of which were once fantastical and have now come to pass. We learned so much from the stories on the show. An entire generation worldwide was educated on our planet’s condition, and what could be done to improve it. As Cap famously said in each episode, “The Power Is Yours.”
Captain Planet and the Planeteers reached over 2 billion people in its original run. There’s evidence of the show’s broad appeal on the Facebook Page, with 430,000 fans! Would you believe that over 200,000 of those fans are from Australia? As part of a new initiative, Planeteer Networks were launched all around the globe to create a forum for fans of the show to connect and share their events, ideas, and resources.
Seven networks are in Australia! You can join through the ‘Networks’ tab above, or by following the links to Adelaide, Brisbane, Chatswood, Melbourne, Perth, Sunbury, and Sydney. Please feel free to say hello, add your friends, and promote your local eco-events! These are all brand new Networks that could use your help! Joining your local Network is a great way to make new friends and face the challenges that lie in our future.
Coming up soon is ‘Say Yes Australia’ week, in which traditional ideas are challenged for the proposed idea of a carbon tax. This could cut down on carbon emissions and create more opportunity for renewable energy. Major cities in Australia are hosting rallies, and you can find the schedule here. A great idea would be to make and wear a Planeteer shirt and meet your fellow Network members at the rally!
We are rapidly approaching our planet’s capacity for resource use, and our generation is the only one with the host of ecological knowledge provided by Captain Planet and the Planeteers. Let’s combine our powers and make a difference in our planet’s future! Join your local Planeteer Network and start planning for your Say Yes Australia Rally today! The Power Is Yours!