The Sceptic Tank goes misty eyed at news eco nostalgia-fest Captain Planet is on his way to the big screen
To quote the Tank's favourite frog, it's not easy being green. Fortunately for the downtrodden environmentalist, there are those inspiring role models who make being green seem the easiest option - Zac Goldsmith, Al Gore, the sweetcorn-flogging jolly green giant. Heroes all, really.
So, you can imagine how pleased we were to hear the best of them all, Captain Planet, is soon to return to our screens in a live action movie!
For those of you unaware of Cartoon Network's finest eco-warrior, Captain Planet first aired in 1990 with the catchy, "Captain Planet, he's a hero. Gonna take pollution down to zero" theme tune.
You will of course recall that the good captain was backed by a team of five Planeteers sporting rings representing Earth, Fire, Wind, Water, and, erm, Heart. From the Tank's admittedly sketchy memory of the series, we're pretty sure around half of the episodes were spent consoling the understandably glum guy who had picked the Heart ring and assuring him that his 'powers' were a vital part of the whole operation, before sniggering behind their hands.
Anyway, Hollywood Royalty is out in force with producers Don Murphy and Susan Montford, fresh from overseeing testosterone-fest Transformers: Dark of the Moon, on board for a "spectacular series of films".
Of course, the climate debate has moved on since the early 1990s, so CP, as we like to call him, will have to address not just pollution, but a range of extreme weather events. Heck, he'll probably come up with a successor to the Kyoto Protocol while he's at it.
"With the earthquakes, tornadoes, melting icebergs and all the other problems threatening the world right now, Earth really needs her greatest defender," said Montford.
Whether they'll rope in the frankly dizzying array of guest stars that populated the series, including Whoopi Goldberg, Meg Ryan, Martin Sheen, and Sting is, as yet, unknown.
Still, we've already got the creative juices flowing and you can rest assured an episode where our blue-skinned hero takes on his new nemesis Eric Pickles is already winging its way to the production company.
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