“Our children can inherit a legacy of wastefulness, or an action plan that can save our planet. That is why we created Captain Planet and the Planeteers.”
“We need a super hero for the Earth. Let’s call him Captain Planet,” exclaims Ted Turner. The animated television series Captain Planet and the Planeteers is conceived by Ted Turner and Barbara Pyle together. This historic and award-winning program is developed and produced by Barbara Pyle and her team, Nick Boxer and Thom Beers, in partnership with DIC Enterprises.
Captain Planet and the Planeteers launches to worldwide acclaim. The 113-episode series rockets to the top of the charts as the world’s first ever edutainment ‘eco-toon.’ Syndicated in over 220 U.S. markets and in over 100 countries worldwide, it consistently ranks No. 1 in Nielsen ratings.
The Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) is born when series Producer Barbara Pyle negotiates a percentage of the show’s merchandising revenue to empower young people, putting Captain Planet’s message of environmental stewardship and teamwork into practice. Schools and organizations around the world present their environmental projects to the Foundation and receive seed money to grow their ideas. The CPF receives hundreds of proposals yearly and enables young people to become Planeteers themselves by raising environmental awareness and creating a positive impact in their communities and their own lives.
After six years of inspiring eco-adventures, Captain Planet and the Planeteers airs its final season. Throughout its original run, the series received multiple Emmy Nominations, Environmental Media Awards, Parents’ Choice, and Genesis Awards, proving that education doesn’t have to come at the expense of entertainment. Captain Planet and the Planeteers’ legacy continues today in a worldwide movement of youth whose lives were inspired by its message.
In the face of a challenging merger with AOL, Time Warner decides to shut down the Captain Planet Foundation. Two of Atlanta’s most dedicated environmental activists, Laura Seydel, the daughter of Ted Turner, and her husband Rutherford were so impassioned by the grassroots efforts of the Foundation to educate and empower youth that they saved the day by working with Time Warner to orchestrate the transition of the corporate foundation to a public charity. This same year, CPF adopts what had become a six-year, Atlanta holiday fundraising tradition, the X-MAS Party, as its annual fundraiser.
CPF launches its inaugural Down to Earth Day Kids Fest. In its first year, it brings together over 500 youth and their families to celebrate Earth Day by sampling some of the amazing activities that local environmental education partners have to offer the Atlanta community.
CPF acquires the rights to exhibit previous episodes of Captain Planet and the Planeteers online and on-air, allowing this valuable resource to reach out and educate the children of today!