Designing a World Where Environmentalists Win
Posted: February 29
By Sarah Stankorb
If you’re a millennial, you can probably fill in the rest. While the green-mulleted eco-hero didn’t actually bring “pollution down to zero” as the show’s theme goes on to assert, did introduce a generation to the profound threats of global warming, deforestation, nuclear war, and even the scourge of land mines and puppy mills. And it made all those horrors fun! The show attracted a standout celebrity voice cast before the era of Pixar cool (and Pixar budgets), boasting a roster that reads like a who’s who of ’90s Hollywood: LeVar Burton, Whoopi Goldberg, Jeff Goldblum, Meg Ryan, Tim Curry, Martin Sheen, Ed Asner, Sting. It was part cartoon, part edutainment, and may have been the best example of progressive kids’ propaganda ever to grace TV screens worldwide.
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