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PR:Boomerang to Celebrate Earth Day with "Captain Planet" Marathon

Boomerang to Celebrate Earth Day with 12-Hour Marathon of Groundbreaking Captain Planet and the Planeteers’ Most Topical Episodes

27 Key Episodes Selected by Renown Captain Planet Foundation to Run Saturday, April 21, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

In honor of Earth Day 2007 on April 21, Boomerang, Cartoon Network’s 24-hour network showcasing classic cartoons, will treat audiences to a 12-hour marathon of the most resonant and currently critical episodes of Captain Planet and the Planeteers. The first-ever animated series to deal exclusively with environmental and world ecology themes, Captain Planet and the Planeteers spotlights important issues affecting our planet. Key episodes from six full seasons (1990-1996) will be telecast without commercial interruption from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. The 27 episodes were hand-selected by The Captain Planet Foundation, established in 1990 to educate, empower, invest and involve kids by supporting local hands-on environmental projects for youth.

“We hand picked these episodes because the subject matter of each one deals with current environmental problems,” said KP Hendry, Senior Director of Special Projects for Captain Planet Foundation. “Captain Planet was a visionary and ahead of it’s time. We are all connected; part of one living, breathing organism called Earth. The oceans, the animals and humankind all make up the web of life, and, what each of us does every day matters! We have a responsibility to future generations to pay attention and make changes. Captain Planet’s messaging is needed now more than ever!”

“It’s a privilege to be able to present the very best of Captain Planet and the Planeteers on Earth Day,” said Mark Norman, senior vice president of business operations for Cartoon Network U.S. and Boomerang. “The series became an international hit, with kids around the world adopting its theme, The Power is Yours!, to remind us all that we each have a role in protecting our planet. We’re delighted to offer parents a unique opportunity to celebrate Earth Day by introducing their children to environmentalism, teamwork and Captain Planet.”

Media Magnate and Environmentalist Ted Turner had a brainstorm in the fall of 1988-what better way to teach children the importance of protecting the Earth’s environment than by creating an animated superhero whose mission would be to work with five international teenagers to rid the world of its many dangerous eco-villains? Thus was born the world’s first cartoon series to deal specifically with environmental themes: Captain Planet and the Planeteers, which premiered on TBS and 223 independent stations in syndication on Sept. 10, 1990, teaching children that they, too, could be eco-heroes for Earth. Featuring the participation of many major celebrity voices, Captain Planet and the Planeteers played successfully for five seasons in the U.S., and continued for another sixth season overseas.

The show’s premise begins when Gaia, the spirit of the Earth, awakens from a 100-year nap to discover the devastating effect people have had on the planet’s environment in the 20th century. Fearing for the future, she calls upon five young people from around the world-Kwame (Africa), Wheeler (North America), Linka (then Soviet Union), Gi (Asia) and Ma-Ti (South America)-to lead the battle against further destruction of the Earth. She gives these Planeteers magic rings that enable each of them to control one element of nature: Earth, Fire, Wind, Water and Heart, respectively. When the Planeteers combine their powers, Captain Planet, an environmental superhero, is summoned.

The passion and commitment of Captain Planet and the Planeteers’ creators attracted dozens of top-name celebrities to lend their voice-talents to the series. The cast included Whoopi Goldberg, Meg Ryan, Martin Sheen, Elizabeth Taylor, Sting, Danny Glover, Helen Hunt, Neil Patrick Harris, Louis Gossett, Jr., Malcolm McDowell, Fred Savage, Tim Curry, Dionne Warwick, James Coburn, Jeff Goldblum and Edward Asner.

Episodes to be highlighted in the Earth Day Captain Planet and the Planeteers celebration include the following:

* A Hero for Earth: The pilot episode for the entire series, Gaia, the Spirit of the Earth, looks for five young people to serve as the world’s first Planeteers. They meet one another and find that when they combine their unique special powers, they are able to call upon Captain Planet to help them save the day from eco-villains.

* Two Futures: In this odd “It’s a Wonderful Life” take-off, Wheeler doubts his usefulness as a Planeteer, making him wish he could go back and change things. When Dr. Blight and Hoggish Greedly scheme to use a time pool to dump toxic waste from the present into the unspoiled past, Wheeler sees his chance. He returns to the point in New York where he was chosen by Gaia to have the ring of fire to become an eco-warrior. He stops himself just as he getting the ring. In that instant, time is changed drastically. Without a fifth member, Captain Planet cannot be summoned, and the Planeteers go their separate ways rather than forge ahead as a team.

* Summit to Save Earth: As key world leaders come together under one roof to discuss how to best prevent the growing spread of pollution and ozone damage worldwide, Zarm returns to earth with a plot to snuff out the Planeteers. Calling a meeting of all the eco-warriors greatest foes, Zarm is able to tap into earth’s energies and drain the earth itself of all its resources. Only Gaia stands in his way, but Zarm has a final surprise to ensure she does not become a problem.

* The Energy Vampire: Dr. Blight transforms Duke Nukem into an energy vampire, and he soon begins attacking all of North America’s energy housing facilities. Can Captain Planet pull the plug on Nukem?

* Whoo Gives a Hoot: Responding to a court order, the Planeteers have only days to collect evidence which proves that Looten Plunder is illegally clear-cutting one of our last old-growth forests.

* Twelve Angry Animals: While climbing Mount Everest, the Planeteers are caught in a terrible blizzard and face certain death. Fortunately, they are led by a snow leopard to a fantastic ice cavern where they think they will be safe. But the cavern turns out to be a courtroom, and the Planeteers are put on trial for Humanity’s crimes against their fellow species.

* Never the Twain Shall Meet: The Planeteers head South to meet their pal Milton who plans to show them all he’s doing to preserve the endangered Mississippi River. But Ma-ti doesn’t want a guided tour. He has delusions of experiencing the Mississippi like Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer did in the old days.

Captain Planet and the Planeteers was developed in collaboration with Burbank, CA-based animation studio, DIC Enterprises, which produced the three-time Emmy-nominated series until 1993. Production was then taken over by Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, beginning with the 1994-95 season under the title The New Adventures of Captain Planet.

Boomerang is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s (TBS, Inc.) 24-hour cable/satellite network offering the best in classic animated entertainment. In partnership with Cartoon Network, the service boasts 75 percent unduplicated programming and is available to cable/satellite operators and their customers in Spanish. Boomerang’s official Web site
is located at http://Boomerang.CartoonNetwork.com .

Cartoon Network, currently seen in more than 91 million U.S. homes and 160 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s 24-hour, ad-supported cable service offering the best in original, acquired and classic animated entertainment for kids and families. Overnight from 11 p.m.-6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18-34.

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