Commentary: Captain Planet returns! A new venture in fundraising for the eco-hero.

Author:Belli, Brita
Position:COMMENTARY - Captain Planet Foundation

Captain Planet is back. He was last seen in the mid-nineties battling eco-crooks on his own cartoon TV series, sporting a green mullet and sky-blue skin. Formed of the powers of five "Planeteers," the earnest superhero set out to right the planet's wrongs battling villains like the radioactive Duke Nukem and toxic waste polluter Sly Sludge. But maybe it was all a little too earnest for the public at large, as kid's tastes turned to more fast-action, graphic affair and away from not-so-thinly-veiled educational messages.


That hasn't dissuaded Ted Turner any. At the fundraising party for his Captain Planet Foundation last Thursday, held at Producing Director Anthony Pratt's penthouse atop New York City's Sherry-Netherland hotel, a costumed Captain Planet worked the room, flexing his muscles and posing with cocktail-sipping guests.

The media mogul addressed the room to talk about the foundation and the show, with a few barbs directed at Time Warner. "Tell them they own the Captain Planet series," Turner said with his signature drawl "and when they phased me out they put some violent Japanese thing instead ... If they put [Captain Planet] on in a good time period, it would still be doing good." Wearing a light grey suit, a neat mustache adorning his upper lip, Turner stood before one of many plate glass windows offering a panoramic view of the city's skyscrapers at sunset.


Servers passed trays of tiny grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken satay and mini versions of Mr. Turner's famed bison burgers (he's got a restaurant chain called Ted's Montana Grill), decorated with little toothpick American flags. The man is the largest individual landowner in North America, with some 15 ranches, over which roams the largest bison herd in the world. In addition to running a media...

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