Boomerang to Celebrate Earth Day With <i>Captain Planet</i> Marathon

Back when green was just the color of money and jealousy, not a capitalized movement toward environmental protection, Captain Planet was spreading the word about pollution, recycling and keeping the world nice for future generations. So, it stands to reason that Boomerang, the retro branch of Cartoon Network, will turn Earth Day over to the Captain and his pals the Planeteers.

Kicking off April 22 at 6 a.m. ET/PT, Boomerang will show 28 episodes of Captain Planet and the Planeteers that were selected by the fan group The Captain Planet Foundation. First up will be the pilot episode titled "A Hero for Earth." The series, which aired from 1993 to 1996, followed the environmentally themed adventures of a quintet of teenagers from around the world who each had a ring that controlled earth, fire, water, wind and heart. When their powers combined, they formed Captain Planet, much like the Jack Kirby-created Forever People and their hero Infinity-Man.

If the 28-episode marathon isn't enough Captain Planet goodness for you, Boomerang has added the series to its regular rotation, airing Monday through Saturday at 6 a.m.

(via MTV Splash Page)

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