Yesterday, I posted about Amazon's pre-order listing for Captain Planet and the Planeteers - Season 1, as discovered by website tvshowsondvd.com. Today, it was confirmed by Shout! Factory that “the world’s first environmentally-conscious superhero” is coming to DVD on April 19.
This is one of the rare retro television series that's not only of interest to those who grew up with it, but today's kids and educators. The series can really take on a whole new life with this release. Each episode follows the Planeteers on a quest to stop a problem like garbage dumping or rainforest destruction, using the powers of nature, as given to them by Gaia, spirit of Earth. When things get out of hand, they use their rings to summon Captain Planet himself.
In association with Cartoon Network Enterprises, the set is indeed to be offered for US$29.93 list, or $20.99 on Amazon.com. No price yet on Amazon.ca. The 4-disc set includes 600 minutes. The packaging? Environmentally-friendly, of course. In promotion of the release, there will supposedly be a variety of activities and events for fans.
The first season includes a regular voice cast with David Coburn, Academy Award-winner James Coburn, LeVar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Geneation), Joey Dedio (various cartoons including Cartoon All Stars to the Rescue), Academy Award-winner and Mark Twain Prize-winner Whoopi Goldberg, Janice Kawaye (the lead in My Life as a Teenage Robot), Scott Menville (later Shaggy on Shaggy & Scooby-Doo: Get a Clue!), and Frank Welker (the voice of Scooby Doo since 2003, and Oswald in video game Epic Mickey).
Guests include Meg Ryan, Martin Sheen, Kath Soucie, Dean Stockwell, Ed Asner, John Ratzenberger, Jeff Goldblum, Tim Curry, Lou Gossett Jr., Phyllis Diller, Canadian Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman, and Sting. (The next five seasons include stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Ted Turner, Vanna White, Lou Rawls, and Margot Kidder, and a ground-breaking episode about AIDS, “A Formula for Hate”.)
While various episodes were released on VHS in the 1990s, the only DVD release before now was a four-episode set available through the Captain Planet Foundation. That disc seems to have sold out, and is no longer available.