‘Captain Planet’ returns to duty for Earth Day viewing marathon

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It’s Earth Day 2010.

On this 40th anniversary of the eco-centric celebration, you could perform a few zillion acts, both big and small to make a difference for Mother Earth.

You could finally break down and buy those recyclable grocery bags or eliminate your plastic water bottle waste, plant a garden or a rain forrest or lobby Washington for cleaner air.

However, if your idea of reducing your carbon footprint is to increase the indentation in your couch, there’s an activity for you as well.

Thanks to Atlanta-based Boomerang cartoon TV network, you can catch a 12-hour marathon of the Ted Turner-created toon “Captain Planet and the Planeteers” beginning at 8 a.m. and running until 8 p.m. today.

In an email to Intel from Captain Planet Foundation chairman Laura Turner Seydel, we’ve learned that many of the episodes selected for the marathon have been hand-picked by the show’s original producers Barbara Pyle and Nick Boxer.

For the kids who grew up with the Earth advocating green-haired superhero 20 years ago, it’s a chance to pass the entertaining conservation cartoon down to their children.

The adults, however, may want to keep an ear out for the famous voices who played many of the characters on the six-year series, including Whoopi Goldberg, LeVar Burton, Meg Ryan, Martin Sheen, Sting, Jeff Goldblum, Louis Gossett, Jr. Margot Kidder and Tim Curry.

Perhaps our favorite famous celeb voice on “Captain Planet?”

None other than Ed Asner, who so memorably played the diabolical Hoggish Greedly on the toon for 16 episodes.

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