If you grew up in Africa in the 90’s, you know one of the most popular cartoon series’ back then was Captain Planet and no one wanted to miss it including adults.
It was about 5 teens given rings which gave them powers to control elements on earth by Gaia, the spirit of the planet.
The teens who come from all parts of the world could control earth, water, wind, fire and heart and when their five powers combine, it brings forth Captain Planet who appears to destroy any enemy of the environment.
Even if you didn’t know about this cartoon series, you may have probably heard about it from your older sibling but the question is, do you know the voices behind the characters? We doubt.
Just in case you’ve always wanted to know who voiced Gaia, Captain Planet, Kwame, Wheeler, Linka, Gi, Ma-ti and all the other characters in the popular cartoon series, then here they are.
1. Captain Planet – David Coburn.
Captain Planet is the title character of the cartoon series who is summoned by Planeteers when they combine the powers from their individual rings. The voice behind the character was played by David Coburn, an American actor, voice actor, and singer.
2. Gaia- Whoopi Goldberg.
Gaia is the spirit of the planet who was disturbed by an environmental villain who tried destroying her home and she conjured rings which found the Planeteers to fight the destruction of the earth. This interesting character was played by Whoopi Goldberg. It was later handed over to Margot Kidder.
3. Kwame – Levar Burton.
Kwame is the character who hails from Ghana and possesses the power to control earth and has a soft spot for plant life. He acts as a mentor to Ma-ti and leader of the group. The character was played by Levar Burton, an American actor, presenter, director and author.
4. Wheeler – Joey Dedio.
Wheeler is the planeteer who controls the power of fire and hails from America. He was the third planeteer to be summoned and the character was played by Joey Dedio, an American actor, producer, and screenwriter of Puerto Rican and Italian descent.
5. Linka – Kath Soucie.
Linka is the planeteer from the Soviet Union who controls wind with her powers and the voice behind the character is Kath Soucie, an American voice actress best known for her roles as Lola Bunny in Space Jam, Fifi La Fume in Tiny Toon Adventures, and Phil, Lil, and Mrs. DeVille in Rugrats.
6. Gi – Janice Kawaye.
Gi is the planeteer who controls the power of water and hails from Asia. The character was voiced by Janice Kawaye, an American voice actress known for her roles as Ami in the cartoon Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi which aired on Cartoon Network in the mid-2000s.
7. Ma-Ti – Scott Mensville.
Ma-ti is the youngest of the team but has the power to control the heart and the last to complete the cycle in bringing forth Captain Planet. The feeble and innocent character was played by Scott Mensville, an American actor, voice actor and musician. He is best known for his voice work in animated films and television series’.
8. Commander Clash – Louis Gossett Jr.
Commander Clash is that military character who was stuck on an Island. He gave the planeteers trouble but later became their friend and helped them solve a lot of challenges. The character was played by Louis Gossett Jr. an American actor. He is best known for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman, and his role as Fiddler in the 1977 ABC television mini-series Roots.
9. Dr. Blight.
Dr. Blight is the character that plays the role of the mad scientist who loves unethical science experiments and uncontrolled technology. She is the woman with a half-scarred face who uses part of her hair to cover it up. The tricky character who always comes up with a lot of problems for captain planet and the planeteers was voiced by Meg Ryan and it was later passed on to Mary Kay Bergman.
10. Hoggish Greedly – Ed Asner.
A pig-like human who represents the dangers of overconsumption and greed. Hoggish is the first villain Captain Planet and the Planeteers encountered. The greedy villain was voiced by Ed Asner an American actor, voice actor and a former president of the Screen Actors Guild.