Captain Planet Teaches Kids Population Control
Captain Planet And The Planeteers was a perfect cartoon distillation of '90s eco-consciousness, exposing kids to a broad "Save the planet!" message back in the golden era of big companies methodically passing the blame for wrecking the planet onto individuals. But while the titular green-flattop-mullet-having hero's anti-pollution messages tended not to bother kids whose parents weren't Exxon board members, one episode's message veered into dystopian insanity.
In "Population Bomb," Cap saves people from a crumbling city, which leads the Planeteers to decide that overpopulation, and not any sort of malevolent corporate middle-fingering, is what's causing society to collapse. At one point, Planeteer Gi even says, "governments recommend having two kids, tops, to solve this issue." Wheeler gets upset about the idea of someone limiting how many kids he can have, but changes his tune after he visits ... a city of advanced mice that has descended into an over-forested polluted fascist dictatorship, which uses a tsunami-creating superweapon on its own people, who are revolting over taxes.
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