Thursday, June 2, 2016

Game Time: You Bet Your Planet (The New Adventures of Captain Planet, 1993)

Had this up once before, but it was taken down due to copyright infringement issues by YouTube. This clip has been available for a while, so proper measures were taken.

Anyway, this episode of The New Adventures of Captain Planet finds the Planeteers on a distant planet where they have to face their eco-enemies in a bizarre parody of Family Feud entitled, "You Bet Your Planet". It doesn't help that the smarmy host (special guest star Casey Kasem) tries flirting with the women on both teams, just like original Feud host Richard Dawson would. I would guess that Dawson might've been approached about this gig, didn't like the script, and passed on what would've been his first gig for Hanna-Barbera in 20 years. Feud announcer Gene Wood returns to cartoons (he composed and sang the theme to The Adventures of Lariat Sam some 30-odd years earlier) to put words in the disembodied mouth that serves as an announcer. Said mouth would later be used to lip-sync B-52's frontman Fred Schneider's lame rap in the final season.

As a certain alien hottie might put it, real spacey.

Rating: B-.

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