I used to watch this show a lot as a kid, more for the entertainment rather than the educational value. However, the other day I came upon Ted Turner's site:
And I realized how ambitious this cartoon was. I can't remember how developed the characters and story were, but using the cartoon as an effective medium for education, for promoting a powerful message, is amazing. In addition to environmentalism, it also touched on other issues such as cultural diversity, nonviolence, self-empowerment and collective change. Although the show was actually kind of cheesy, its determined exposure of these issues is definitely worthy of respect. My hat's off to Mr. Turner.