Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie is a movie based on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the first series in the Power Rangers franchise. It featured the characters and actors from the series itself and was loosely based on Ninja Sentai Kakuranger (only the Rangers' Zords were based on the Chō Ninjū of Kakuranger, no other storyline elements were used in the movie). It was produced by 20th Century Fox in summer of 1995.
After the Rangers participate in a charity skydive, a giant egg in Angel Grove is unearthed. Lord Zedd (Mark Ginther) and Rita Repulsa (Julia Cortez) investigated the egg, and released the creature inside, Ivan Ooze (Paul Freeman). Zordon (Nicholas Bell) had trapped him inside the egg thousands of years ago, and then he left to seek revenge on Zordon. He disguises himself as a carnival wizard and sells jars of purple ooze to children. Fred, the Rangers' young friend, buys a jar, and brings it home. Later on, his father finds the jar and inspects the ooze. When he pulls some out, mysterious charges of electricity go through him, putting him under the control of Ivan Ooze along with all of the other parents of Angel Grove.
When the Power Rangers are sent to fight Ivan's Ooze Men, the Command Center is left defenseless, allowing Ivan Ooze to destroy it, almost killing Zordon and weakening and slightly diswiring Alpha 5 in the process. Due to the destruction, the Power Rangers lose their powers, and they must go on a quest to find new Ninjetti powers on the distant planet of Phaedos. When Ivan sends his Tengu Warriors after the Rangers, they are assisted by Dulcea (Gabrielle Fitzpatrick), who bestows upon the Rangers new Ninja powers based on the six Ninja animals: the Falcon, the Ape, the Bear, the Wolf, the Crane, and the Frog (much to Adam's dismay). Dulcea directs the Rangers to find the Ninjetti Temple to find the Great Power. On their way, they must battle a living dinosaur skeleton and at the temple four living statues. When the statues are finally destroyed, the Great Power is bestowed upon them and they become the Power Rangers once more.
When the Rangers return to Earth, they find it under attack by Ivan's Ectomorphicon Titans, and they call upon their new Ninjazords to battle the Titans. They destroy Scorpitron, and then form the Ninja Megazord to battle Hornitor. During this time, the children of Angel Grove realize that Ivan plans on killing all of their parents. A young boy who befriended the Rangers named Fred Kelman leads them to the construction site where Ivan directed the adults to fall into a massive hole. When Ivan fuses with Hornitor, the Rangers form the Ninja Mega Falconzord to try and destroy him, eventually using a comet that was to pass the Earth to destroy him. Upon his destruction, the parents of Angel Grove snap out of his spell and embrace their children.
This film earned a respectable $66,433,194 worldwide. Many critics, however blasted the film. Roger Ebert listed Power Rangers as one of the ten worst films of 1995. At one point, Power Rangers: The Movie was listed as one of IMDb's worst 100 films of all time, but, now it has climbed to a still low 3 rating on the website. These rating and critics have not in the past nor do they presently represent what fans of the Power Rangers felt or feel about the film.
The movie had come to DVD in 2003, but is not technically a Special Edition. It has also recently aired a few times, fully restored with sharper picture and clearer sound, on the ABC Family channel, which therefore has sparked rumors of the creation of a Special Edition DVD.
This movie takes place in an alternate timeline from the Power Rangers television show (similar to a fanfiction AU), as numerous differences appear between the two; this is due to the fact that, unlike the television show it is based on, Power Rangers:The Movie was an entirely American-made production, and was treated to a more Western type of storytelling.
* The story of how the Rangers received their Ninja powers and the Ninjazords is told in an entirely different way as opposed to the four-part episode Ninja Quest.
* Alpha 5 looks quite different to on the show, but Richard Steven Horvitz still provides his voice.
* The Command Center and Zedd's Palace sets are much more detailed. The command center has lights built into the walls that dim and brighten, as well as a "rotating" light in the floor. The neon columns are also designed differently too, giving the Command Center a more futuristic appearance than on the show.
* The Rangers' suits are made of PVC and metal plating rather than the standard spandex, and several Rangers have features in their helmets that never appeared in the series (a mountable scope on Rocky's helmet, and headlights built into Aisha's). The helmets also appear heavier and bulkier.
* The Rangers' suits also feature emblems in the center of the white diamond on the chest with a picture of their respective prehistoric animals early on, and later, their Ninja animals. Although these emblems were not part of the Zyuranger outfits used in the show (and were not added even after the movie was released), they appeared in early promotional art and the Power Rangers merchandise during its early years. In a leaked early draft of the script, the emblems DID have a use (albeit, only for their Ninjetti costumes); on the backs of the emblems were mirrors that the Rangers had to use to solve a puzzle connected to the Great Power that would eventually give them their new Ranger powers and Zords.
* There are two weapons from the movie that don't appear in the series: Kimberly's "Pterodactyl Thunder Whip", and Billy's "Stega Stinger" .
* The character of Dulcea never appears in the show, or even referenced.
* The city of Angel Grove looks significantly different from how it appeared in the show. This is a result of the show's being shot in Los Angeles, while the movie was shot in Sydney, Australia.
* The new character of Mordant is treated as if it had always been among the "Evil Space Aliens," and Squatt and Baboo are nowhere to be seen, and neither were Finster and Scorpina (Mordant's presence was explained in a scene cut from the final draft of the script).
* The face of the Ninja Megazord looks different from its Kakuranger counterpart, Kakure Dai Shougun. Even the seating is somewhat changed. For example, Pink Ranger sits lower-down, front-and-center, Blue Ranger sits to the left of her, and Red Ranger sits to her right.
* According to Paul Freeman, who played Ivan Ooze, the movie was originally going to be done in the style of the TV shows before the producers wisely changed their minds and decided to put more resources into the production.
* Originally, the Ranger helmets lacked the black visors. They were added back in when the action scenes were re-shot.
* Episodes of the TV show were shot at the same time as the movie, notably in The Wedding, where the rangers went on vacation to Australia.
* In the park scene where Ivan Ooze begins to peddle his slime to children, there is a boy in blue with bowl-cut hair who looks remarkably like Justin, a character introduced two years later. It is, of course, not the same actor.
* The Rangers morphed in a different order than the tv show's morphing sequence.
* Tommy used the morphing call "WHITE TIGER!" in the movie, instead of "TIGERZORD!"
* The movie was the first time the Rangers used something other than their own weapons (in this case, a comet) to destroy a villain.
* The movie also has the dubious distinction of adding crude humor (like the various snot jokes regarding Ooze and his minions, or the occasional 'low blow' visual humor done on Rocky and eventually Ooze himself).
* Zordon appears to be gray, unlike from the TV series in which he is blue.
* Even after the Rangers have claimed the Great Power, their Power Suits retain the likenesses of the Prehistorically-oriented animals (i.e., the "Triceratops" helmet shape as opposed to the changed "Wolf" Power sign).
* At the Great Temple, when the Ninjetti spirits fly around the Rangers, the spirits for Billy and Adam (the wolf and frog), fly around their opposite Ranger.
* Catherine Sutherland auditioned for the part of Dulcea, but was turned down because the producers thought she was too young for the part. She would later take on the role of the Pink Ranger when Amy Jo Johnson left the series.
* Johnny Yong Bosch did all of his own stunts himself, including the morphed fight scenes. His stuntman was injured at the time, and he gratefully accepted their offer to replace him.
* Amy Jo Johnson commented that the Ranger suits looked more powerful and that the movie itself was "kind of a mix between The Wizard of Oz and Star Wars."
* Though not canon, the movie is the first time Zordon's home planet of Eltar was mentioned.
* Various video games were created for the Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Game Boy, and Sega Game Gear.
o The Sega Genesis version had three levels dedicated to the movie battles against Ivan Ooze, the Scorpitron, Hornitron, and the Ooze Men. The other four levels were dedicated to memorable Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 2 episodes, such as Tommy getting his White Ranger power, and the recruitment of Rocky, Adam, and Aisha.
o The Sega Game Gear version had three levels dedicated to Season 2 of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers while the other four levels were dedicated to the movie-based battles.
* Walter Emmanuel Jones, Thuy Trang, and Austin St. John were set to star in the movie, but plans fell through because of their contract dispute with the show.
* The Ninja Megazord's Power Sword resembles the Fire Sword used by the Shogun Megazord in the series.
* Kimberly's comment, "Nice stereo", when the Rangers enter their new Zords, is reminiscent of the first thing she said upon entering her original Dinozord, in the first episode of the series.
* When aired on certain television stations, the movie no longer retains it's original title, "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie". It has since been reduced to "Power Rangers: The Movie". This reduced title can also be seen on the DVD of the movie.
* When actress Gabrielle FItzpatrick (Dulcea) fell ill, she was replaced for several weeks by Mariska Hargitay. But when the crew felt Hargitay was not right for the part, she was fired. By this time, Fitzpatrick was well, so she resumed the role. The footage of Mariska Hargitay as Dulcea has not been released.