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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie is a 1995 American superhero film produced by Saban Entertainment and released by 20th Century Fox. The story is an alternate re-telling of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers television series as the Power Rangers defend Angel Grove from the vengeful Ivan Ooze.

Synopsis

When an egg in Angel Grove is unearthed, Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa release the creature inside, Ivan OozeZordon trapped him inside thousands of years ago, so Ivan leaves to seek revenge. Ivan destroys the interior of the Command Center, almost killing Zordon, weakening and slightly fraying Alpha 5, and causing the Power Rangers to lose their powers. The Power Rangers must go on a quest to find new Ninja powers on Phaedos, granted to them by Dulcea

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Plot

As the film begins, Angel Grove is holding a charity carnival to save the local observatory in time for the arrival of Ryan's Comet, which is set to pass by Earth in three days. Among the events is a skydiving competition, which Rocky, Adam, Billy, Aisha, Kimberly, Tommy (the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), and Bulk and Skull are in. Though the Rangers' performances and landings impress the crowds and their young friend Fred Kelman, Bulk and Skull miss the landing field entirely and end up parachuting down into a construction site. As they leave, the crew stumbles upon a strange chamber containing a giant egg.

While rollerblading to Ernie's, the Rangers are summoned to the Command Center by their mentor Zordon and his robotic aide Alpha 5. Zordon tells them the tale of Ivan Ooze, an intergalactic tyrant that he and a team of warriors trapped inside a Hyperlock Chamber six thousand years ago, and which the construction crew has just discovered. Fearing for Ivan's return, Zordon tells the Rangers to head to the chamber and rebury it before the arrival of an enemy beyond all imagination.

As night falls on the city, the construction site stirs with life as Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa appear to release Ivan Ooze from his captivity and direct his vengeance towards Zordon. When the Rangers arrive, Ivan summons his own personal minions to fight them while he teleports to the Command Center and proceeds to destroy it. By the time the Rangers finish off the Oozemen, their powers vanish.

Returning to the Command Center, the Rangers witness the destruction left by Ivan and rush to Zordon's side. With his time-warp shattered, Zordon is rapidly aging and dying. The Rangers seek a way to save their mentor, and so Alpha tells them of a great power on the distant planet Phaedos that could save Zordon, but not without great risk. Using the last of the Command Center's power, the Rangers are teleported to Phaedos.

Up on the moon, Ivan Ooze returns to Lord Zedd's palace and is angered by Rita for not destroying the Rangers. Annoyed at their incompetence, Ivan turns on Zedd and Rita by trapping them in a snowglobe, then gives their minions Goldar and Mordant the choice to either swear allegiance to him or be trapped with Rita and Zedd. To save their own hides, they agree to serve him. Ivan then creates an army of Tengu Warriors to find the Rangers on Phaedos and destroy them.

On Phaedos, the Rangers are attacked by the Tengu and are nearly killed, until a female warrior appears and drives them off. She orders the Rangers to leave with their lives while they can. When she is told of Ivan Ooze's escape and his attack on Zordon, she introduces herself as Dulcea, Master Warrior of Phaedos, and agrees to help the Rangers find the great power.

In Angel Grove, Ivan establishes an abandoned factory as his personal lair and begins his plan to rebuild a pair of weapons Zordon had buried long ago, the Ectomorphicon Titans, but he needs added manpower to dig them out. Disguising himself as a wizard, Ivan infiltrates the charity carnival and gives out free jars of ooze to the children. Though the kids and teenagers only see it as a fun novelty, the ooze hypnotizes adults on skin contact and turns them into Ivan's zombie-like slave laborers. When the Tengu return and report their failure and Dulcea's involvement to Ivan, he responds by blowing them up and ordering the adults to finish the excavation by dusk. When Fred's own father goes missing after coming into contact with a jar of ooze, Fred sets out to find him and discovers Ivan at the construction site. From his hiding place, he is able to learn of Ivan's true plans.

As they stand around the campfire, Dulcea teaches the Rangers about Ninjetti, the Great Power that makes all things possible, and the hidden temple where it resides. She cannot travel with them to seek it because she would age and perish like Zordon currently is, so Dulcea instead gives the Rangers new powers based on the six Ninjetti animals: the red Ape, the black Frog, the blue Wolf, the yellow Bear, the pink Crane, and the white Falcon. On their way, they must battle a living dinosaur skeleton and contend with the four Gatekeepers of the temple before the Great Power is bestowed upon them, allowing them to morph into the Power Rangers again and return to Earth.

Back on Earth, the Ectomorphicon Titans are fully rebuilt. After commanding the adults to go leap to their doom at the construction site, Ivan brings his creations to life and orders them to destroy Angel Grove as he and Goldar watch from the observatory. Fred, having followed Ivan, runs to Ernie's and rallies the other kids and Bulk and Skull to help him rescue the adults, and they all take the Monorail to the construction site.

When the Rangers return to Earth, they call upon their new Ninjazords to battle the Titans. They destroy the first of the Titans, Scorpitron, and corner its partner Hornitor. Angry, Ivan fuses with Hornitor to increase its power, takes the observatory out of the ground to use as a lance, and destroys the monorail track as he marches forward to battle. The Rangers form the Ninja Megazord to try and destroy him, while Tommy is briefly forced to protect the kids by helping the monorail avoid falling off the broken track. He soon rejoins the battle to form the Ninja MegaFalconzord. At the construction site, Fred orders the kids to put all their strength in holding back the hypnotized adults from jumping, while Bulk and Skull help him use a cherry picker with a fire hose to push them back further.

Now flight-capable, the Rangers lure Ivan off of Earth and into space, where they intend to lure him into the path of Ryan's Comet. Ivan proves hard to shake off and the Rangers are unable to break free from his grip as the comet draws near, but the Rangers throw Ivan off their Megazord with a knee to his groin (courtesy of Aisha) and quickly leave as Ivan crashes into the comet. With Ivan's death, the adults are also freed from his hypnosis and reunited with their children.

The Rangers return to the Command Center, only to be told by Alpha that Zordon has already died. The Rangers mourn his loss, until Tommy reminds them that anything is possible with the Great Power. The Rangers form a circle around him and infuse him with the energy of their new powers. As a result, Zordon is successfully revived and restored to his time warp, while the Command Center is also repaired and returned to its former glory as if nothing happened. The Rangers and Zordon are very happy to see that each other is all right.

The movie ends with a celebration for the Power Rangers at Angel Grove Harbor. As the Rangers enjoy a much-deserved victory party and fireworks, they take time to thank Fred for his role in saving the parents and comment that he could make a great Ranger himself one day, which Fred looks forward to. When a message thanking the Power Rangers is lit, Bulk and Skull are offended, even though the two of them just had a major part in saving people's lives.

In a mid-credits scene, back on the moon Goldar has taken the throne and proclaimed himself to be the new ruler of the universe. However his reign is short-lived as Zedd and Rita return, making both Goldar and Mordant realize they're in a lot of trouble.

Characters

Rangers

Main article: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (movie team)

The armored Power Rangers

Color Role Actor
White Ranger Tommy Oliver Jason David Frank
Red Ranger Rocky DeSantos Steve Cardenas
Black Ranger Adam Park Johnny Yong Bosch
Blue Ranger Billy Cranston David Yost
Yellow Ranger Aisha Campbell Karan Ashley
Pink Ranger Kimberly Hart Amy Jo Johnson

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Cast

Notes

Continuity

This movie takes place in an alternate timeline than the Power Rangers television show, as numerous differences appear between the two.

  • Due to having a larger budget, the visual effects and graphics present in the movie are higher quality although the CGI has aged very poorly.
  • The Temple of the Great Power set was the largest set constructed for the movie. The set, which included a functional waterfall, pool and the huge door that reveals the Great Power pyramid, took up an entire sound stage at the Warner Roadshow Movie World Studios on the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia.
  • The set for the ancient ruins of the Ninjetti Temple, also referred to as Dulcea's Palace, was built eight feet off the ground and was so large that it took up the combined space of both the Command Center set and the set of Lord Zedd's palace.
  • Several of the sets, including Lord Zedd's throne room (a.k.a. the Chamber of Command) and Dulcea's Palace, were made up of aluminum foil over constructed wood frames.
  • At the end of the film Fred says that if becoming a Ranger he would be a Silver Ranger and later prefers to be a Gold Ranger. These two colors were later introduced in both; Power Rangers and Super Sentai with the Zeo Gold Ranger and the Space Silver Ranger being the first using them in Power Rangers while MegaSilver and DekaGold in Super Sentai. These two colors are frequently used by Sixth Rangers.
  • Some international prints, television airings (such as on HBO, ABC Family and related channels) and DVD releases omit the words "Mighty Morphin" from the film's logo, rendering the title as simply Power Rangers: The Movie. It was shown on Fox Kids between 1998 and 1999 once.
  • The TV shows are known for using the action scenes from the Super Sentai series in Japan, but Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie was the first Power Rangers feature to use 100% new and original material.
  • The TV show characters Caplan and Appleby do not appear in the movie, nor are they alluded to at any point. However, Angel Grove High School (their place of employment) is mentioned during the skydiving event.
  • The Rangers' suits are made of PVC and metal plating rather than the standard spandex, and some Rangers have features in their helmets that never appeared in the series (a mountable scope on Rocky's helmet, headlights built into Aisha's). The helmets also appear heavier and bulkier.
    • Also, Kimberly's suit has no skirt, unlike on TV. This may have been because a metal-PVC skirt would have been unwieldly and difficult to maneuver in, and a skirt made of a more flexible material may have aesthetically conflicted with the rest of the suit.
    • The core 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 Zyurangers' 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.
  • 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 Viewing Globe is also in a different position in the Center, and serves as both a television and videophone system.
  • The city of Angel Grove looks significantly different from how it appeared in the show.
    • This is because the show was shot in Los Angeles, while the movie was shot in Sydney.
  • Rita Repulsa, Lord Zedd, Goldar, Zordon, and Alpha 5 all look quite different than on the show (with Alpha 5 resembling his body from the second movie and the Turbo TV series), but their voices are all provided by their original voice actors.
    • Alpha's "eyes" (red dots that flash, connect and separate while he is talking and not talking) would later be seen used with Alpha 6 in Once A Ranger.

Literary differences from the established continuity (seasons 1 and 2)

As much as possible, the film allows the viewer to jump off the established continuity from the TV series, story-wise, so that the movie may serve as somewhat of a continuation following season 2. However, a few minor differences remain.

  • There are two weapons from the movie that do not appear in the series: Kimberly's "Pterodactyl Thunder Whip", and Billy's "Stega Stinger".
  • The Rangers morphed in a different order than the TV show's morphing sequence. Instead of Tommy, Adam, Kimberly, Billy, Aisha and Rocky, it's Kimberly, Billy, Rocky, Adam, Aisha and Tommy.
  • Tommy used the morphing call "WHITE TIGER!" in the movie, instead of "TIGERZORD!" and the White Ranger shield still features the tiger claw emblem prior to being replaced with the Falcon one.
  • The new character of Mordant is treated as if he had always been among the "Evil Space Aliens", and Squatt, Scorpina and Baboo are nowhere to be seen.

Literary differences after the film (season 3)

Since the film loosely continues from season 2 of the show, but creates its own continuation, many differences occur especially as season 3 began.

  • The story of how the Rangers received their Ninja powers and the Ninjazords is retold entirely differently in the four-part episode "Ninja Quest". The only real similarities are that the Command Center was destroyed (although Zordon's life was never in danger) and the one who gave them to them did not initially trust them.
  • In the movie, Zordon did not die instantly when his time warp was destroyed; rather, he began to age rapidly, and die away slowly. In Countdown to Destruction, it was revealed that the destruction of Zordon's tube with him in it causes his instant death. In the movie, Ivan Ooze destroys the columns around Zordon's energy tube, while in Countdown to Destruction, Andros destroys Zordon's energy tube causing his death. It's also of note that in the movie Zordon was still referred to as being in a time warp while in Power Rangers Turbo, Larigo released him from the time warp, meaning that he may have been in a containment tube rather than a time warp in Countdown to Destruction.
  • The new female character of Dulcea never appears in the show, or is even referenced. In season 3, she was replaced by Ninjor, who is male.
  • The Ninja Megazord looks very different from its Kakuranger, and naturally, the season 3 counterpart. The Zords' original design had solid, unmovable fists, wheras the movie design kept the Wolf Zord's jaw for a left hand and gained a movable right hand in order to grip its Power Sword, which was actually the Fire Saber of the Shogun Megazord. The combination with the Falconzord was also changed from "Ninja Megafalconzord" to "Ninja Falcon Megazord." 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.

Production notes

  • The first trailer implies that the film is shot in a 4:3 (1.33:1) aspect ratio before it was cropped into widescreen in the final cut. None of the home video releases use the original aspect ratio.
  • This was the last Fox Video VHS to feature the 1993 Fox Video logo.
  • The movie had come to DVD in 2001 on a dual-sided Double Feature DVD with Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie and in 2003 individually by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. It has also aired on TV a few times, fully restored with sharper picture and clearer sound, on ABC Family.
  • 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 changed their minds and decided to put more resources into the production.
    • In order for the purple tongue to match the purple body, Freeman drank black currant juice, held it in his mouth and spit it out before each take.
  • Due to the longer than anticipated production, the episode "Party Crasher" was never made (and thus the perfectly usable Dairanger monster Pot Taoist was never adapted) and was replaced in its scheduling spot by "Storybook Rangers.
  • Like the show, the pay and benefits to the actors was considered controversial. The Ranger cast was largely kept to their regular salaries. Saban did not cover lodging, rental cars, or food. While the actors did receive a daily per diem to cover some of their costs of living, it was kept at a low $50. Paul Freeman actually earned more on his salary than the Ranger cast.

The rangers without their visors or mouthplates, as it was originally conceived to be filmed, before the producers realized that they were supposed to be there in the first place to cover up the face.

  • Originally, the crew felt that the total covering of the Power Rangers' faces removed any ability to express emotion, so initial shooting took place using the actors in costume with no visors on the helmets. However, they realized that this was a mistake. To correct the error, the action scenes were re-shot the next month with the visors added back. However, the Ninja Ranger powers still had their eyes fully shown, unlike in the series. It's unknown what became of the original footage for the scene although it was likely scrapped and never shown.
  • The Rangers' costumes in the movie weighed around 40 pounds, and the actors sometimes had to film as long as ten hours a day in them. Due to this, Amy Jo Johnson and Karan Ashley would often experience back pain after certain scenes.
  • The White Ranger's morpher appears on his belt in comparison to the TV series, where it is replaced with a symbol, since the White Ranger's Sentai counterpart was from Dairanger, not Zyuranger.
  • 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 while Alpha turns evil.
  • The movie was the first time the Rangers used something other than their own weapons (in this case, a comet) to destroy a villain.
  • At Power Morphicon 2007, Johnny Yong Bosch stated that the scene including Adam being disappointed by the source of his powers was originally his idea.
  • Catherine Sutherland originally auditioned for the part of Dulcea, but was turned down because the producers felt that she was too young for the part. However, she would later be cast on the TV series' third season as Katherine and would take over the role of the Pink Ranger when actress Amy Jo Johnson left the show.
  • Walter Jones, Thuy Trang, and Austin St. John (the original Black, Yellow and Red Power Rangers, respectively) were originally set to star in the movie, but ultimately were not included because they were let go due to their contract dispute with the TV show.
    • Walter Jones (Zack, the original Black Ranger) has stated in interviews that he regrets not having appeared in the film.
  • Johnny Yong Bosch performed his own stunts for the movie, including the morphed fighting scenes. His stuntman was injured at the time and was unable to work on the film, and Bosch accepted their offer to replace him.
  • The theme music Go Go Power Rangers, although having the same lyrics and musical notes, was played using electrical and heavy metal instruments, with rock star-like singing, whereas the series' theme song is more orchestral. For this version, The song was performed by "The Power Rangers Orchestra:" a collaboration that featured credits of Mr. Big front man Eric Martin, guitarist Tim Pierce, former Pablo Cruise bass player John Pierce, singer-pianist Kim Bullard and former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum.
  • When this movie was shown in the UK, it was before the three part episode The Wedding had aired and therefore spoiled Rita's return (although she and Zedd work together in the movie, it isn't established if they are married like their TV counterparts or have simply joined forces).
  • The reason why Billy stopped wearing glasses was because the actor David Yost requested to Haim Saban that he preferred not wearing them as the fake lenses had started to mess with his eyesight. This eventually crossed-over to the TV series.
  • Shout! Factory licensed this film and Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie from Fox for a Blu-ray release as part of its deal with the studio in 2018. Originally it was released as part of the 25th anniversary complete series box set, but was later released individually with Turbo following not long after. Both films were given brand new 4K restorations for the release, and were co-branded with Saban due to Shout!'s status as the official distributor of the franchise.

Errors

  • Skull jumped out of the plane without a helmet or securing his parachute.
  • When jumping over something while rollerblading, the teens landed in a different order than had been seen earlier.
  • Zordon told the Rangers about Ivan Ooze during the day, but it being nighttime when they arrived on the scene.
  • When Ivan was blasting the Command Center, Zordon (and his tube) was missing in several shots.
  • The Rangers teleportation streaks headed towards the dark side of Phaedos, but it was day when they arrived.
  • Despite being at the back of the crowd, Fred was seen holding a jar of ooze just as Ivan had started handing them out in disguise.
  • The Falconzord was shown firing three missles from its left wing, but then four (two for each wing) were shown heading towards their target.
  • The bear symbol on the Yellow Ranger's suit was missing after her Zord was blasted into a building.
  • During the Megazord formation the Crane Ninjazord was shown already in place when the Ape and Wolf attached, but was then shown landing and taking its place as the head to complete the sequence.
  • The Ninja Megazord prop that crashes on the building is the Deluxe TV show toy instead of the CGI Ninja Megazord.
  • The monorail travelled smoothly across the Falconzord's back, when it reality it would surely have derailed.
  • Ryan's Comet had none of the characteristics of a comet; it was far too small, was travelling too close to the Earth, was going way to fast and was made of fire instead of ice.

Reception

The film was met with mixed reviews, earning a 37% percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie in 1997 would go on to fare even worse, earning a 15%, possibly being a key contributor to the dismal reaction and ratings for Power Rangers Turbo after it.

"Despite the larger budget, the film remains true to the style of the show - which often recalls Japanese monster movies in its depictions of battling giant monsters through obvious special effects."
―One critic on Answers.com, who gave the film a 1-star rating
"The fast-paced fantasy action attracted a good portion of its intended youthful audience, while not becoming quite as much of a sensation as the TV series. Some adults attacked the film for its reliance on violence (though of a bloodless, cartoon variety) and its status as a blatant promotional tool for the best-selling Power Ranger toys."
―Judd Blaise of All Movie Guide, giving the movie a 1-star rating
"For an adult, the Rangers are easy to dislike, dismiss, and discard as just another lousy children's fad."
―Brett Weiss of All Game Guide
"As seen through the eyes of a child, they are a larger-than-life team of superheroes who battle the bad guys in an exciting and entertaining manner. Whether you fall on one of these ends of the spectrum or somewhere in between, you'll still find Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers to be a disappointment."
―Brett Weiss of All Game Guide

On certain online retelling sites like Amazon.com, several online critics gave the film 5/5 to 4/5 star ratings while browsing the film's DVD release on Sept. 2, 2003.

Upon its opening weekend, the film opened at #4 with $13,104,788; behind Apollo 13, in Pocahontas's, Batman Forever's, and Toy Story's third. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, on Box Office Mojo|Box Office Mojo, is currently ranked at #47 in the "Superhero" genre. The film's budget was Wikipedia:United States dollar $15,000,000, making this the most expensive Power Rangers-themed project for its time. It currently ranks as the highest-grossing Power Rangers movie of all time.

Home Media VHS, DVD & Blu-Ray Releases

  • November 21, 1995 VHS Release[1]
  • as of February 23, 2021, both Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie are now on the STAR platform on Disney+
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November 21, 1995 VHS Release


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