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Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie is a feature-length movie set in the Power Rangers universe. Directed by sci-fi veteran David Winning and Shuki Levy. It attempted to serve as a bridge between the television series Power Rangers Zeo and Power Rangers Turbo, unlike the previous film, which stood as a stand-alone story.

Plot

One year after the Zeo Rangers defeated King Mondo and the Machine Empire depicted at the end of Power Rangers Zeo, on the distant planet Liaria, a wizard named Lerigot is fleeing for his life from unseen enemy forces. In desperation, he uses a magical key in his possession to teleport away from them.

In the city of Angel Grove, Power Rangers Tommy Oliver, Adam Park, and Rocky DeSantos are training for an upcoming martial arts charity tournament, but Rocky's lack of focus while training causes him to fail a jumping kick and land on his spine, critically injuring him, and was taken to the hospital. Elsewhere in the city, their fellow Rangers Katherine Hillard and Tanya Sloan are on a school bus helping the children of the Little Angel's Haven orphanage. Among the kids is a young boy named Justin Stewart, who is stuck in the orphanage due to his father always working and never being around. Kat tries to cheer him up, but Justin shrugs her off.

Back on Liaria, the alien pirate Divatox admonishes her soldiers for failing to capture Lerigot and orders her subordinates Rygog and Elgar to find him immediately. They trace the wizard's path to Earth, and Divatox deduces that he is seeking refuge with Zordon. Their Subcraft immediately lifts off from Liaria and flies towards Earth.

At the hospital, Justin comes in to visit Rocky but hides under his bed as the other Rangers come in to pay their sympathy to him. Their communicators suddenly go off as Zordon summons them to the Power Chamber, unaware that Justin has overheard them, but Rocky discovers that Justin was hiding under his bed and has overheard them as Justin accidentally discovers that Rocky and his friends are the Power Rangers. Inside the Power Chamber, Zordon and Alpha 5 explain that Lerigot is being pursued by Divatox as part of her plan to awaken and marry the fire demon Maligore, who sleeps on the island of Muiranthias. In his panic, Lerigot has landed in the African wilderness  Encountering animals and is now at risk of dying from heatstroke. Tommy and Kat agree to locate the wizard and bring him to safety.

As they arrive on Earth, Divatox has Elgar capture two humans "of purity and strength" to be used as sacrifices for Maligore. Elgar brings her Bulk and Skull, security guards working under Jerome Stone who had gotten lost on their way to the International Dance-a-Thon when they were captured. Disgusted at his poor choice of sacrifices, Divatox orders Elgar to try again and throws the pair in the Subcraft's hold.

After a long and dangerous search through Africa, Tommy and Kat find a passed-out Lerigot and revive him with supplies from their Power Boxes, then take him to the Power Chamber to recover. They are soon contacted by Divatox, who demands that Lerigot be surrendered to her immediately. To emphasize, she reveals that she has captured Lerigot's wife and child, Yara and Bethel, as well as former Power Rangers Jason Lee Scott and Kimberly Ann Hart (both captured while they were scuba-diving) and that she will kill them all if the wizard does not surrender.

On the beach, the Rangers are unable to stop Lerigot as he willingly surrenders to Divatox, and her forces throw back what appear to be Jason and Kimberly into the water as they take him away. The Rangers quickly discover them to be nothing but their empty scuba-suits. Back in the Subcraft, Jason and Kimberly are put in the hold next to Bulk and Skull as they await their fate as Maligore's sacrifices.

Zordon explains that Lerigot's magical key is required to ensure safe passage through the Nemesis Triangle, which prevents all ships from reaching Muiranthias. A vessel known as the Ghost Galleon can pass through the Triangle, but the Rangers' current powers will not suffice for this journey. Instead, Zordon creates a new form of power to protect them -- the Turbo Keys and Turbozords. Now the Turbo Rangers, Tommy, Kat, Tanya, and Adam quickly adjust to their new Turbozords, the Red Lightning, Wind Chaser, Dune Star, and Desert Thunder, though Rocky's Mountain Blaster must stay behind due to his injuries until he is recovered.

The Rangers arrive at the rendezvous point where the Ghost Galleon awaits its passengers. Before the Rangers board, the Mountain Blaster arrives with its driver... Justin. He explains that he had followed the Rangers to the Power Chamber and was given Zordon's blessing to take Rocky's place and become the Blue Turbo Ranger. Now five-strong again, the Rangers load the Turbozords onto the Galleon and begin their journey,

Though the Rangers' Turbo Keys renders the Galleon invisible to Divatox's Subcraft, Divatox spots them through the periscope and deploys Putra Pods to climb aboard the Galleon and destroy them, though they are fought off. Down in the holds, Jason and Kimberly attempt to escape by pulling apart a bulkhead, a dangerous plan that very nearly drowns them. While Kimberly escapes with Bulk and Skull, Jason snags his shirt and is unable to follow before Divatox seals the bulkhead with the emergency hatch and leaves him trapped. She is displeased that Maligore is going to have to deal with one sacrifice.

After forcing Lerigot to have her Subcraft pass through the Nemesis Triangle, Divatox is shocked to see the Rangers still tailing her, and a call for advice from Rita Repulsa proves useless. The Subcraft fires torpedoes at the Galleon to destroy it, but the Rangers escape to their Turbozords and drive on the ocean surface to reach Muiranthias. Kimberly is also found by the Malichians, though Bulk and Skull are left to fend for themselves. Upon making landfall, Divatox convinces the native Malichians (who have Kimberly in their possession) to lead her to Maligore's temple where they worship him.

Morphing with their Turbo Keys for the first time, the Turbo Rangers give chase to the temple, where Divatox is preparing to throw Jason and Kimberly to the Pit of Eternal Flame and awaken Maligore with a pre-nuptial snack. She sends her Piranhatrons to delay the Rangers as the sacrifices are made and Jason and Kimberly are reincarnated as Maligore's evil minions. The Rangers are barely able to keep their own friends from killing them, but Lerigot and Yara use their combined power to restore the pair to normal, allowing the Rangers to draw their Turbo Weapons and focus on the Pirahnatrons.

Divatox throws Elgar to the Pit as a new sacrifice, awakening Maligore as he begins throwing the Rangers around effortlessly. When Maligore grows in size, the Rangers summon their Turbozords to unite into the Turbo Megazord. After a fierce fight, Maligore is destroyed by the Turbo Megazord, and Divatox flees for her life while swearing revenge on the Power Rangers as the volcano erupts.

After recovering Bulk and Skull, the Rangers return to Angel Grove in time for the martial arts tournament with Jason filling in for Rocky. Tommy ultimately wins the tournament, winning a sizable charity donation to the Little Angel's Haven as well. The Rangers later return to the Power Chamber to see Lerigot and his family off as they go home to Liaria.

Characters

Rangers

Red Turbo Ranger Tommy Oliver
Blue Turbo Ranger Justin Stewart
Green Turbo Ranger Adam Park
Yellow Turbo Ranger Tanya Sloan
Pink Turbo Ranger Katherine Hillard

Allies

Supporting Characters

Villains

Cast

Reception

The film has been given mostly negative reviews from critics and moviegoers, with an 18% Rotten rating from Rotten Tomatoes. Kevin Thomas wrote a positive review in The Los Angeles Times saying the filmmakers have brought much panache and sophistication to the making of this fantasy adventure extolling the good old-fashioned virtues of spirit and courage embodied by the Power Rangers and that "Turbo" is a solid follow-up. Other reviews were a mixture of positive and negative.

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But the majority of reviews were decidedly negative.  As of 2013, the film has only an 18% "freshness" rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, meaning only 18% of critics gave a positive review.

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Lawrence Van Gelder, of The New York Times, gave the film a very bad review.  "Five-year-olds who have read their Shakespeare will recognize that Turbo is a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing."

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Errors

  • When Skull is trying to put mustard on his hot dog he proceeds to try to stomp on it and then picks it up to continue trying to put it on his hot dog. If looked closely the viewers will see there is no hot dog and he is just trying to put it in a bun. However, after spraying it all over Lt. Stone the hot dog reappears.
  • The Power Chamber exterior in this movie is the same from the previous movie but would revert back to its normal appearance for the series.
  • When Kat falls to a cliff and holds to a branch, she calls the Zeonizer bracelets to morph before falling. The left one gets stuck on the branch and when she falls, the bracelet slips from her left arm. This is shown in a close shot. One shot later, when we see Katherine falling, she is wearing both bracelets. A shot later, she again doesn't wear the left one and it's falling close to her while she catches it in the air.
  • After Tommy and Kat come ashore, Kat is wearing her yellow life vest. In the next shot it has disappeared.
  • After Tommy the Red Ranger, Jason, and Kimberly had been knocked away from the lava pit in Maligore's temple, Kat the Pink Ranger picked Tommy's previously removed helmet from the ground from behind them. In the very next shot, Kat picks the helmet up from the ground again and she hands it over to Tommy.
  • Jason's earring changes between shots on the sub craft. This is probably due to using different takes from different filming sessions.
  • When Kimberly's shirt gets caught on one of the bolts as she tries to swim out of the submarine, Jason reaches around her to pull it free and in the next shot, his hand is beside her.
  • After Bulk and Skull escape the submarine, Kimberly goes next and her shirt gets caught on one of the bolts to her left. Jason, also to her left, reaches around her to free her. In the next shot, he's reaching beside her to pull her shirt loose from the bolt.
  • When Kimberly tries to escape from Divatox's bilge, the left side of her tank top gets caught on a bolt until Jason helps get her free and she escapes. When Kimberly arrives on Muiranthias, she has a hole in her tank top from when it got caught in the bilge, but it is on the right side instead of the left side and remains on the right side for the rest of the film.
  • When Rocky is in the boxing ring and he does a flying kick which causes him to fly out of the ring and damage his back. the white towel on Adam's left shoulder jumps to his right shoulder, and then back again, between shots.
  • On the Ghost Galleon, the Rangers are standing out on the deck, when suddenly the ship comes under attack by the Putra Pods. Tommy cries "hit the deck!" and they all kneel down to the floor. After this, between shots Tommy's position behind Justin keeps changing, as does the position of his hands on Justin.
  • After landing in Africa, Lerigot falls out of the birds-nest that he ended up in. When he hits the ground (and then again when he finds the lion), he has leaves all over his front and back. However the amount of leaves on his clothes keeps differing instantly between shots. Also, his hair becomes very messy when he finds the lion and falls backward, but as the shot changes his hair becomes instantly neat again.
  • When Adam joins the others on Muiranthias to tell them Lerigot is dying, the strap of the power box Kat wears on her back is fastened around her abdomen. In the very next shot, when Kat is seen with Adam when he says they may already be too late, Kat's power box strap is suddenly across the top of her chest instead.
  • When Divatox orders Elgar to throw her two captured humans (Jason and Kimberly) into the bilge, she raises her left arm up in the air in this wide-shot. In the immediate closeup it is now her right arm which is lifted upwards.
  • When Lerigot arrives on Earth in Africa, it is daytime and it is night in Angel Grove, the city where the Rangers live. After Lerigot arrives on Earth and we see Bulk and Skull in Angel Grove, it is at the baseball field and it is during the daytime. When we next see Bulk and Skull a few minutes later in Angel Grove, it is now correctly night time.
  • Right after the volcano explodes and we see the rangers running out the cave, a man wearing a greenish shirt and a black cap, holding something that looks like a large soda in his hand is visible on the right side of the screen for a second. It occurs at 1:20:35 and requires the right timing to pause and see.
  • When Adam arrives on Muranthias in his Desert Thunder Zord, as he pulls up in the jungle and gets out of the Zord, in the side of the vehicle as he pulls up you can see a large black screen reflected (clearly equipment not seen in the previous shot due to careful panning).
  • After the Rangers morph on Muranthias, you can see stage lights, cameras, and crew reflected in the Rangers' visors.
  • When Divatox runs out from Maligore's temple, and she pushes between Bulk and Skull, to the right of the screen you can see a crewmember's arm in the shot.
  • When the Rangers arrive in the cave entrance of Maligore's temple (as Tommy cries "all right guys, this is it!", Justin puts his arm against the stone cave wall and it wobbles, revealing it is a fake set wall.
  • During the fight scene in the volcano, when Adam and Elgar are fighting briefly, the latter can be seen with the more evil looking Zelmoda mask from Gekisou Sentai Carranger, rather than the more goofy American-made mask (which was used more often as his appearance was thought to scare children).
  • The way Rocky injures himself was very unrealistic. He should have slammed into the ropes of the ring, not flown right over it and crashed onto the ground.
  • When the Rangers morph to enter the volcano, Justin mistakenly uses his right hand when the left hand was generally used.
    • Ironically, that would become the right way when Justin is joined by T.J., Carlos, Ashley, and Cassie in the series.
  • The Rangers' suits lack the Turbo logo and numbering featured on their shoulders. These would be added in the TV show.
  • The scene with Bulk, Skull, and Lt. Stone at the baseball game took place in the daytime, while all the surrounding scenes took place at night.
  • For some reason Divatox waited until after she thought Lerigot would have reached Zordon before removing the mind-block from Yara to allow her to lure him to them.
  • The Turbozords cockpits appeared to be too large to possibly fit inside the car-sized Zords.
  • When Kimberly and Jason are discussing trying to escape from Divatox's sub, Jason lights up his dive computer which is mounted on his left wrist but much later when they are attempting the escape, Jason can be seen wearing it on his right wrist when he is instructing Bulk and Skull on what to do while escaping.
    • Also, Jason was able to get an accurate reading from his dive computer, despite not being submerged in water.
  • Jason noted that he and Kimberly should wait until the sub rose to 100 feet before loosening the hatch, but they began loosening it immediately.
  • Muiranthias appeared just as close to the Ghost Galleon when the Rangers saw it from the ship as it had a few seconds earlier when Justin was using binoculars.
  • When fighting Maligore, the Rangers collectively draw their weapons but only have the opportunity to use them as projectile-firing weapons, despite Tommy and Tanya's weapons being a sword and knuckles respectively.
    • Adam also aims the Thunder Cannon the wrong way, meaning that it should shoot him in the chest, but it still fires forwards.
  • Despite the fact that Tommy, Adam, and Jason had been easily besting their opponents, everyone still seemed surprised that they won the karate tournament.
  • The giant novelty check was seemingly already made out to Little Angel's Haven before the declaration of the winners.
  • The so-called Pirahnatrons clearly look normal people in suits.

Notes

  • Unlike the first movie, this movie takes place within the continuity of the television series, with the first episode of Turbo taking place right after (with a montage of movie clips to cement its placement). Because of this, the design for the movie was closer to the television show's design, with spandex Ranger suits and a suitmation Megazord rather than the first movie's armor-like suits of the first movie and CGI Megazord fight.
    • In addition, certain new sets and costumes from the movie were also used in the television series (albeit with no mention of the extensive makeover they received in the interim, such as the Power Chamber set and the Alpha costume), unlike anything from the movie save for the Tenga Warriors.
    • Despite sticking close to the Super Sentai style, this movie doesn't feature footage from Gekisou Sentai Carranger, likely out of concern of the change in quality between Carranger and footage shot for the movie as well as an American-exclusive villain. Due to this, the original footage is shot for weapon and Zord cockpit scenes, though the latter is not carried into the subsequent TV series.
    • Also, this is the only (theatrically released) movie to be in the series' canon. The first movie takes place in an alternate timeline and Power Rangers 2017 is a reboot of the original series and ignores the main continuity. The only other movie shown to be part of the main continuity is "Clash of the Red Rangers - The Movie" which led directly into the episode "The Rescue" although that was a TV movie.
  • Kat is the only Ranger to use her Zeo powers in the movie (albeit only briefly). She uses them to try and save herself.
  • A new teleportation effect for the Rangers is introduced in this movie which would carry on to the TV series. 
  • Due to a contract dispute, director David Winning only received co-credit with the producer and no editing influence.
  • This is the first appearance of Justin.
  • This film shows the first instance of blood in the entire franchise; when Katherine fell into the river, her leg was injured and bled.
  • This is the first appearance of Kimberly since "A Different Shade of Pink" and her final appearance (to date) unmorphed (aside from stock footage in Dino Thunder's "Legacy of Power.") She later returned morphed alongside her team in the episode "Legendary Battle"  and will presumably appear morphed again in the Beast Morphers team-up. 
    • By being the only film to take place in the TV series continuity, this is the only film to feature Kimberly featured in the TV show. The other films take place in alternate universes and feature different Kimberlys (one not even played by Amy Jo Johnson).
  • Jason is referenced as returning to Angel Grove for the movie, however, the last episode to air before the release of the film was "Good as Gold" where Jason was last an active member of the Power Rangers and still living in Angel Grove. There's no explanation for where he went or why he would have left at that time.
  • Steve Cardenas (Rocky) was originally supposed to play as the Blue Turbo Ranger, but he announced his departure to concentrate on his dojo, despite rumors he was injured after that while performing a stunt towards the end of Power Rangers: Zeo, something he would deny in interviews years later.
  • Tommy (Jason David Frank), Rocky (Steve Cardenas), Adam (Johnny Yong Bosch), and Kimberly (Amy Jo Johnson) are the only Rangers to appear in the previous movie, although only Tommy and Adam are active Rangers in both.
  • Bulk and Skull are shown to have rejoined Lt. Stone and have taken jobs as stadium security guards, with no mention being made of the fate of their detective agency or Bulk and Skull's jobs in France.
  • This movie marks a significant redesign of the interior of the Power Chamber. The Mighty Morphin' suit and weapons gallery has been removed and replaced with five Ranger-colored tubes, the console has been replaced with a larger one with two smaller consoles on either side and the floor design has also been changed.
  • Alpha 5 has also been redesigned, with his new body being shinier and the lightning bolt on his chest is now symmetrical. This new body, however, would be more commonly associated with Alpha 6.
  • The sets made to represent the Turbo Zord and Turbo Megazord cockpits are not modeled after the Carranger originals and lack the Turbo Karts.
  • The original cut was over three hours long; it included a fight with a crocodile, a longer trek through the volcano, a mermaid, a bungee-jumping stunt for Adam, and more character development for Justin. Perhaps most controversially, this was cut down because Johnny Yong Bosch has claimed that there was an extended fight scene between the Zeo Rangers and Divatox's forces that resulted in the Zeo powers and Zords being destroyed. None of the footage from this version has ever been released and it remains unknown if it ever will be released
    • This horrible editing is apparent in the final cut as well. The film spends 45 minutes setting up Muranthius, 15 minutes getting to the Island, and maybe 25 minutes on the thing they are trying to prevent and a five-minute end to the karate competition subplot.
  • The original shooting script included a new character Mandika the Mermaid, described as having alabaster skin, black/blue hair that trails over her bare chest, and a strange voice. She would have assisted the Rangers on their journey and acted as a new friend/love interest to Adam. Originally, Mandika would have saved Kimberly after she ran out of air escaping Divatox's submarine and Mandika would have taken her to Muiranthias. However, all of Mandika's scenes were cut out of the film (presumably due to the cutdown from three hours) and the actress who plays her is unknown/uncredited.[Citation needed]
  • A deleted scene involved Tommy and Kat using a flamethrower during their search for Lerigot; a picture of this scene appeared on the back of the VHS box.
  • David Yost (Billy) was seen on the set filming scenes for the movie and his character was supposed to help co-create the Turbo powers, using the Zeo crystal (Fans have since speculated that this implies that the Turbo powers were the 'project' Billy was allegedly working on during the unexplained absences that caused his friends to initially assume that he was the Gold Ranger). However, when Yost left during Power Rangers Zeo due to attitudes taken due to his sexuality,  which was being filmed at the same time as this movie, the crew scrambled to re-write the script and they wrote Billy out.[Citation needed]
  • Ironically Gekisou Sentai Carranger, the Japanese counterpart of Turbo, did not have its own theatrical movie (the two movies were team-ups and, thus, not Carranger specific). This is like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, where the three teams associated either didn't have their own movie (Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger) or the elements in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie were not in the Super Sentai team's movie (Gosei Sentai Dairanger or Ninja Sentai Kakuranger).
  • Ernie makes his final onscreen appearance here, with his departure being established in "Shadow Rangers." He is seen in the crowd during the end competition.
    • The reason for his departure was because his actor, Richard Genelle, was experiencing serious health problems due to being overweight. He died in 2008.
  • Jason and Kimberly appeared next in archive footage from the movie in Part I of "Shift Into Turbo".
    • After Turbo, Austin appeared as himself in "The Lost Episode", and later reprised his role as Jason in Wild Force's "Forever Red".
    • Kimberly is mentioned by Jason at the end of "Forever Red", and shown in clips in Dino Thunder's "Legacy of Power".
  • The original name of this movie was Power Rangers: Race to the Volcano.[1] Another alternate title for the movie was Turbo: A Power Rangers Adventure.[2]
  • As with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, the first release of the film's trailer & the scenes featured in the Power Rangers Turbo, Go music video implies that the film was shot in a 4:3 (1.33:1) aspect ratio before it was eventually cropped into widescreen in the final cut.

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VHS/DVD Releases

  • Before the film begins, the VHS release first featured the trailer for Anastasia and the sneak peek for Saban's film of Casper, the Friendly Ghost entitled, Casper: A Spirited Beginning.
  • The movie has seen two releases on DVD altogether. The first was on March 13 in 2001 which was released on a two-sided disc which also contained Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie. The second release on September 2 in 2003, is a one-sided disc.
    • While Hasbro lacks distribution rights for the movie (they're still legally with Fox), the 98 disc Power Rangers Legacy DVD Set contains a spare slot for the film, right before the first set of Power Rangers Turbo episodes.
  • Shout! Factory licensed this film and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie for Blu-ray as part of its licensing deal with Fox, releasing it on July 30, 2019, one month after MMPR: TM's individual release. As with that movie, Turbo is co-branded with Saban due to Shout!'s status as the official distributor of the franchise. Both films were given brand new 4K restorations for the release.

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