Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie

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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie
Power rangers movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bryan Spicer
Produced by Haim Saban
Shuki Levy
Suzanne Todd
Screenplay by Arne Olsen
Story by John Kamps
Arne Olsen
Starring Jason David Frank
Amy Jo Johnson
David Yost
Steve Cardenas
Johnny Yong Bosch
Karan Ashley
Paul Schrier
Jason Narvy
Paul Freeman
Music by Graeme Revell
Cinematography Paul Murphy
Edited by Wayne Wahrman
Production
company
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • June 30, 1995 (1995-06-30)
Running time 95 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $15 million
Box office $66,433,194[2]

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (also known as Power Rangers: The Movie) is a 1995 American superhero film based on the television series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The film stars the regular television cast of Karan Ashley, Johnny Yong Bosch, Steve Cardenas, Jason David Frank, Amy Jo Johnson, and David Yost. The allies and villains are Australian and English actors. It was produced by Saban Entertainment and Toei Company. Filming took place in both Sydney and Queensland, Australia and the film was released by 20th Century Fox on June 30, 1995. Much like the television season that followed the release, the film used concepts from the Japanese Super Sentai Series Ninja Sentai Kakuranger.

Despite a mixed reaction by critics, the film went on to receive a cult following thanks to the popularity of the TV series. It also grossed $38,187,431 theatrically in the U.S. and $66,433,194 worldwide, making it a financial success.[2]

Plot[edit]

The Power Rangers, Rocky, Adam, Billy, Aisha, Kimberly and Tommy, participate with Bulk and Skull in a charity sky dive for the Angel Grove observatory, in anticipation of Ryan's Comet which will pass by in two days. Having waited too long, Bulk and Skull accidentally land in a construction site, where a giant egg has been uncovered and zaps any who attempt to touch it. Alerted by the evil energy, Zordon informs the Rangers that a shape-shifter known as Ivan Ooze was trapped and buried in it 6,000 years ago by "a group of young warriors like themselves", to keep him from conquering the universe. The Rangers are to bury it again, but Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd release him before they arrive. He conjures up "Oozemen" to fight the Rangers, while he attacks the Command Center so severely that the damage takes the Rangers powers and leaves Zordon dying outside his time-warp. Alpha sends them to the planet Phaedos to look for the Great Power to save Zordon and defeat Ivan. Ivan double-crosses Rita and Zedd, trapping them in a snow globe and offers their henchmen, Goldar and Mordant the choice to either swear allegiance to him or be trapped with Rita and Zedd. To avoid the same fate, Goldar and Mordant agree to serve Ivan.

In order to dig up his Ectomorphicon Titans, massive Zord-like machines buried long ago, Ivan decides to recruit the parents of Angel Grove. Disguising himself as a carnival wizard, he gives out free jars of ooze to the city's children, including the Rangers' friend, Fred Kelman. When the parents come in contact with the ooze, they are hypnotized by it, and they become a work force for Ivan. When Fred discovers his own father missing, he finds him and the other parents at the construction site and discovers Ivan's plans. Meanwhile, the Rangers arrive on Phaedos and are almost killed By Ivan's bird minions, the Tengu. They are then saved by a female warrior named Dulcea, who initially tells them to go back home, but after hearing of Zordon's Plight and Ivan's return, she agrees to help them. At the remains of an ancient temple, she teaches the rangers to harness their animal spirits and directs them to a monolith which houses the Great Power. She tells the rangers that they have to do this without her because leaving towards the monolith would cause her to age as Rapidly as Zordon. On their way, the rangers battle a living dinosaur skeleton and then defeat the four Gatekeepers of the temple before the Great Power is bestowed upon them. With their powers restored along with new Zords to match their animal spirits, they teleport back to Earth.

Having completed and unleashed his Ectomorphicon machines, Ivan orders the parents to leap to their dooms at the construction site; Fred, having followed Ivan, recruits their kids, along with Bulk and Skull, to help save them. The Rangers arrive and summon their Zords to stop the Ectomorphicons. When they destroy one, an enraged Ivan merges with the other, becoming a massive version of himself and he destroys the monorail track. While Tommy stops the train from derailing, the other Rangers form the Ninja Megazord. Unfortunately, The Megazord is outmatched and Ivan throws it into a building. Tommy's Falconzord then docks to complete the Ninja Falcon Megazord and the Rangers decide to trick Ivan into chasing them into space, to knock him into the path of Ryan's Comet. Ivan grabs them, but Aisha hits an emergency button which releases them from his grip. The impact from the comet destroys Ivan while the Rangers return to Earth.

Ivan's death also removes the hypnotic effects of the ooze, and the parents, who have been held back by Fred, along with the other kids and Bulk and Skull, are saved. The Rangers return to the Command Center where they learn that Zordon has died. Remembering what Dulcea told them, Tommy suggests using their powers to revive Zordon and they do so, restoring the Command Center and his time-warp tube. During the following fireworks celebration, the Rangers congratulate Fred for his courage. When a message thanking the Power Rangers is lit, Bulk and Skull are offended, though the two of them legitimately had a very large part in saving lives.

Meanwhile, in Rita and Lord Zedd's Moon Base, Goldar decides to proclaim himself "King Goldar, the Ruler of the Universe," but when Rita and Lord Zedd enter the chamber, growling at their turncoat behavior, Goldar and Mordant look at each other in shock, only managing to utter "Uh-oh!"

Cast[edit]

Music[edit]

Adaptations in other media[edit]

Release[edit]

The film opened on June 30, 1995. Its opening rank was #4 with $13,104,788, behind Apollo 13, Pocahontas and Batman Forever in their third weekend.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

In its opening weekend, the film came in fourth with $13,104,788 behind Apollo 13 and holdovers Pocahontas and Batman Forever. The film ultimately grossed $66,433,194 against a $15 million budget, making it a financial success.[2]

The film holds a 50% "Rotten" rating on the review aggregator website on Rotten Tomatoes based on 22 reviews, though there is no summarized consensus given for the film.[5] Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times thought the film was characterized by "a barrage of spectacular special effects, a slew of fantastic monsters, a ferociously funny villain--and, most important, a refreshing lack of pretentiousness." Thomas lauded director Bryan Spicer for raising the quality of production values for a feature film adaptation of the TV series, while maintaining a likeable "comic-book look and sense of wonder" and wholesome high school characters parents would approve of.[6] Caryn James of The New York Times thought that storywise, the film resembles multiple episodes of the television series stringed together with slightly better special effects, and that the result was loud, headache-inducing and boring for adults, but that children would enjoy it. James further stated that too much of the film's running time is spent showing the heroes without their powers.[7] Roger Ebert gave the film a very low half a star out of a possible four stars, saying that the film is "as close as you can get to absolute nothing and still have a product to project on the screen" comparing it to synthetic foods in brightly marketed packaging with no nutritional content. Ebert felt that the characters (with the exception of Ivan Ooze) lacked personalities, and that the scenes of monsters rampaging through the city hearkened back to the worst Japanese monster films.[8] Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle found the fights, "only adequately choreographed", called the battle in the climax "a complete disaster", stating that it made no sense in timing, that protagonists were not very intelligent, and the actors playing them unremarkable.[9]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on VHS and LaserDisc in late 1995, and then on DVD in 2003. Bonus features included a theatrical trailer and a "Making Of" featurette. The film is sometimes bundled with Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie as a double feature.

For reasons not specified, DVD releases of the film, as well as many airings on television and video-streaming sites, present the film with a small title change, omitting the "Mighty Morphin" portion of the title in the opening credits and changing it to simply "Power Rangers: The Movie."

The DVD (as well as 1997's Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie) was re-released with different packaging in 2011.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS (PG) (!)". British Board of Film Classification. 1995-07-11. Retrieved 2013-03-19. 
  2. ^ a b c Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ Gritten, David (1995-06-28). "Oberon to Ooze--It's All in a Day's Work". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  4. ^ Dutka, Elaine (1995-07-06). "The Sky's the Limit at Box Office Movies: A total of about $154 million in receipts sets a five-day record. `Apollo 13' is atop the field with $38.5 million.". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  5. ^ "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers - The Movie (1995)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  6. ^ Thomas, Kevin (1995-06-30). "A Dazzling Leap From TV to Big Screen for 'Rangers'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  7. ^ James, Caryn (1995-06-30). "FILM REVIEW; For Power Rangers, Bikinis Are Not The Issue". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  8. ^ "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie". RogerEbert.com. June 30, 1995. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  9. ^ Lasalle, Mick (1995-06-30). "Mighty Mindless 'Rangers'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 

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