Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie
|Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Bryan Spicer|
|Produced by||Haim Saban
|Screenplay by||Arne Olsen|
|Story by||John Kamps
|Starring||Jason David Frank
Amy Jo Johnson
Johnny Yong Bosch
|Music by||Graeme Revell|
|Edited by||Wayne Wahrman|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Running time||95 minutes|
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.
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; it zaps any who 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 has "Oozemen" fight the Rangers, while he attacks the Command Center; the damage disables their 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; Goldar and Mordant swear allegiance to him out of fear.
Ivan decides to recruit the parents of Angel Grove to dig up his Ectomorphicon Titans, massive Zord-like machines buried long ago. Disguising himself as a carnival wizard, he gives out free jars of ooze to the children of Angel Grove, including the Rangers' friend, Fred Kelman. They are hypnotized by it, and they become a work force for Ivan. Fred follows them and discovers Ivan's plans. Meanwhile, the Rangers arrive on Phaedos and fight off an attack from Ivan's bird minions, the Tengu. They then meet Dulcea, a warrior who teaches them to harness their animal spirits and directs them to a monolith which houses the Great Power. They uncover it, along with new Zords to match their animal spirits. With their power restored, 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 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 destroying the monorail track. While Tommy stops the train from derailing, the other Rangers form the Ninja Megazord; unfortunately it's outmatched. After it is thrown, Tommy's zord docks to complete the Ninja Falcon Megazord; they decide to trick Ivan into chasing them into space, to knock him into the path of Ryan's Comet. He grabs them, but Aisha hits an emergency button which releases them from his grip. The impact from the comet destroys him while the Rangers return to Earth.
Ivan's destruction removes the hypnotic effects of the ooze. The parents, who have been held back by Fred and the other kids, are saved. The Rangers return to the Command Center where they learn that Zordon has died. Remembering Dulcea's wisdom, Tommy suggests using their powers to revive him. They're able to do so, restoring the Command Center and his time-warp tube. During the following fireworks celebration, they congratulate Fred for his courage. When a message thanking them is lit, Bulk and Skull are offended, though the two of them legitimately had a 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!"
- Jason David Frank as Tommy Oliver, The White Ranger
- Amy Jo Johnson as Kimberly Hart, The Pink Ranger
- David Yost as Billy Cranston, The Blue Ranger
- Johnny Yong Bosch as Adam Park, The Black Ranger
- Karan Ashley as Aisha Campbell, The Yellow Ranger
- Steve Cardenas as Rocky DeSantos, The Red Ranger
- Paul Schrier as Farkas "Bulk" Bulkmeier
- Jason Narvy as Eugene "Skull" Skullovitch
- Paul Freeman as Ivan Ooze
- Nicholas Bell as Zordon
- Robert L. Manahan as Zordon's voice
- Peta-Maree Rixon as Alpha 5
- Richard Wood as Alpha 5's voice
- Gabrielle Fitzpatrick as Dulcea
- Jamie Croft as Fred Kelman
- Paul Goddard as Dave
- Robert Simper as John
- Julia Cortez as Rita Repulsa
- Barbara Goodson as Rita's voice
- Mark Ginther as Lord Zedd
- Robert Axelrod as Zedd's voice
- Kerry Casey as Goldar
- Kerrigan Mahan as Goldar's voice
- Jean Paul Bell as Mordant
- Richard Genelle as Ernie (deleted scenes)
Adaptations in other media
- Five different video game titles based on the movie were released for the Super NES, Sega Genesis, Game Boy, Sega CD and Game Gear.
- Marvel Comics released a comic book adaptation and a photo comic book adaptation of the movie which was dated September 1995. The comic book was printed with two different covers - one featuring fully morphed rangers and the other featuring them in their Ninjetti uniforms.
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.
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. 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. 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. Roger Ebert gave the film one of 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. 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.
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.
Film company Lionsgate Films have announced that they will be rebooting a new Mighty Morphin Power Rangers film scheduled for a July 22, 2016 release. Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are confirmed to be writing a script for the film along with original Power Ranger producer Haim Saban, Brian Casentini, Allison Shearmur and Rober Orci producing. No director or cast members have been announced as of yet.
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