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 byBryan Spicer
Produced by
Screenplay byArne Olsen
Story by
  • John Kamps
  • Arne Olsen
Starring
Music byGraeme Revell
CinematographyPaul Murphy
Edited byWayne Wahrman
Production
company
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • June 30, 1995 (1995-06-30)
Running time
95 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$15 million
Box office$66.4 million[3]

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. It stars the ensemble cast of Karan Ashley, Johnny Yong Bosch, Steve Cardenas, Jason David Frank, Amy Jo Johnson, and David Yost alongside the villains cast from the original series and Paul Freeman as Ivan Ooze. Much like the television season that followed the release, it used concepts from the Japanese Super Sentai series Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger, Gosei Sentai Dairanger and Ninja Sentai Kakuranger. It is the first Power Rangers production from Saban Entertainment not to feature any archived footage from Super Sentai.

Filming took place in and around Sydney and Queensland, Australia. A sequel, titled Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie was released March 28, 1997. This movie was released June 30, 1995 and grossed $66.43 million worldwide,[3] but received mixed reviews from critics. Since, it is considered a cult classic.[citation needed]

Plot[edit]

The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers participate with Bulk and Skull in a charity skydive for the Angel Grove observatory, in anticipation of Ryan's Comet which is scheduled to pass by in two days.

Bulk and Skull miss the target landing zone and accidentally land in a construction site where a giant egg has been unearthed. Lord Zedd, Rita Repulsa, Goldar, and Mordant arrive at the construction site and crack open the egg, releasing Ivan Ooze, a morphological being who ruled Earth with an iron fist 6,000 years ago before he was overthrown by Zordon and a group of young warriors. The Rangers find and confront him, but Ivan unleashes some ooze monsters on them. While the Rangers battle and successfully defeat them, the fight distracts them long enough to allow Ivan to escape and he lays siege to the Rangers' Command Center and incapacitates Zordon, robbing the Rangers of their powers. As the Rangers return to the Command Center, they find it destroyed and Zordon dying.

Zordon's assistant Alpha 5 sends the Rangers to the distant planet Phaedos to obtain the Great Power and save Zordon. On the Moon, Ivan usurps Rita and Zedd, trapping them in a snow globe, then sends his Tengu warriors to Phaedos and begins building an army. He uses children to bring his ooze to their parents, and it hypnotizes them into becoming his workforce to dig up his Ecto-Morphicon Titans, twin war machines built during his reign. When Fred Kelman, a friend of the Rangers', discovers his father missing, he finds him working at the construction site and discovers Ivan's plans.

On Phaedos, the Rangers are almost killed by the Tengu, but are rescued by Dulcea, Phaedos' Master Warrior. She initially tells them to leave for their own safety, but after hearing of Zordon's plight, she agrees to help them and takes them to an ancient ruined temple where the Rangers will have to overcome obstacles to acquire the power of the Ninjetti. Dulcea awakens each Rangers' animal spirit: Aisha Campbell is the bear, Rocky DeSantos is the ape, Billy Cranston is the wolf, Kimberly Ann Hart is the crane, Adam Park is the frog and Tommy Oliver is the falcon. The Rangers make their way to the Monolith housing the Great Power, defeating its Stone Gargoyle guardians, and retrieve the Great Power.

On Earth, Ivan's Ecto-Morphicons are completely unearthed, and he unleashes them on Angel Grove, ordering the parents to commit suicide at the construction site. Fred, Bulk, Skull and the other kids head to the construction site to save their parents. The Rangers return with their new animal-themed Ninja Zords and destroy one of Ivan's Ecto-Morphicons, Scorpitron. Ivan takes control of Hornitor and becomes a giant and battles the Rangers himself as the Rangers combined their Zords to form the Ninja Megazord and later the Ninja Falcon Megazord. The Rangers lead Ivan into space right into the path of Ryan's Comet, which destroys him. His destruction breaks the hypnosis and the parents are reunited with their children. The Rangers then use the Great Power to restore the Command Center and resurrect Zordon, later on everything returns back to normal in Angel Grove as a celebration was held with fireworks shooting up to the sky and a message saying "Thank You Power Rangers".

In a mid-credits scene, Goldar briefly lounges in Zedd's throne, being served by Mordant, only to panic when Zedd and Rita appear, having been released after Ivan was destroyed, and not very happy over Goldar and Mordant siding with Ivan earlier.

Cast[edit]

Voices[edit]

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Release[edit]

The film was released on June 30, 1995 by 20th Century Fox.

Marketing[edit]

Family entertainment center chain Discovery Zone promoted the release of the film by giving away Power Rangers Wrist Activators (with 33 messages) to customers who bought a Discovery Zone Summer Power Pass. Discovery Zone also gave away one of six Power Rangers Movie Challenge cards for free during each visit. This promotion lasted the entire summer.[5]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on VHS and LaserDisc in late 1995 and then as a double feature with 1997's Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie on a double-sided DVD in 2001 by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Bonus features included a theatrical trailer and a "Making Of" featurette. The film was then released separately on a single-sided DVD in 2003.

The film was re-released with different packaging on DVD in 2011. The film was then re-released in 2017 in a bundled set with Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (this time as two single-sided DVD discs) to coincide with the reboot film Power Rangers.

On May 9, 2018, it was announced that Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie would be released on Blu-ray for the first time by Shout! Factory as an extra disc included in their 25th anniversary DVD steelbook box set of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series.[6] Shout! Factory released a standalone Blu-ray Disc on June 4, 2019.[7]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

In its opening weekend, the film earned $13.1 million, coming in fourth behind Apollo 13, Pocahontas, and Batman Forever.[8] It ultimately grossed $66.4 million against a $15 million budget, making it a financial success.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

The film holds a 37% "Rotten" rating with a 4.5 average score based on 35 reviews on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, with the site's consensus saying, "For better and for worse -- too often the latter -- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie captures the thoroughly strange aesthetic of the television series that inspired it".[9] Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times thought it 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 likable "comic-book look and sense of wonder" and wholesome high school characters parents would approve of.[10]

Caryn James of The New York Times thought that story-wise, it 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 its running time is spent showing the Rangers without their powers.[11] Roger Ebert gave it only half a star out of a possible four stars, saying that it 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. He 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.[12] Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle found the fights "only adequately choreographed," called the battle in the climax "a complete disaster" and stating that it made no sense in timing, that protagonists were not very intelligent, and the actors playing them unremarkable.[13]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Petrikin, Chris (February 18, 1998). "Fox renamed that toon". Variety. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  2. ^ "MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS (PG) (!)". British Board of Film Classification. 1995-07-11. Retrieved 2013-03-19.
  3. ^ a b c Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie at Box Office Mojo
  4. ^ Gritten, David (1995-06-28). "Oberon to Ooze--It's All in a Day's Work". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
  5. ^ "Discovery Zone Ad- MMPR Movie (1995)". YouTube. Alphabet Inc. September 30, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  6. ^ "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Complete Series [25th Anniversary Limited Steelbook Edition] + Exclusive Lithograph". Shout! Factory. 2018-08-07. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  7. ^ "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie". Shout! Factory. 2019-06-12. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  10. ^ Thomas, Kevin (1995-06-30). "A Dazzling Leap From TV to Big Screen for 'Rangers'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
  11. ^ James, Caryn (1995-06-30). "FILM REVIEW; For Power Rangers, Bikinis Are Not The Issue". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-07.
  12. ^ "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie". RogerEbert.com. June 30, 1995. Retrieved 2010-08-07.
  13. ^ Lasalle, Mick (1995-06-30). "Mighty Mindless 'Rangers'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-08-25.

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