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
Australia
Language English
Budget $15 million
Box office $66.4 million[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.[citation needed] 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 DeSantos, Adam Park, Billy Cranston, Aisha Campbell, Kimberly Hart and Tommy Oliver, 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. They avoid getting into trouble before a giant egg is unearthed from a chamber underground. The evil energy alerts Zordon – an interdimensional wizard and the Rangers' mentor – who warns them of Ivan Ooze; a morphological being bent on the conquest of Earth. Zordon sends the Rangers to return the egg to its chamber, unaware that Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa have already freed him and ordered him to destroy Zordon. Ivan leaves the Rangers to face his Oozelings while he lays siege to their Command Center and incapacitates Zordon. Meanwhile, the Rangers morph and dispatch the Oozelings before suddenly losing their powers. Making their way to the Command Center, they find it destroyed and Zordon outside of his time warp, now dying from rapid aging.

Zordon's robotic assistant Alpha 5 sends the Rangers to the planet Phaedos in hopes of obtaining the Great Power in order to save Zordon. Ooze usurps Rita and Zedd and traps them in a snowglobe. To avoid the same fate, their minions Goldar and Mordant agree to serve him. Ooze sends a squadron of bird-like Tengu warriors to Phaedos while he hatches a plan to unearth his Ectomorphicon Titans; massive vehicles he had constructed for his conquest that were buried near his chamber. He puts his ooze into mass production and after 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 into contact with the ooze, they're hypnotized by it and become Ivan's work force. When Fred discovers his own father missing, he finds him and the other parents at the construction site and discovers Ivan's plans.

The Rangers arrive on Phaedos and are almost killed by the Tengu until they are rescued by Dulcea, the planet's Master Warrior, who initially tells the Rangers to go back home, but when she hears of Zordon's plight, she agrees to help them and takes them to a ruined temple. Once there she gives them the power of the Ninjetti, showing the Rangers their animal spirits: Aisha is the bear, Billy is the wolf, Rocky is the ape, Kimberly is the crane and Tommy is the falcon. Adam is briefly disappointed in his spirit being the frog but Dulcea cheers him up. She shows them where the monolith housing the Great Power resides, but tells them that their journey has to be without her because if she went beyond the temple, she would age as rapidly as Zordon. As the Rangers quest through the jungle, they encounter an animate dinosaur-like skeleton which Tommy defeats before they find their way to the temple. Working together, they defeat the temple's four guardians and unlock the temple and the Great Power within, and their powers are restored.

On Earth, construction is completed on the machines and Ooze orders the parents to return to the dig site and leap to their dooms. Fred rushes to the rest of the kids and Bulk and Skull, celebrating at Ernie's and tells them of the situation, together they board the City's monorail and head to the construction site to save their parents. The Rangers return to Earth and call on their new Zords. They defeat one of the titans, which enrages Ivan, who combines himself with the other machine. The Rangers form the Ninja Megazord while Tommy saves the monorail, whose track was damaged by Ivan. Outmatched, the Ninja Megazord is damaged; Tommy combines his Zord, creating the Ninja Falcon Megazord to fight Ivan. Billy plots a course to outer space intending to lead Ivan into Ryan's Comet. Ooze pins them down, but Aisha causes him to lose his grip and they fly out of the path of destruction. Back on Earth, Ivan's destruction breaks his spell on the parents, who come to their senses as their kids and Bulk and Skull keep them from stepping over the cliff and Fred reunites with his dad. Returning to the Command Center, the Rangers learn to their sadness that Zordon has died. Using what they learned; that all things are possible, the teens use the Great Power to restore the Command Center and resurrect Zordon, reuniting them with their mentor.

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. In a mid-credits scene Goldar sits on Zedd's throne calling himself "King Goldar, the ruler of the universe" before Zedd and Rita enter, growling at their turncoat behavior. Goldar and Mordant look at each other and nervously proclaim "Uh-oh!" and the credits roll.

Cast[edit]

Music[edit]

Adaptations in other media[edit]

Release[edit]

In its opening weekend, the film came in fourth with $13,104,788 behind Apollo 13 and holdovers Pocahontas and Batman Forever.[4] The film ultimately grossed $66,433,194 against a $15 million budget, making it a financial success.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

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 by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Bonus features included a theatrical trailer and a "Making Of" featurette. The film is sometimes bundled with 1997's Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie as a double feature.

The film, along with Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, was re-released with different packaging on DVD 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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