Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie

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Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie
Turbo a power rangers movie.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Produced byJonathan Tzachor
Written by
Based onGekisou Sentai Carranger By Toei Company
Starring
Music byShuki Levy
CinematographyIlan Rosenberg
Edited by
  • Henry Richardson
  • B.J. Sears
Production
companies
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • March 28, 1997 (1997-03-28)
Running time
99 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States[3]
LanguageEnglish
Box office$9.6 million[4]

Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie is a 1997 American superhero film directed by David Winning and Shuki Levy and written by Levy and Shell Danielson. It was produced by Saban Entertainment and Toei Company, Ltd., and was distributed by 20th Century Fox.[5] The film stars Johnny Yong Bosch, Nakia Burrise, Steve Cardenas, Jason David Frank, Austin St. John, Catherine Sutherland, Jason Narvy, Paul Schrier, Hilary Shepard Turner, Amy Jo Johnson, and Blake Foster.

The film takes place after the events of the Power Rangers Zeo television season, with the new cast and characters from the film becoming cast members of both Zeo and its successor, Power Rangers Turbo, with the film's events leading into the successor series. As with its television season, the film used concepts and costumes from the Japanese Super Sentai series Gekisou Sentai Carranger. Sets and costumes created for original characters in the film were later used in the television series, with the film's climactic antagonist Maligore being reused for the evil Dark Specter in the subsequent Power Rangers in Space season.

The film was released on March 28, 1997 to generally unfavorable reviews. It was criticized for its visual effects and campiness, but critics praised the performance of its cast.

Plot[edit]

On a distant planet, a wizard named Lerigot is being hunted by Divatox; an intergalactic space pirate, who seeks his golden key to traverse an inter-dimensional gateway and enter into matrimony with Maligore, a demon promising to grant her great riches and power. Lerigot escapes Divatox's forces and travels to Earth in search of Zordon and his friend Alpha 5, but instead arrives in Africa. Weakened by the sun's ultraviolet rays, Lerigot meets a pack of chimpanzees and wanders off with them. Meanwhile, Divatox sets off for Earth in pursuit.

In Angel Grove, Rocky DeSantos, Adam Park, and Tommy Oliver are training for a martial arts tournament for a charity fighting competition to save the Youth Shelter, when Rocky accidentally injures his back. Katherine Hillard and Tanya Sloan arrive with Justin Stewart, a kid who admires Rocky and frequents the shelter. As Rocky is rushed to the hospital, Justin follows the group and learns they are Power Rangers. Zordon sends Tommy and Kat to search for Lerigot. They manage to find him and return to the Power Chamber.

Divatox's nephew Elgar, searches for two human sacrifices to revive Maligore. He abducts Farkus "Bulk" Bulkmeier and Eugene "Skull" Skullovitch, but Divatox rejects them for not being pure of heart. Divatox finds Kimberly Hart and Jason Lee Scott scuba diving nearby, and captures them. While recovering, Lerigot is contacted by Divatox, who has captured his family and demands he surrender himself. Divatox also uses Kimberly and Jason to pressure the Rangers. At the exchange site, Elgar tricks the Rangers and captures Lerigot.

Zordon and Alpha create new powers for the Rangers to defeat Divatox. With the new Turbo powers and their new vehicular Zords, the Rangers drive across the desert to a ship called the Ghost Galleon. They are joined by Justin, who has received Rocky's Blue Ranger powers. On Divatox's submarine, Jason and Kim come up with a plan to escape. Bulk, Skull and Kimberly escape the sub, but Jason is trapped and left behind.

After Divatox and the Rangers traverse the gateway and reach the island where Maligore is, Divatox torpedoes the Ghost Galleon and the Rangers narrowly escape. Kimberly is recaptured and taken to Divatox. The Rangers arrive at the volcano temple with Maligore's prison to see Jason and Kimberly hanging, before the two are lowered into the lava possessed by Maligore and attack the Rangers mercilessly. The Rangers free Lerigot and his wife Yara, who then free Kimberly and Jason from Maligore's possession.

Angered, Divatox sacrifices Elgar, and successfully reviving Maligore from his prison. The Rangers combine their Turbo Zords to form the Turbo Megazord to fight Maligore. They defeat him and send him over a cliff and into the ocean, destroying him as Divatox and Rygog flee, vowing vengeance. The Rangers pick up Jason, Kimberly, Lerigot, Yara, Bulk and Skull and return to Angel Grove. At the tournament, Jason takes Rocky's place, and they win the fight, earning the prize money to save the shelter.

Cast[edit]

Additionally, Gregg Bullock plays Lt. Jerome Stone, Bulk and Skull's superior at the police force; Richard Genelle reprises his role as Ernie, the Angel Grove Gym and Juice Bar's owner; Winston Richard plays Zordon, an inter-dimensional being and the Rangers' mentor, with Bob Manahan voicing the character; and Donene Kistler plays Alpha 5, a robot from Edenoi and Zordon's assistant, with Richard Wood voicing Alpha 5.

Jon Simanton portrays Lerigot, a wizard who holds a magical key that can open portals to worlds and realms, while Alexis Lang provided the voice for the character. Lang also voices Rygog, one of Divatox's henchmen. J.B. Levine voice Yara and Bethel, Lerigot's respective wife and daughter. Danny Wayne Stallcup physically portrays Elgar, Divatox's dimwitted nephew, while David Umansky provides his voice. Mike Deak portrays Maligore, Divatox's fiancé. Carla Perez reprises her role as Rita Repulsa, a sorceress who has fought the Power Rangers in the past, with Barbara Goodson providing her voice.

Production[edit]

As opposed to the story-line and CGI Megazord used in the first Power Rangers film, this entry is canon and utilizes the actual costume of the Turbo Megazord, appearing in American footage (the main series would rely on the Carranger footage). According to a 2013 post on Johnny Yong Bosch's Facebook page, the original script called for a lengthy underwater battle using the Zeo Ranger powers, wherein the Power Rangers emerge with tattered costumes. The unused plot would also explained how the Turbo powers were created. It was also originally scripted that Billy Cranston (the original Blue Ranger) had created the Turbo powers with Zordon and Alpha 5. While this plot element was ultimately dropped from the theatrical release, the concept of torn outfits would be used for the Turbo season finale. Also, whereas Hilary Shepard Turner appears as Divatox in the film, by the time filming began for the TV series, she had taken maternity leave, thus being replaced by Carol Hoyt. In the 26th episode "The Darkest Day" seven episodes after the four Veteran Rangers resign and transfer their powers to a new team (filmed after a hiatus of several months), Shepard resumed the role of Divatox, continuing through Power Rangers in Space.

Release[edit]

Box office[edit]

Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie opened theatrically on March 28, 1997 in 2,113 venues. It earned $3.3 million in its opening weekend, ranking number 7 in the domestic box office.[7] At the end of its run, the film had grossed $8.4 million in North America and $1.3 million overseas for a worldwide total of $9.6 million.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes it has an approval rating of 16% approval rating based on 19 reviews, with an average rating of 3.8/10.[8] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has received an average score of 35 out of 100, which indicates "generally unfavorable reviews", based on 9 reviews.[9]

Joe Leydon of Variety gave a negative review of the film, criticizing the "high-camp cheesiness" while praising the acting of both Hilary Shepard Turner and Amy Jo Johnson.[10] Lawrence Van Gelder of The New York Times criticized the film's storyline and dialogue while he praised the visual effects and production values.[11]

Conversely, Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times gave a positive review, 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." He also praised Turner's acting and the visual effects.[5]

Soundtrack[edit]

Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedMarch 18, 1997
Recorded1996
GenreSoundtrack
Length41:05
LabelMercury Records
Saban Records
ProducerRon Kenan
Howard Paar
Power Rangers Film Soundtrack chronology
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Movie: Original Motion Picture Score Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the licensed soundtrack to the film. It was released by Mercury Records on March 18, 1997 on Audio CD and Compact Cassette.

Album information[edit]

The album serves a dual purpose, as it not only used much of the music heard in the movie, but also contained several tracks from Power Rangers: Zeo.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Fulflej - Shift Into Turbo
  2. Super Power - Power Rangers Turbo, Go! (Main Theme)
  3. The Mighty Raw - Hope For The World
  4. Ellen ten Damme - Turbo Time
  5. Super Power - Invincible
  6. The Mighty Raw - Unite!
  7. Super Power - Let's Rock 'N Roll
  8. OO-spies - Freewheelin'
  9. Super Power - Big Bang
  10. Zeo & The Mighty Raw - Power Rangers Zeo/Go Go Power Rangers (Main Theme)
  11. Super Power - Go Gold Ranger
  12. Super Power - Enemies Beware
  13. Super Power - Here Comes The Power Again
  14. Super Power - Calling For A Hero

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
1998 Young Artist Award[12] Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor Blake Foster Nominated

Home media[edit]

The film was released on July 8, 1997 on VHS and LaserDisc. The film (as well as 1995's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie) was then released on a two-sided DVD disc on March 13, 2001, and then re-released (just this film) on a single-sided disc in 2003. This film was re-released with different packaging in 2011. The film was then re-released in March 2017 in a bundled set with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (this time as two single-sided DVD discs) to coincide with the film Power Rangers.

In 2019, it was announced that Shout! Factory had acquired the rights to re-release the movie and confirmed that Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie would be released for the first time on Blu-ray, where it would be released standalone on July 30, 2019.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Petrikin, Chris (February 18, 1998). "Fox renamed that toon". Variety. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  2. ^ "TURBO - A POWER RANGERS MOVIE (PG)". British Board of Film Classification. June 6, 1997. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  3. ^ "Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Thomas, Kevin (March 28, 1997). "Power Rangers Encounter 'Turbo'-Charged Villainess". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 22, 2010.
  6. ^ "TV Playbook: Let's Add a Kid!". IGN. Retrieved August 15, 2010.
  7. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for March 28-30, 1997". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. March 31, 1997. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  8. ^ "Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  9. ^ "Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  10. ^ Leydon, Joe (March 26, 1997). "Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie". Variety. Penske Media LLC. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  11. ^ Van Gelder, Lawrence (March 29, 1997). "'You Have No Choice, Humans.' Really". The New York Times. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  12. ^ "19th Annual Young Artist Awards". Archived from the original on April 14, 2015. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
  13. ^ "Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie". Shout! Factory. July 30, 2019. Retrieved April 12, 2019.

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