Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie finally put Angel Grove’s mightiest protectors on the big screen. Like every other kid who grew up in the 90’s, I loved the Power Rangers. Although I never watched the series regularly, I did have episodes on VHS, awesome toys, and I was even a Power Ranger for Halloween. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers has a very unique origin. Footage from Japanese series Super Sentai was repurposed for a cheaply made American series. Airing on Fox Kids, the Power Rangers wowed generations with their campy martial arts fighting, giant fighting Zords, and teenagers with attitude. So a big budget movie was set for release between seasons 2 & 3. I watched the movie frequently on VHS despite my limited knowledge. The movie is the first Power Rangers property not to rely on repetitive Japanese stock footage.
Meaning more detailed costumes, a bigger Angel Grove, and CGI instead of suits. The CGI didn’t age well at all, but I still love the movie for all its cheesy one-liners and constant posing. Right off the bat you know this is the 90’s since everyone is extreme skydiving, then roller blading. If you’re a casual fan like me, then three of the Rangers will probably confuse you. Power Rangers originally consisted of Jason the Red Ranger, Billy the Blue Ranger, Kimberly the Pink Ranger, Trini the Yellow Ranger, and Zach the Black Ranger. Their disembodied floating head leader Zordon gave them power while his nervous robot assistant Alpha 5 looked over things. Favorite character Tommy the Green Ranger fought, then joined the team until he became the White Ranger. Jason, Trini, and Zach all left the team possibly because of race related color coordination. So they were replaced by the less memorable Rocky, Aisha, and Adam. They got to be in the movie, but that’s ok. Bully duo Bulk & Skull are of course around too.
The movie is basically a really long version of the pilot “Day of the Dumpster.” Except main antagonist Rita Repulsa, Lord Zedd, Goldar, and Mordant are all upstaged by Ivan Ooze. An over-the-top megalomaniac with oozy powers who wounds Zordon and strips the Power Rangers of their power for a majority of the movie. There’s still plenty of Ranger fighting, but it’s a long journey in between. They travel to a distant planet where a sexy Amazon warrior gives them new toy friendly personas. With Ninjetti and the great power on their side, Dino Zords are replaced by animal themed Zords. Meanwhile, Ivan Ooze digs up giant robot bugs with the help of Angel Grove’s parents. He also tells them to commit mass suicide which gives some kids something to do. The final Megazord fight is familiar, but just as exciting with crude CGI. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie may be non-canon, but that just means it can speak to a wider audience like myself.
Followed by: Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie