Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie facts for kids
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|Directed by||Bryan Spicer|
|Screenplay by||Arne Olsen|
|Music by||Graeme Revell|
|Editing by||Wayne Wahrman|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Release date(s)||June 30, 1995|
|Running time||95 minutes|
|Money made||$66.4 million|
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie is a 1995 American science fiction superhero film. 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. It is the first installment in Power Rangers film series. The film was released in between the second and third seasons of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, but are incompatible with season three, which provides a different explanation for the Rangers gaining their Ninja Ranger powers and Ninjazords, indicating they are set in different continuities.
Filming took place in and around Sydney and Queensland, Australia. This film was released June 30, 1995 and grossed $66.43 million worldwide, but received mixed reviews from critics. The critics praised its action sequences and performances, but felt that the film was nothing more than a longer episode of the series with better special effects, pointing to the plot and screenplay as the main faults. However, it is considered a cult classic.
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 sorcerer 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 lay siege to the Rangers' Command Center, incapacitating Zordon, and robbing the Rangers of their powers. As the Rangers return to the Command Center, they find it destroyed and Zordon, being outside his time portal, aging and 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, and forces Goldar and Mordant to be his servants, 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 is the bear, Rocky is the ape, Billy is the wolf, Kimberly is the crane, Adam is the frog and Tommy is the falcon. The Rangers make their way to the Monolith housing the Great Power, using their wits to defeat a live fossilized dinosaur skeleton, and then, the temple's Stone Gargoyle guardians, and they 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 recruits 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, after a difficult struggle, 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 combine their Zords to form the Ninja Megazord and later the Ninja Falcon Megazord, while with the kids push the parents back, while Fred, with help from Bulk and Skull, sprays them with a large amount of water. The Rangers lead Ivan into space right into the path of Ryan's Comet, which destroys him. Ivan's death breaks his hypnosis spell on the parents, who are reunited with their children. The Rangers then return to the Command Center, but are distraught to find Zordon has died. Then, they figure out how to use the Great Power to restore the Command Center and resurrect Zordon, returning him to his plasma Tube. Everything returns to normal in Angel Grove as a celebration is held at the Harbor with fireworks shooting up to the sky and a message saying "Thank You Power Rangers", which offends Bulk and Skull, despite the fact that they just played a major part in saving people's lives.
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 they are not very happy over Goldar and Mordant siding with Ivan earlier.
- Karan Ashley as Aisha Campbell, The Yellow Ranger
- Johnny Yong Bosch as Adam Park, The Black Ranger
- Steve Cardenas as Rocky DeSantos, The Red Ranger
- 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
- Jason Narvy as Eugene "Skull" Skullovitch
- Paul Schrier as Farkas "Bulk" Bulkmeier
- Paul Freeman as morphological being Ivan Ooze
- Gabrielle Fitzpatrick as Dulcea
- Nicholas Bell as Zordon
- Peta-Maree Rixon as Alpha 5
- Jean Paul Bell as Mordant
- Kerry Casey as Goldar
- Mark Ginther as Lord Zedd
- Julia Cortez as Rita Repulsa
- Jamie Croft as Fred Kelman
- Paul Goddard and Robert Simper as Construction workers
- Kerrigan Mahan as Goldar
- Robert L. Manahan as Zordon
- Robert Axelrod as Lord Zedd
- Barbara Goodson as Rita Repulsa
- Richard Wood as Alpha 5
- Martin G. Metcalf as Mordant
- See also: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Movie: Original Soundtrack Album and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Movie: Original Motion Picture Score
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