Show Notes – Power Rangers Movie (1995)

Might Morphin Power Rangers the Movie (1995) – Episode 35

  • Much like the television season that followed the release, it used concepts from the Japanese Super Sentai series Ninja Sentai Kakuranger.
  • It is the first Power Rangers production from Saban Entertainment not to feature any archived footage from Super Sentai.
  • Released: June 30, 1995 with a run time of 95 minutes
  • Had a budget of $15 million with a box office of $66.4 million
  • Four different video game titles based on the film were released for the Super NES, Sega Genesis, Game Boy, and Game Gear.
  • Holds a 50% “Rotten” rating based on 22 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, but there is no summarized consensus given for it
  • Roger Ebert gave it only half a star out of a possible four stars, saying that it’s: “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.

Produced by

  • Haim Saban
    • Haim Saban first came across the parent series, while on a business trip to Japan. Based on the series popularity in Japan Saban quickly realized there was potential for an American adaption. He and his business partner Shuki Levy quickly produced a pilot and according to Levy, “shopped it around for at least five years, but nobody wanted it.” eventually however Fox Kids decided to pick it up.
  • Shuki Levy
    • Co-founder of Saban wrote & directed many of the Saban series episodes
    • Also wrote much of the music for those shows
  • Suzanne Todd
    • produced the ground-breaking musical Across The Universe
    • produced Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (2010), which grossed over $1 billion
    • produced Memento 2000
    • Austin Powers Trilogy (1997-2002)–grossed over half a billion
    • GI Jane (1997)

Production Company

Distributed by

Screenplay by

  • Arne Olsen
    • All Dogs Go To Heaven…2

Story by

  • John Kamps
    • The Borrowers 1997
    • Zathura: A Space Adventure 2005
  • Arne Olsen

Music by

  • Graeme Revell
    • The Crow (1994), Street Fighter (1994), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), The Craft (1996), The Crow: City of Angels (1996), The Saint (1997), Spawn (1997), The Negotiator (1998), Bride of Chucky (1998), Titan A.E. (2000), Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), Freddy vs. Jason (2003), Daredevil (2003) and Sin City (2005). He is also known for his frequent collaborations with director David Twohy, having scored Below (2002) and the Riddick franchise.

Cast

  • Jason David Frank as
  • Tommy Oliver, The White Ranger
  • Wields the White Tiger Sword
    • Jason David Frank. Born 1973 (age 43)
    • Originally auditioned for the red ranger, but came back later and auditioned for and got the green ranger role
    • With his knowledge of many different styles of martial arts, Frank collected the most practical applications, modified them with his own philosophies and created his own blend of American Karate, “Toso Kune Do“.
    • June 28, 2003, he was inducted into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame
    • Guinness World Record (Most pine boards broken in freefall) in 2013
  • Amy Jo Johnson as Kimberly Hart, The Pink Ranger
    • Amy Jo Johnson Born 1970 (age 46)
    • Was also on  Felicity as Julie (WB series created by JJ Abrams 98-2002)
    • Was a regular on the Canadian show Flashpoint
    • Competeded internationally as a Gymnast in the uneven bars, vault, beam, and floor
    • Musician with 3 albums
  • David Yost as Billy Cranston, The Blue Ranger
    • David Yost. Born in 1969 (age 48)
    • Was a gymnast who won state championships in Iowa and Montana
    • Has a BA in communications
    • Was in more than 200 episodes of Power Rangers
    • He was the only cast member to appear in every single episode of the original series; his character never changed his colors or passed on his power coins to successors like the rest of the original cast.
    • Currently on the convention circuit, he is also a director and producer, having worked on several TV movies
  • Karan Ashley as Aisha Campbell, The Yellow Ranger
    • Born 1975 (age 41)
  • Johnny Yong Bosch as Adam Park, The Black Ranger
    • voiced Vash the Stampede in Trigun
    • And Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach
  • Steve Cardenas as Rocky DeSantos, The Red Ranger
    • 5th degree black belt in Taekwondo and a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
    • had no previous acting experience and had to learn on the job
    • holds multiple awards from martial arts contests, including two Silver Medals at Copa Pacifica (2009 and 2011), Gold Medal winner of the 2009 American National Championship, Gold Medal in the 2010 Jujitsu Pro Gear Open, and Silver Medal in the 2010 No-Gi World Championships
  • Paul Schrier as Farkas “Bulk” Bulkmeier
    • was the last original cast member to leave the show. Schrier has also done some directing work, directing a few Power Rangers episodes, 16 episodes of the Hello Kitty animated series, and a short film, “An Easy Thing”. He is also an artist, having worked on the comic book The Red Star.
  • Jason Narvy as Eugene “Skull” Skullovitch
  • Paul Freeman as Ivan Ooze
  • Ivan Ooze was a tyrant 6,000 years ago, until he was imprisoned in an egg-shaped Hyperlock Chamber by Zordon and a small group of young warriors, who presumably were the precursors to the modern Power Rangers. When his hyperlock chamber is unearthed by an Angel Grove construction crew, Ivan was released by Lord Zedd after 6,000 years of imprisonment. Apparently, he was most angered by the boredom of his lengthy imprisonment, being forced to miss several disasters throughout Earth’s history such as the Black Death, the Spanish Inquisition, and the 1981 reunion of The Brady Bunch. He also claims that he “had a Charley horse since the Renaissance.” Ivan proceeds to demolish the Command Center and fatally injure Zordon and Alpha 5, leaving the Rangers powerless to morph, fight or even call their Zords.
    • Paul Freeman is best known for his roles as rival archaeologist René Belloq in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)…He chose…poorly
    • was also in Hot Fuzz
  • Gabrielle Fitzpatrick as Dulcea
  • Nicholas Bell as Zordon (outside of the tube)
  • Peta-Maree Rixon as Alpha 5
  • Jean Paul Bell as Mordant
  • Kerry Casey as Goldar (suit actor)
    • George of the Jungle 2 -monkey suit
    • Moulin Rouge
  • Mark Ginther as Lord Zedd
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles II: Secret of the Ooze (1991) as the mutant wolf Rahzar (1991)
    • Wild Wild West (1999)
  • Julia Cortez as Rita Repulsa
  • Jamie Croft as Fred Kelman
  • Paul Goddard and Robert Simper as Construction workers
    • Agent Brown in the film The Matrix and Stark in the science fiction television series Farscape.

Voices

  • Kerrigan Mahan as Goldar
    • Bunta Fujiwara in Initial D 1st & 2nd stage (dub)
  • Robert L. Manahan as Zordon
    • voice of Zordon in the later two and a half seasons of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Power Rangers Zeo, several episodes of Power Rangers Turbo and Power Rangers in Space.
  • Robert Axelrod as Lord Zedd
    • appeared in several productions by comedy duo Tim & Eric.
    • also was Finster, the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers monster maker
    • Armadillomon, Ankylomon, Wizardmon on Digimon
  • Barbara Goodson as Rita Repulsa
    • Mother Talzin on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, for which she won a Best Actress award from Behindthevoiceactors.com
  • Richard Wood as Alpha 5
  • Martin G. Metcalf as Mordant
  • Aisha is the bear, Billy is the wolf, Rocky is the ape, Kimberly is the crane, Tommy is the falcon, and Adam is the frog.

 

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mighty_Morphin_Power_Rangers:_The_Movie

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113820/

Theatrical trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgMfbMwSzqA

Roger Ebert Review: http://www.rogerebert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19950630/REVIEWS/506300304/1023

 

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