Film: Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie aka: Power Rangers
It's Morphin' Time!
The Movie adaptation of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, released between the show's second and third seasons and given a big budget treatment. It doesn't fit into the continuity of the series the events of the film are replaced in the third season. The Rangers, villains, and Command Center are all radically different, accounting for where the movie's budget went to. In particular, the Rangers have a Powered Armor appearance and the special effects were a far cry from the series.The plot: Rita and Zedd release another Sealed Evil in a Can, a Shapeshifting glob known as Ivan Ooze, with the hope he will become a new minion. Unfortunately, he proves that there is a very good reason he was sealed away. Trapping Zedd and Rita in a snowglobe, crippling the Rangers' Command Center, and destroying their powers, he sets out to rebuild monstrous creatures that he began years ago. The Rangers depart for the planet Phaedos to find "The Great Power" to re-energize themselves and return to stop Ooze.
The Artifact: Much like the series, the suits remain the same even after switching to a completely different set of powers. Although at least in the movie, the chest pieces displaying their animal does switch from dinosaurs/mythological creatures to the ninja animals.
Big Good: Almost nowhere else in the franchise has Zordon been as revered as the epitome of all that is good. Ooze visibly rages after hearing his name and Dulcea only helps the Rangers when she learns that Zordon is in trouble. The only season that came as close was Power Rangers in Space.
Big Red Button: The Ninja Megazord has one that Aisha needs to break a glass panel to use.
Billy: You ooze, you lose! Rocky: Talk about a splitting headache! Tommy: Eight ball, corner pocket! Aisha: Kiss and make up! Kimberly: Have a nice trip... See you next Fall. Kimberly: Let's rock his world.
Broad Strokes: Pretty explicitly used, with such dramatic a departure in visual style from the series it's almost like seeing a completely different product altogether. But the core actors were the same, and the Ranger costumes and non-human characters are instantly identifiable (although Zedd and Rita lack most of their series minions and have a brand new one). It can be assumed that the general story of the series effectively forms the backstory to this film.
The opening text scroll does mention that Zordon recruited 6 teens, which would imply that unlike the show Tommy was always part of team. But that might been done for simplicity sake.
California Doubling: The series was filmed and set in California, while the movie was filmed in Australia. The movie actually looks rather good for its budget, and some industry analysts have suggested it helped promote the use of Australia as a cheap filming location.
Call Back: When Kimberly finally boards her new Zord.
We couldn't get a cab, 'cause we ain't got no money! We missed the last train but we thought... We'd get the night bus but the night bus never came! We'd almost gone home and it started to... * thunderclap*
Darker and Edgier: They actually mention several times about people possibly dying, including Zordon and the group of brainwashed parents. Kids are also seen at a Rave of some sort (including Bulk and Skull), smearing themselves with Ivan's Ooze and implying it to be some sort of delinquent party. There is even a news broadcast reporting on the destruction being caused by Ooze's monsters.
Reporter: The mayor has declared a state of emergency...
The Day The Music Lied: As the team morphs for the first time in the film, we are treated to a pumped-up version of the theme song and obligatory posing, after which it is revealed that the bad guys have fled the scene during all the buildup. Even the post-reveal guitar riff sounds disappointed.
Disney Death: Zordon. Near the end of the film, while Ivan Ooze causes damage on the Earth and the Power Rangers are returning with their new-found powers, Zordon tells Alpha, "Keep trying..." before breathing his last on the news anchorwoman's words, "Where are the Power Rangers?" When they return to the ruined Command Center after destroying Ooze, they hear from Alpha that they are too late, and they see Zordon's pale body lying on the broken pillar. Fortunately, with all their powers combined by concentration, the Command Center is restored by their World-Healing Wave, and he is brought Back from the Dead, restored as an entity once more.
Evil Is Not a Toy: Ooze thanks Zedd and Rita for freeing him by shrinking them down and trapping them in a snowglobe.
It was more for Zedd trying to zap him for saying he (Ooze) should be in charge. He thanked them exactly as they wished: by destroying the Command Center and putting Zordon on the road to a nasty death. Of course, he probably planned to do it anyway.
Faux Affably Evil: Ivan Ooze is one of the most entertaining Power Rangers villains; he is clearly evil but just enjoys himself so much. He even has some of the most memorable lines of the entire franchise.
"Hey, You!" Haymaker: Averted. Fred found his dad at the construction site and tries to get his attention, when Goldar appears shouting "Hey you!". He thought he's been spotted, until... "Get back to work!" to another hypnotized parent.
Hot Amazon: Dulcea, the tall, fit master warrior of Phaedos who flirted with Adam when he felt disappointed about his spirit animal being a frog by describing him as a "handsome prince". She wasn't entirely sweet, though, kinda pushy and standoffish at first (the Amazon part being proven when she pinned Tommy with her staff effortlessly) until they mentioned Zordon.
Humongous Mecha: The Rangers' Ninja Zords and Ivan's Ecto-Morphicon Titans - Scorpitron and Hornitor.
Ms. Fanservice: Dulcea, obviously, but we can't forget about Kimberly's outfit. Inverted with Aisha was wearing a sweatshirt and sweatpants. Poor Karan Ashley mentioned in an interview that she almost had a heatstroke multiple times being dressed like that in the Australian summer and still do action scenes.
Ivan Ooze: So, they've all been destroyed? Tengu: Well... we were about to destroy them, when... Ivan Ooze: What, you didn't kill them?
Another example, which is something of a subversion: In the trailer for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, Billy says that Zordon is "aging at an accelerated rate". In the actual movie, however, he explicitly says that Zordon is dying.
Dulcea would "age as rapidly as Zordon" if she ever gets close to the Great Power.
Fred: If you don't come with me right now, our parents are going to die!
Ivan might have assumed his reputation spread across the universe.
The Ranger morphed forms also have wildly different weapons and modes they can switch into, the Red Rangers' scanning visor, the Yellow Rangers' headlights, Pink Rangers' "thunderwhip" and the Blue Rangers' zip line.
No Immortal Inertia: Zordon begins aging "at an accelerated rate" when Ivan breaks open the time-warp capsule. Later on, Dulcea tells the Rangers that she too will age rapidly if she leaves her domain on the planet Phaedos.
Non-Serial Movie: Despite being based off the popular Power Rangers franchise, and sharing the same cast, the movie isn't part of the show's continuity - Season 3 started off with a similar story arc to the plot of the movie.
Nubile Savage: Dulcea. There was actually a little bit of outrage over the outfit, while it shows a lot of skin it wasn't too provocative (a skirt made of wide strips of fabric and a top that didn't show much cleavage), but a publicity photo showing her pining Tommy to the ground had a Male Gaze-ish angle and made it look worse than it was.
Oh Crap: Ooze, as he's about to be hit by a comet.
Goldar and Mordant at the end of the movie, when Rita and Zedd return.
One-Winged Angel: Basically what Ooze does at the end, he merges with his own monster and mutates it into a giant robotic version of himself.
Opening Monologue: The film opens with a block of scrolling text with Dulcea reading it in voiceover. This explains Zordon's backstory and the formation of the Power Rangers briefly. The fact that it is read so straight is hilarious.
Prop Recycling: The first fight scene in the construction site involved the Rangers fighting mutant, humanoid rats. However, it was universally agreed upon that the rats looked absolutely horrible, and they were replaced with the Oozemen. The rats later showed up in the TV series, in Season 2's "Return of the Green Ranger."
And the Tengus were used in the third season as the Tengas.
Much later, one of the stone gargoyle-guardians the Ninjetti Rangers fight appeared in the background of an episode of Power Rangers SPD.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Mordant is terrified of the Ecto-Morphicons once they're activated and doesn't join Ivan and Goldar in watching them attack the city. Once Ivan combines with Hornitor, Goldar flies back to the moon. Neither of them are seen again until the post-credits sequence.
Slime Snails And Mutant Tails: Ivan Ooze has some of this appeal, also his plan to sell kids tubs of purple gunk doesn't make any sense unless you remember the decade's love for this sort of thing. (Remember Nickelodeon in the 90's based their whole business around slime.)
The Starscream: Played for laughs near the end of the film: with Ooze gone, Goldar thinks it's time to take over as the Big Bad, but that's just when Rita and Zedd come back...
Take That: A trope rarely used in Power Rangers. When Ivan Ooze laments the terrible things he missed while he was blowing up the command center and Zordon with it, the three things he mentions are "The Black Plague," "The Spanish Inquisition," and "TheBrady BunchReunion!""
Transformation Is a Free Action: Subverted twice. The first time the Rangers morph, they get to do the whole routine because the Oozemen take the opportunity to run away. When they suit up as Ninjetti, one of the rock-monsters hurls a spear at Aisha right at the end of the role call. "The Bear - WHOA!"
What Happened to the Mouse?: Saba, Tommy's sword in the series, makes a brief appearance to finish off the last of the Ooze-men. After Ivan trashed the Command Center, though, he vanished along with the rest of the Rangers' powers. Whether or not Saba made the transition with the acquisition of the ninja powers (as did the suits and as happened in the series) was not revealed, however.
Zordon's words seem to imply that when the Rangers lost their powers, Saba disintegrated along with all the other weapons.
You Have Failed Me: Ooze disintegrates his bird Mooks after they fail to stop the Power Rangers from going towards the Great Power and report back to him about this.
You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After brain-controlling all of the children's parents in the city, in order so they can work as his mind-controlled slaves to help build his weapons of mass destruction, once the task is completed, Ivan then sends the parents to walk off a cliff to their doom.
Your Size May Vary: Interestingly, the Zords in the movie are scaled down considerably from the series. Whereas in the show the monster and Megazords are taller than most of the buildings, the Ninja Megazord here couldn't be more than about 10-12 stories tall (individual zords were only about 3 stories tall). This is due to the fact that much of the filming for the CGI was in real locations and not just a model set on a sound stage, the Falconzord especially wouldn't be able to fly between the buildings if it was any bigger. Though the tower Ooze uses as a weapon would have to shrink considerably for it to work the way it does.