Film: Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie
aka: Mighty Morphin 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.
In August 2014, there was an announcement about a 2016 reboot. No definite details were given.
This film provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Dulcea, the tall, fit master warrior of Phaedos who defeated a flock of mooks and pinned Tommy with her staff effortlessly. Aisha and Kimberly also count, kicking nearly as much ass as the other rangers.
- All There in the Script:
- The "group of young warriors" who trapped Ivan Ooze were part of an organization called "The Order of Meledon". Zordon and Dulcea themselves were members.
- The planet Phaedos is located in the Hyperion Constellation.
- After the Order's enemies were defeated, Zordon continued to fight evil elsewhere.
- Dulcea is the last living member of an alien race, whose ancestors came to Phaedos from "another time, another dimension." They were the ones who brought the "Great Power" to the monolith.
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Ivan destroys the Command Center.
- Alternate Continuity: To the series where the Ninja Powers and zords were obtained by alternative means.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Ivan Ooze mentions several horrific things he missed out while he was imprisoned: "The Black Plague! The Spanish Inquisition! The Brady Bunch Reunion!" That last one was a Throw It In by the actor that everyone working on the project loved.
- 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 switch from dinosaurs/mythological creatures to the ninja animals.
- Back from the Dead: Zordon, near the end of the movie.
- Bare Your Midriff: Kimberly is stuck wearing a midriff baring skater's outfit when Zordon calls for them and she doesn't get a chance to change out of it. Makes you wonder why...
- 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. It's the Groin Attack button.
- Blob Monster: Ooze and his servants are made of purple slime.
- Blunt "Yes": The reaction Fred gets when trying to alert his peers to disaster:
Fred: You all think this is one big party, don't you?
Other Kids: Yeah!
- Bond One-Liner:
Billy: You ooze, you lose!
Billy: 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 mentions that Zordon recruited six teens, which would imply that unlike the show Tommy was always part of team but that might been done for simplicity sake.
- Brought Down to Normal: The Rangers lose their powers when Ivan attacks the Command Center and leaves Zordon near-death, and a significant portion of the plot involves them finding a way to get them back so they can stop him.
- 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.
- Card-Carrying Villain: The way Ivan introduces himself to the Rangers says it all:
"I am the galactically feared, globally reviled, universally despised... They call me Ivan Ooze!"
- Composite Character: Mordant basically serves Squatt and Baboo's function from the show. He's even fat like Squatt and has a monocle like Baboo.
- Canon Foreigner:
- Mordant. According to an early draft, he is Goldar's second cousin, three times removed on his mother's side, visiting for the summer, but this was written out for the final draft.
- Also Fred, who was plainly added for Kid Appeal. Ivan Ooze and Dulcea weren't in the show either, but at least had explanations for why they were making their first (and only) appearances here. Fred was treated as someone who had always been part of the cast.
- Canon Immigrant:
- This movie marked the first mention of Zordon being from the planet Eltar, which was later stated in the TV series. Word of God states this bit of information was always in the TV series bible. The movie just happened to be the first time it was ever stated on-screen.
- In an odd case, the Metallic Armor used in the show's third season was loosely based on the movie's merchandise, which gave all the Ranger figures a chrome-like shiny coating.
- Chainmail Bikini/Stripperiffic: Dulcea is obviously done as Fanservice for many, even the kids who were preteens at the time.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: A new, powerful villain appears and completely humiliates the old boss? Goldar never liked the old bosses anyway.
- Combat Pragmatist: The Ninja MegaFalconzord. See Groin Attack below.
- Continuity Nod: Alpha mentions that nobody can get into the Command Center without a Power Coin, a plot point first mentioned in the "Green With Evil" five-parter. Ivan Ooze, of course, disagrees. note
Alpha: "Well... Almost nobody!!"
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Used at the end of the movie to repair their decimated hidden base and restore Zordon to full health.
For those who possess the Great Power, all things are possible
- Cue the Rain: "Trouble" by Shampoo:
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...
- Damsel in Distress: Kimberly twice. The first time was when a zombie mastodon cornered her and Tommy came in. This one is justified due to being Brought Down to Normal (Kim is a natural gymnast, not a martial artist) and even Tommy had trouble with it. The second time was when her new Zord was trapped in Ooze's "electro magnetic zekze lock" but she used her thrusters to get out of that one.
- Darker and Edgier: This movie is significantly more serious then its parent series. They mention several times the possibility that people could die, 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.
- Despair Event Horizon: Zordon crosses it, after Ivan Ooze destroys the Command Center. He flat out tells the Rangers Ivan Ooze is victorious and there's nothing they can do; it's Alpha-5 that sets them out on their quest to find a new source of power.
- Disaster Democracy: Ooze invokes this, naming himself The Leader of the bad guys.
- 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.
- The Dreaded: As Ivan's introduction includes "globally feared" and he refers to himself as "the boogeyman".
- Dug Too Deep: The unveil of Ooze's egg is during a deep construction sight.
- Evil Laugh: Ivan Ooze performs one after declaring "WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE!"
- Evil Is Not a Toy / Eviler Than Thou: A complex example. Ooze is genuinely grateful for being freed and asks Zedd "How can I ever repay you?" Zedd tells him to destroy Zordon, which he does. However, this was a one-time favor. When Zedd continues to treat Ooze as a minion, it doesn't go so well.
"The Boogeyman is taking over."
- Evil Plan: Zed plans to use Ooze to end his war with Zordon. Ooze hijacks that plan into his own for conquest.
- A Father to Us All: Kimberly said this to Zordon-"Ever since you came into our lives you've been like a father to us all".
- Flat Character: The movie assumes you're already familiar with these characters and their roles from the TV show and so goes straight into the plot without character development. Why are you watching this otherwise?
- Genre Savvy: While nothing came of it, Rocky mentioned that they should continue on in case the bone creature pulls itself together.
- Groin Attack: The Megazord does it to Ivan Ooze. It even has a button designed for the sole purpose of activating this maneuver, covered by "For Emergency Use Only" glass.
- "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.
- High-Class Glass: Mordant for some reason wears a monocle. He's dimwitted, belches, and makes lame jokes.
- Hollywood Skydiving: The film opens with a skydiving scene that lasts for several minutes. Kimberly backflips out of the plane, Tommy skysurfs all the way down, and the whole thing is set to Higher Ground. It's totally awesome.
- Humongous Mecha: The Rangers' Ninja Zords and Ivan's Ecto-Morphicon Titans - Scorpitron and Hornitor.
- I Love the Smell of X in the Morning: "I love the smell of destruction in the evening."
- Incoming Ham: "Laaadies and gentlemen! The OOOOOZE is BACK!"
- Instrument of Murder: More like "Instrument of Destruction": When Ivan Ooze says to Zordon, "It's time... to pay the piper," Ooze takes out his piping flute and plays a bit like a literal piper before using the flute's electric powers to damage the entire Command Center and weaken Zordon to a withering mortal.
- I Want My Mommy: Skull screams this when he and Bulk skydive out of a plane in the beginning of the movie.
- Kid-Appeal Character: Fred is a preteen with his own sub-plot that runs parralel to the Power Ranger plot.
- Large Ham: Ivan Ooze is loud and passionate presence. Expect him to steal every scene he's in.
- Laughably 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.
- Monster Clown: Ivan Ooze, when selling his slime to kids, looks like he belongs in a carnival.
- Movie Superheroes Wear Black: Averted, but the costumes are more armored than the spandex outfits from the TV show, and have a darker color hue.
- Ms. Fanservice:
- Dulcea, obviously. Kimberly's outfit also counts.
- Inverted with Aisha, who was wearing a sweatshirt and sweatpants. Poor Karan Ashley mentioned in an interview that she came very close to developing heatstroke more than once in the Australian summer heat.
- My New Gift Is Lame / Blessed with Suck / Power Up Letdown: Adam is disappointed by his Ninjetti Spirit Animal.
"...I'm a frog."
- Mythology Gag: Rocky's street clothes in this movie are a modern version of his Red Ranger Sentai counterpart Geki's outfit.
- Nails on a Blackboard: The sound of Dulcea's sticks, as described by the Tengus.
- Never Say "Die": Averted:
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: In the trailer, Billy says that Zordon is "aging at an accelerated rate". In the movie itself, however, he explicitly says that Zordon is dying.
- Dulcea would "age as rapidly as Zordon" if she ever gets close to the Great Power.
- Also averted with this line:
Fred: If you don't come with me right now, our parents are going to die!
- New Powers as the Plot Demands:
- Parodied and averted, as Ivan's shapeshifting abilities were shown second only to his "teenager smelling" power. He might have assumed his reputation spread across the universe.
- The Ranger morphed forms 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 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 pinning 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 Hailey's comet.
- Goldar and Mordant at the end of the movie, when Rita and Zedd return, and he's just declared himself "King Goldar".
- One-Winged Angel: 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.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Upon arriving on Phaedos, the teens quickly discover the remains of an alien which failed to retrieve the great power. Although mostly humanoid, it had a very draconic skull, and its headset communicator was still intact even though the rest of the body was a skeleton.
- Parents in Distress: The subplot involving Fred, Bulk, and Skull has a large number of mind controlled parents commanded to "leap to your doom".
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide: Ivan Ooze takes control of the minds of Angel Grove's adults, who are then commanded to "leap to their doom" into a massive hole on a construction site. Bulk and Skull rally the kids to save the adults as the Rangers battle Ooze, with one of the kids holding them back with a water cannon, but it's not until Ooze's demise that his spell is broken and the adults are returned to normal.
- Pun: Pay the piper who is playing a piper flute.
- Recruit Teenagers with Attitude: When Ivan first meets the Rangers, he remarks that Zordon is "still using a bunch of kids to do his dirty work"; apparently, Zordon has been recruiting teenagers to his cause for the past 6000 years.
- Remember the New Guy: Mordant is a new minion that no one remarks on. The Manual has more information.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here! / Shoo Out the Clowns: 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.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The shapeshifting Ivan Ooze had been trapped underground for 6,000 years until his containment chamber was accidentally unearthed by a construction crew and later opened by Lord Zedd.
- Shout-Out: While Fred is spying at the construction site, Mordant can be heard yelling "Tote that barge, lift that bale!" in the background.
- Slime Snails And Mutant Tails: Ivan Ooze has some of this appeal, and 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...
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Mordant, taking the place of Squatt and Baboo.
- 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 "The Brady Bunch Reunion!""
- Title: The Adaptation: "Power Rangers the Movie"