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  • California Doubling: The series was filmed and set in California, while the movie was filmed in Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory 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.
  • Channel Hop: Unlike the rest of the Power Rangers franchise, this movie along with Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie were not included in the sale of Saban Entertainment to Disney in 2001, and both remained with Fox even after Disney sold the franchise back to Haim Saban in 2010 (who in turn sold the franchise to Hasbro eight years later). In a twist of irony, both films ended up at Disney when it acquired Fox in March 2019, giving Disney pieces of Power Rangers history once more.
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  • Deleted Role: Richard Genelle (Ernie) was actually present for the entire two months of filming and was supposed to appear in his new place for the movie, called Ernie's Waterside Cafe. The Waterside Cafe was meant to substitute for the Angel Grove Gym and Juice Bar and is only seen in the film when all of the Ooze-possessed kids, as well as Bulk and Skull, are found and recruited by the new kid character Fred Kelman. The Rangers were originally meant to arrive there at the end of the rollerblading sequence. This scene was intended to introduce Fred, with Bulk and Skull also being present.
  • Deleted Scene: At conventions, the film's actors have commented on various scenes filmed that didn't make it into the movie, such as the Rangers doing some preliminary training between being given the ninja robes by Dulcea and traversing into the forest. In particular, Tommy's was apparently seen practicing some superhuman kicks similar to the corkscrew kick he used to finish off the last gargoyle.
    • The first sequence inside the Command Center included exposition about the "Order of Medelan" that originally imprisoned Ivan Ooze, and had Zordon giving the Rangers new "Opt-Scan" devices for their helmets, one of which Rocky later uses in the construction site.
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    • Upon arriving on the planet Phaedos, the Rangers were to follow Dulcea into her home inside a temple, where she would teach them the ways of Ninjetti. This was cut after her character's last-minute double-recasting.
    • A scene of the Rangers resting inside Dulcea's compound, replete with colour-coordinated beds, where she would give exposition on her backstory and her connections to Ooze and Zordon was cut.
    • A number of scenes set in Angel Grove, showing Ivan's gradual takeover and brainwashing of both the adult and child population through his alter-ego as the Wizard. Many of these scenes also featured Bulk and Skull, who were reluctantly recruited by Ooze to work in the chemical plant.
    • Extended scenes of Ooze's robots rampaging through the streets.
    • A longer sequence of the kids wrecking the Waterside Cafe at Ooze's insistence.
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    • The extended climax was heavily trimmed due to a mix of time and budgetary issues:
      • Fred originally sprayed the kids at the Cafe with a firehouse to break them out of their brainwashing, explaining how he knows to use it against the adults. This was changed to him simply whistling and getting their attention.
      • Fred had a longer speech pleading the kids to fight back against Ooze, but it was cut due to Spicer being unsatisfied with the actor's performance.
      • Ooze was meant to stand atop the tower and shoot lightning from his hands, creating an army of monsters below. This scene was shot but cut after Spicer was unsatisfied with the depth of the image, due to the backdrop being smaller than anticipated.
      • An extended fight between Goldar and Ooze atop the tower.
  • No Stunt Double: Johnny Yong Bosch did all his own ninja suit stunts because his stunt actor had broken his leg during training. Jason David Frank also did many of his own stunts.
  • 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 Ooze Men. The rats later showed up in the TV series, in Season 2's "Return of the Green Ranger."
    • 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 S.P.D..
  • The Other Darrin: Zedd, Rita, Goldar, and Alpha are portrayed by different suit actors, though, thanks to their voice already being redubbed, they sound just the same as they did on the show (though Zedd sounds deeper than his show incarnation). Their suits are slightly modified as well, to go with the Darker and Edgier feel.
    • While Rita remains the same as she usually is (though with shorter hair spikes), the "Z" on Zedd's forehead crest is notably lower down, he gains platinum pauldrons, and the gaps in his helmet's mouth are more closed up. His brain is also visibly pulsating.
    • Goldar is between the two: He retains the same look overall, but his armor is a little "cutesier" than normal (no doubt to help with his more comedic role here), his face is more feline than monkey-like, his wings are a bit more bat-like than bird-like, and for some odd reason his sword is never seen nor mentioned.
      • Goldar looking more feline-like makes sense when you consider that his original suit's face is supposed to be leonine, as his Zyuranger self is based on a griffin.
    • Alpha retains the same overall look, but is increased in detail to the point of looking like a Star Wars droid. A few notable changes include the underside of his dome head now being a reflective silver, much more red on his body (particularly his legs), and his lightning bolt symbol now features crisscrossing red and green lines as opposed to flashing completely yellow.
    • Zordon is played by Nicholas Bell here; when he plays the character as he's dying, that's his real voice.
  • The Other Marty: Gabrielle Fitzpatrick was the original choice for Dulcea, but had to back out to remove a cyst. Mariska Hargitay (yes, that one) was brought in as her replacement. Filming ran longer than expected, along with some reported dissatisfaction with Hargitay in the role (ranging from her performance to how well she wore the costume) and Fitzpatrick returned. This actually resulted in discarding an extended sequence where Dulcea trains the Rangers in their proto-ninjetti powers (which are later seen in their fights), and they didn't have the time or budget to refilm with Fitzpatrick.
  • Scully Box: Paul Freeman wore boots to make him appear taller and more imposing.
  • Shoot the Money: The very first scene of the movie is a lengthy sky-diving sequence. It isn't the slightest bit relevant to the plot—the whole stunt is supposedly a fundraising gig for the Angel Grove Youth Center—but it's an effective way to show off the budget.
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  • Troubled Production: The film had a bunch of behind the scenes troubles. Paul Matthews, an art department electrician, would later go on to document some of these problems shortly after the film's production:
    • Director Bryan Spicer, not having seen the actual series, pretty much did a quick "fast-fowarding" run of the series, ensuing things would go wrong.
    • When Spicer was hired, there wasn't any script, so he had Arne Olsen write it.
    • When the Ranger suits were developed, the helmets were designed without visors or mouth pieces, intending on the heroes showing fear or worry. It wasn't until a little while later that Spicer and his crew realized that they were meant to be a fearless force to be reckoned with and they remolded the helmets to include those missing pieces.
    • Originally, Ivan Ooze was meant to mutate a bunch of rats for the Rangers to fight. However, the rat costumes proved to be too low budget even for the actual series, leading to the creation of the Ooze Men. The suits were fortunately spared and used in "The Return of the Green Ranger" three-parter.
    • Gabrielle Fitzpatrick, the original and final choice for Dulcea, was replaced partway by Mariska Hargitay. However, after filming her scenes, which included a training sequence, Spicer and his team felt she wasn't the right one for the job and they rehired Fitzpatrick, dumping all of those scenes.
    • Delays in the series forced the cast to remain in Australia for filming, forcing Saban to make the aforementioned "The Return of the Green Ranger" episode. This meant that six planned episodes, one of which would've feature the return of Scorpina, had to be jettisoned.
    • The filming for the final scene at Darling Harbour where the team is thanked turned into a disaster area when local radio shows caught wind of it and tried to turn it into a "Meet the Power Rangers" contest.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The film was originally planned to be shot at Warner Movie World/Village Roadshow Studios at the Gold Coast in Queensland, but it was booked for Street Fighter. However, with the help of 20th Century Fox executive vice president Jon Landau, the crew used the Sydney Showgrounds, which would later become Fox Studios Australia three years after this film was made. Warner Movie World/Village Roadshow Studios would eventually become the location where the jungle scenes were filmed towards the end of its production.
    • The producers originally intended for the Rangers' masks to not have their visors and mouth pieces, feeling that it removed any sense of personality. They realized that their changes were counter-intuitive to the point of wearing a helmet because they were supposed to be an elite, faceless fighting force. They went overbudget and over schedule to refilm the necessary scenes. This actually resulted in the second season of the show overlapping with the film production (they were supposed to finish filming it when they returned home to America), the last few episodes were filmed in Australia.
    • Ivan Ooze was originally conceived as an animalistic and grotesque but charismatic creature inspired by Klaus Kinski's performance and character in Nosferatu the Vampyre, down to using an army of plague-ridden, mutated rat-men to brainwash Angel Grove's adult population into servitude; a Knight of Cerebus to exemplify the raised stakes the Rangers faced. This angle was dropped in pre-production due to fears of frightening the intended target audience, and the rat-men were later dropped and replaced with the Tengu warriors.
    • Austin St. John (Jason), Walter Jones (Zack), and Thuy Trang (Trini) were originally slated to appear in the film, but due to their contract dispute halfway through Season 2, they were dropped.
    • After Ivan blew up his Tengu Warriors for failing, he originally created a colorful-feathered "Queen Tengu" out of their feathers.
    • Catherine Sutherland (Katherine Hillard, the second Pink Ranger) auditioned to play Dulcea. Evidently they liked her enough to bring her to America for a role. Sutherland has lived in America since.
    • Mariska Hargitay was cast to play Dulcea after the original actress, Gabrielle Fitzpatrick, had to back out due to a scheduled surgery. However, Fox and Saban didn't feel that Hargitay was working out and was replaced with Fitzpatrick after she recovered. Due to budget issues, she wasn't able to refilm an extended sequence where Dulcea trained the Rangers in their ninja outfits at her home. As such in the movie the Rangers seem to just sit and stare at the monument for a time before deciding to go.
    • Dulcea's backstory was in the script, but cut from the film. It's explained that she is the sole survivor of an alien race from "another time, another dimension" who created the power in the Ninjetti Temple. She and Zordon were also members of the same order that imprisoned Ivan Ooze in the first place.
    • Ooze originally created a team of rat-men to battle the Rangers at the construction yard. Spicer and the producers felt they looked horrible and very low-budget (their goal was to create a high-budget looking movie) and such convinced 20th Century Fox to replace them with the more creepy looking Ooze-men. The rat-men costumes were later used in the "Return of the Green Ranger" three-parter on the TV series.
    • Instead of the gargoyles guarding the temple, the Rangers would have fought another set of Tengu warriors - and their queen. The battle was supposed to happen on a long rope bridge on the way to the monolith. The set was built and put in front of a greenscreen but never used.
    • Dulcea would have had an annoying alien sidekick who picked on Kimberly. Around the time Fitzpatrick returned to play Dulcea, they decided to drop it.
    • The final Megazord battle was planned to be achieved via suits and miniatures, similar to the TV show. The special effects team convinced the production to use CGI instead. The idea would be used for the Power Rangers Turbo movie.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: To quote Paul Freeman:
    The script developed as we were making it, and at one point the producer Suzanne Todd would be sitting in the corner on set, writing the script on her laptop. In the middle of speaking lines, I'd get handed rewrites, and a producer would say: "Here, say this instead".

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