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YMMV / Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie

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  • Critical Dissonance: The film was generally thrashed by critics but fans of the series tend to receive and remember it fondly. Among many things, it embodies the general fun of the series while having entirely original footage.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Dulcea has two scenes in the full movie but is still ranked highly among the cast to male viewers.
    • Adam is a little weird. He is one of the Main Characters, which would normally disqualify him, but it is his portrayal in this movie, that is preferred over the second season of the main series. He hadn't made much of an impression during his initial run, but the movie finally brought out some of his personality.
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  • Evil Is Cool: Come on, admit it, if World of Ham were an actual planet, Ivan Ooze would rule it. He's the most awesome evil guy in the franchise.
  • Ham and Cheese: Paul Freeman takes a page from Raúl Juliá's book, and delivers a magnificently hammy performance as Ivan Ooze.
  • Heartwarming Moments: You gotta admit, the little exchange between Dulcea and Adam when he's feeling a little embarrassed about his spirit animal is just adorable. Cheesy enough to put on nachos, but adorable.
    Dulcea: Adam...? Adam, what's wrong?
    Adam: I'm a Frog.
    Dulcea: (giggles) Yes, a frog. Like the one you kiss, (kisses him on the forehead) to get a handsome prince.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Zordon dies and is resurrected in the movie. His counterpart in the show's canon wasn't so lucky.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • LGBT Fanbase: The movie apparently had quite a gay following, and for awhile was shown frequently in gay bars after its initial release.
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  • Love to Hate: IVAN OOZE. Despite having absolutely no redeeming qualities and an utter prick to his enemies, he's bound to make you laugh at some point in the movie. Being played by Paul Freeman certainly helps, and there are several reports of parents who otherwise hated the film but loved and still remember Ivan Ooze to this day.
  • Memetic Mutation: Adam's line when he receives his ninja powers, "I'm a frog."
  • Moral Event Horizon: If attacking the Command Center and almost killing Zordon wasn't enough for him, Ivan Ooze sending the parents to commit suicide was definitely the moment he went beyond the pale.
  • Narm: The battle between unmorphed Rangers and the Oozemen...with cheesy in-fight taunts, cartoonish sounds effects, and...some flatulence sounds if the Oozemen is hit.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: The Genesis and SNES beat-em-ups were well-received.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Fred Kelman's actor would later go on to play a young John Crichton.
  • So Okay, It's Average: One could view it as just an extended episode of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers or just another standard martial arts action film that just so happens to be part of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers continuity. Either way, it's in no way a terrible movie, but there's nothing that makes it stand apart from the series or typical martial arts movies. At least it's enough to please fans and the young at heart.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • Unlike in the series, Tommy keeps Saba in hyperspace instead of latched to his belt. This results in an obvious Jump Cut when he pulls Saba to finish off the Oozemen (Although not too jarring, as this is where the rest of the Rangers keep their personal weapons in the series).
    • The film used CGI for the Ninjazords because they didn't want to use the original props or costumes for the film. And boy do the CGI ones look bad. They're a poor match for the correct designs too.
    • The Ninja Megazord in particular looks like it's made of liquid.
    • The Ninja Mega Falconzord is the biggest offender, being based not off the full-sized toy but a smaller special edition with the wolf's head uncovered and the cover for the Ape hand being able to hold a sword (a large version of one of the Ape's Ninja-to, but the artists interpreted it as the Shogun Megazord's Fire Saber. Ouch.) Finally, they botched the head.
    • There's also the scene where Ivan launches the Ninja Megazord through a building and it's extremely obvious the Megazord is a model (or perhaps even the figurine) being launched through it.
    • Also on the topic of the CGI, Hornitor can be seen on the animation program's grid instead of the streets of Angel Grove in the Ape Zord's cockpit when it jumps off the roof during the climax.
    • Scorpitron's tail can be seen on its back just moments after it's torn off by the Wolf Zord.
    • The Bear Zord loses its yellow markings when its knocked into a building by Hornitor.
    • The animatronics used for Goldar and Mordant's heads, as well as the skeleton that attacks the Rangers on Phaedos are rather poor as well. In fact, you can see a wire holding up the tail of the skeleton in one scene.
    • During the skeleton fight, when Tommy is on the monster's back as it thrashes about, trying to shake him off, the camera follows the skeleton back and forth. At one point the camera actually reveals a crewman standing there watching the scene unfold.
  • Woolseyism: Since The Brady Bunch is not remembered as much as other sitcoms in Italy, the Italian dub haves Ivan Ooze complaining he missed The Addams Family instead.


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