Power Rangers: The Movie – (1995) Retro Showcase

Now for a little trip down memory lane. Anyone my age knows exactly what I’m talking about. Power Rangers; cultural phenom, revolutionary. For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s a little history lesson for you.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers debut in 1993 on Fox Kids, it is based on a television show entitled Super Sensei Warrior created by Haim Saban and Suki Levy. It featured five teenagers who are endowed with a supernatural power to Morph; Zordon is their leader. In my opinion this series kick started the martial arts craze of the 90’s.

It also paved the way for such series as; Masked Rider, VR Troopers, Beetleborgs, Super Human Samurai Cyber Squad, Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter. If you were a kid in the 90’s — you watched Power Rangers after school.

Now on to the movie. This came out in 1995 suring the third season of MMPR and featured six Rangers. Tommy, Adam, Kimberly, Aisha, Rocky and Billy. The story involves a new villian named Ivan Ooze who escapes from his imprisonment to take over the world. And it’s up to (of course) the Rangers to stop him.

Early in the film, the Rangers lose their ability to Morph due to Zordon being put out of commision. So the adventure is primarily to obtain new Ninjetti Powers in order to put a stop to Ooze. Pretty generic but it keeps with the theme of the show, which is nice.

This movie is memorable because of a few things. The action scenes were top notch and the visual effects were ground breaking for this time. I rememebr sitting in the theater and being blown away. The end of the story involves the new Megazord going head to head with giant robotic insects. All CGI effects, which was unheard of and this film is the first to attempt this.

The dialogue is pretty cheesy (even back then) and features subliminal morals that were intended to makes kids more well behaved. But I love it nonetheless.

The world that they created is pretty imaginitive. Including different planets, creatures, mythologies and concepts. I never appreciated the exspansive world until recently, but it’s pretty neat. It’s one of the films you can watch multiple times and still find something new or specific references to the show.

I think they successfully adapted the show into a feature film and should be noted as one of the best, based mainly on the fact that it pays tribute to the source material and at the same time expands on it. Adding new powers, gadgets, Zords, characters. It feels like a movie event and not like another episode, which the sequel suffered from.

I need to mention the sountrack which is just awesome. Van Halen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Devo and much more comprise this movie. Which is surprising because of the popularity of the bands and the subject matter of this movie. Perhaps it was to appeal to the parents who were dragged to the theater.

To this day I am still entertained by the nostalgia, looking pass the dated effects and cheesy dialogue. It’s a fun adventure ride that kids today can enjoy.