Billy Cranston is named after a then-unknown Bryan Cranston, who was doing voice work for Saban Entertainment. He would later gain recognition as Hal in Malcolm in the Middle (2000) and most notably Walter White in Breaking Bad (2008).
Billy Cranston, the Blue Power Ranger (David Yost), is, to date, the only Power Ranger to hold the same position for the longest time (3 years, 1993-1996) without ever switching colors. Kimberly Ann Hart (Amy Jo Johnson) is currently the longest-serving female Power Ranger and Pink Ranger of all time. She appeared in 137 episodes of the TV series until her departure from the series.
According to a 2004 contest held by ABC Family, Jason Lee Scott (Austin St. John), Kimberly Ann Hart (Amy Jo Johnson), and Trini Kwan (Thuy Trang) were voted as the best Red, Pink and Yellow Rangers of all time.
Jason David Frank (Tommy) was never meant to stay on the series for as long as he did. He was only supposed to be a regular until "The Green Candle Part 2" minus a cameo in "Doomsday Part 2". but during his temporary time on the show his popularity was higher than any other Ranger. Saban received large amounts of letters daily after "The Green Candle" requesting Tommy to be brought back into the series, Eventually the company gave in and brought Frank back in the episode "Return of an Old Friend." and ended up staying on the show lasting till Power Rangers Turbo (1997) and recently in returning for Power Rangers DinoThunder (2004). He has appeared in a total of 217 episodes in the entire Power Rangers series.
Lord Zedd is Jewish. During his wedding to Rita in Season 2's "The Wedding: Part 3," he wore a yarmulke, he did the traditional breaking of a glass to commemorate the destruction of the Temple, and the song "Hava Nagila" was played.
In 2007, Austin St. John, who played Jason Lee Scott/the original Red Ranger, said at the Power Morphicon that Austin is his stage name and his real first name is Jason. This means that he is the only actor of the original Rangers to have the same first name as his Power Rangers character.
Actor Austin St. John has admitted in interviews that, while he enjoyed working on "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers", he had mixed feelings about the fame that the show had given him. Mr. St. John admitted that, because he was recognized as the Red Ranger by fans, he had to move into different homes twice due to fans that would follow him to his home, he had to get sensor lights on his home, and he once literally had the clothes ripped off his back by Power Ranger fans when he tried to enter a local mall to go shopping. As a result, Mr. St. John has said that he will take photographs with his fans, sign autographs and talk with them, but he remains very protective of his private life.
During a video interview at the 2007 Power Morphicon, actor Steve Cardenas, who played Rocky the second Red Ranger, said one of the best things about working on "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" were the celebrities who would visit their sets. Gene Simmons from the rock band KISS, Mike Myers, and Jean-Claude Van Damme, who had brought his children with him to the set, were among the many celebrities who dropped by at one point to see the Rangers on the set.
Although Tommy Oliver (Jason David Frank) was made the leader of the team once he became the White Ranger in season two, Jason Lee Scott (Austin St. John) was actually supposed to remain the leader even after Tommy's return. Some of this original idea is shown in the season 2 episode "Opposites Attract" when Jason orders the team to return to the Command Center during a disturbance, and he signals and leads the team, including Tommy as the White Ranger, in the Power Rangers' morphing sequence. However, those plans were scrapped due to the rumored pay dispute involving Austin St. John that would lead to Jason being written off the series and the line that Zordon (Robert L. Manahan) says in the second part of the "White Light" storyline was changed and re-recorded to make Tommy the leader instantly upon his return.
Part way through filming Season 2 Austin St. John (Jason) Thuy Trang (Trini) and Walter Jones (Zack) left the show, it is rumored, over pay issues. Hence from "The Ninja Encounter", Saban used recycled footage for their unmorphed scenes (with any new dialog required for them, coming from other actors), until "The Power Transfer" when their Rangers positions were replaced by Steve Cardenas, Karan Ashley and Johnny Yong Bosch respectively. Although, Austin later returned to Power Rangers in a temporary spell as the Gold Ranger in Power Rangers Zeo (1996).
The pyrotechnics used in Billy's brain-switching machine had caused both Amy Jo Johnson (Kimberly) and David Yost (Billy) to accidentally catch on fire while filming the scene. Amy Jo would later be wary of being too close to such special effects equipment because of the accident.
Along with having the most episode appearances, Tommy Oliver (Jason David Frank) also holds the record for having the longest continuous stint as leader of the team, being named leader in the early half of Season 2 when he received the White Ranger powers, and not leaving until half-way through Power Rangers Turbo, in the episode Passing the Torch. He also has the record for most color-changes as he has been green, white, red and black.
The series began airing weekday mornings at 7:30 AM. Despite being in the early time slot it managed to beat out Batman: The Animated Series (1992) in ratings which bumped Power Rangers to the afternoon time slot held by Batman.
The character Kimberly Ann Hart was originally meant to serve as a stereotypical "dumb blonde"-type character. When Amy Jo Johnson was cast, the character was changed to a Valley girl-type and she actually made several contributions of her own to her character as the series progressed, including Amy Jo's real-life gymnastic skills and being able to play the guitar.
The unfortunate implications and minor backlash that arose due to an African-American actor (Walter Jones) cast as Zack/The Black Ranger and a Vietnamese actress (Thuy Trang) cast as Trini/The Yellow Ranger were noticed too late in production to change and entirely unintentional. Audri Dubois, who is not Asian, was originally cast as Trini and Jones had originally been cast as Billy/The Blue Ranger. Incidentally, David Yost, who played Billy, was originally cast as Jason/The Red Ranger.
In a viewer contest held by ABC Family, Jason Lee Scott (Austin St. John) was voted by fans as the greatest Red Ranger of all time. At the Power Morphicon in 2007, it was confirmed that Jason still holds the title as best Red Ranger by fans.
In real life, it is reported that Austin St. John and Jason David Frank didn't get along, which is the polar opposites of their characters. Their dispute has been well-publicized but according to many reports they have since patched things up.
This series is an Americanized version of a Japanese Super Sentai series called Super Sentai Zyuranger (1992) (Dinosaur Team Beast Ranger); this is most evident in the combat scenes, which are obviously stock footage from an older series. Each subsequent Power Rangers series is an Americanized version of a subsequent Super Sentai series.
Early on in the first season, when Bulk and Skull were punks, they were joined by a punked-out blonde girl and an African-American guy in shades. They were quickly phased out and were gone before the Green Ranger arrived.
In the original pilot episode, Zordon's name was Zoltar. Zoltar is the name of the main villain in Battle of the Planets and G-Force: Guardians of Space. It was also the name of a fortune-telling machine in the Tom Hanks movie, Big.
Barbara Goodson was told to voice Rita like the Wicked Witch of the West. She did, and was fired. They decided to try to make Rita sound angrier, and rather than let Goodson try, they forced her to reaudition. According to her, she did, and said, "You want angry? [Rita's screech comes out of nowhere] I'LL SHOW YOU ANGRY!" Not knowing she would have to do the part for seven years. She mentioned going through a lot of water and cough drops.
An alternate ending to the episode "Doomsday" was filmed in case the show was not renewed. The alternate ending depicted the Rangers sealing Rita and her minions in the Space Dumpster. This ending mirrored the last episode of Super Sentai Zyuranger (1992), upon which Power Rangers was based.
The birthdays of the original five Power Rangers were revealed in both an Interactive CD-Rom and on the back of their action figure boxes. Kimberly the Pink Ranger's birthday is on February 14th, Billy the Blue Ranger's birthday is on April 1st, Zack the Black Ranger's birthday is on May 3rd, Trini the Yellow Ranger's birthday is on August 9th and Jason the Red Ranger's birthday is on October 20th.
This series along with Digimon: Digital Monsters (1999) became the two most successful and popular franchises for Saban and the Fox Kids Network. Interestingly both franchises eventually were bought out by Disney and then re-purchased by Saban Brands.
Because of the surprising popularity of the series, Saban Entertainment, the company that produced Power Rangers, was faced with the possibility of exhausting all of its Zyuranger footage with no more to fall back upon in order to continue producing the show. Saban contacted Toei (the company which produced/produces the Sentai series in Japan), as well as Rainbow Productions (the company that designed and produced the monster suits), requesting another half-season's worth of Zyuranger footage specifically for Power Rangers. The two Japanese companies agreed and created about 25 brand-new monsters and filming both the human- and Zord-sized battle footage for each. The companies also incorporated elements from MMPR into the footage, such as the relationship between the Green and Pink Rangers and the Blue Ranger as the brains of the group.
Tommy Oliver (Jason David Frank) is the only Power Ranger to have his date of birth revealed on his action figure box. According to the profile card of Tommy on the Dragonzord toy box in 1993, Tommy's birthday was listed as October 20th, giving him the same birthday as his teammate Jason Lee Scott (Austin St. John).
The character of Scorpina (Ami Kawai) disappeared at the beginning of the second season. She returned in the middle of the season, in "Goldar's Vice-Versa" (played by a new actress), then left the show permenantly. Scorpina was supposed to return to the show as a main character in that episode, but Saban was unable to keep the actress for more than one episode.
In season one and the first thirteen episodes of season two, the Power Rangers would regularly use their Blade Blasters in battle against monsters created by Rita Repulsa and later Lord Zedd. However, in later episodes of season two, the Rangers would have their Blade Blasters holstered in their belts and would scarcely use them because parents complained about the violence and the Rangers's use of blaster guns on the television series. While the weapons were not used in combat, they were used a few times for other reasons, such as Blue Ranger using his Blade Blaster in season three's "Master Vile and the Metallic Armor, part 3" to open the secret emergency exit in the Ninja Megazord's foot.
The original finale (written before the show took off) would have seen Rita crashing the Ranger' senior prom. Saban was even looking into bringing Machiko Soga over to the States so she could physically interact with the Rangers at the Juice Bar. It would have ended with the rangers storming Rita's palace after getting access to Rita's spells and Jason reciting an incantation to seal her away, but the show continued after it was a hit. Tommy's cameo was a relic of this original plan as Jason David Frank was going to be in V.R. Troopers (1994) (called Cybertron at the time) and shot a pilot of it. After Power Rangers was picked up for more episodes, Brad Hawkins was cast as the White Ranger. Saban decided that it was too risky to replace Frank now that there was the opportunity to bring him back, so Hawkins went onto VR Troopers and Frank returned to Power Rangers.
In the episode "Trick or Treat", Skull has the numbers "24601" tattooed on his chest. This is reference to Jean Valjean's prison number in Les Miserables (also used by Seymour Skinner and Sideshow Bob in The Simpsons (1989), Hank Jennings in Twin Peaks (1990).
The character Billy Cranston (David Yost), the Blue Ranger, is the only Power Rangers character to appear in every episode of the series. Yost appeared as Billy for every episode but two (season three's two-part "Alien Rangers of Aquitar"), when his character is temporarily turned from a teenager into a child.
While the work schedule for the show ran Monday through Friday from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM, filming actually ran seven days a week for the actors who played the Power Rangers. The six Ranger actors had to come in on the weekends for dialog recording for their characters' Power Rangers battle scenes and the recording sessions often ran late into the night.
On the actual show, the Green Ranger's power coin/insignia was a 3-bladed claw shape. But on toys, there was an alternate, long-necked dinosaur, which strangely, bares more of a resemblance to Titanus the Carrier Zord than anything the Green Ranger ever used.
Johnny Yong Bosch has said that people are always asking him to say "Morphinominal." Adam never said that during the show, that kind of slang was phased out before the end of the first season while Adam didn't show up until the middle of the second season.
Katherine Hillard (Catherine Sutherland) has the record for the shortest time serving as a Mighty Morphin Power Ranger. She becomes the Pink Ranger after receiving the Pink Power Coin from Kimberly at the end of "A Different Shade of Pink, Part 3". She appears as a Power Ranger for only eight episodes before the show changes to "Power Rangers Zeo".
In Malaysia, as part of its campaign against drugs, the word "Morphin" is censored, by substituting or muting footage where the word is spoken (the phrase "It's morphin' time") or displayed onscreen, for fear that it could encourage children to become addicted with the uses of morphine. When it was broadcast on RTM (along with its toy commercials), it was called Mighty Power Rangers, or simply Power Rangers or Power Ranger.
The pre television pilot version of the first episode, 'Day of the Dumpster', was shown on the Fox Kids programming block in 1999. There are several differences between it and the TV series: -'Trini' was played by a different actress, Audri Dubois, and was completely different personality (and nationality) wise to the 'Trini Kwan' in the TV series played by Thuy Trang. -'Zordon' was named 'Zoltar' and the image of his head in a tube was also blurred and somewhat pulsating. -There was no Juice bar (and hence no Ernie). Instead the Earth based scene took place in a bowling alley. -The Command Center's interior had different control panels and lighting. -The plating on Alpha 5's upper torso was notably larger and didn't have the familiar "lightning bolt" logo. -'Flyguy', renamed 'King Sphinx' for his eventual appearance in the TV series, appeared in the episode to battle the rangers with 'Goldar'. -The Dinozords were known as Dinodroids'. -There was a Bulk character, but no Skull character. Instead there were three other bullies/punks alongside Bulk.
This is the only series so far to have two rangers (Red and Green) have the same design for their opaque visors. Whether or not this has anything to do with their Zyuranger counterparts being brothers is unknown.
In the two-part story "Green No More" from season two, Lord Zedd creates his own team of Dark Rangers to fight the Power Rangers with. Only the Yellow Dark Ranger, Tina, is named on-screen in the finale of "Green With Evil, Part 2". While not said on-screen in "Green No More" part 1 or 2, the original shooting script listed the names of the other four Dark Rangers as Justin (Dark Red Ranger), Zane (Dark Black Ranger), Kristen (Dark Pink Ranger), and Bobby (Dark Blue Ranger).
When Austin St. John (Jason), Walter Jones (Zack) and Thuy Trang (Trini) were no longer filming episodes of the series, additional dialog for their characters' voices were done by uncredited actors. For the new episodes, Trini's voice was done by an unknown actress named Judy, Jason's was done by associate producer Paul Rosenthal and Zack's was done by Joel Rogers, Bob Manahan's second engineer.
Several toys based on the series had the Power Rangers' "ancient beast" emblems on their chests, in the middle of the central white diamond on their uniforms. However, it was not this way on the actual TV series - the central diamond was just blank and white (unless one counts the movie.)
Initially there was a completely different idea of adapting Zyuranger. The show would be called Galaxy Ranger (which was Zyuranger's international title) The characters were going to be: Victor Lee (Red Ranger) is an Asian martial artist. Zack Taylor (Black Ranger) is a detective with an attitude. Kimberly Harte (Pink Ranger) is a clumsy aerobics instructor. Billy Cranston (Blue Ranger) is an athletic heartthrob with a body of steel. Trini Crystal (Yellow Ranger) is a struggling, white novelist.
Jason (Austin St. John) and Kimberly (Amy Jo Johnson) are the only Power Rangers to have their full names revealed. Jason's full name, Jason Lee Scott, is revealed in season two's "Missing Green" episode, while Kimberly's full name, Kimberly Ann Hart, is revealed in season three's "The Potion Notion".
Katherine "Kat" Hillard (Catherine Sutherland) takes over the role of the Pink Ranger in season three and she is the only Ranger to appear as the same color for two more Power Ranger teams after this series (the Pink Zeo Ranger in "Power Rangers Zeo" and the Pink Turbo Ranger for "Power Rangers Turbo").
The show's violence led to it being pulled off the air by some broadcasters, in particular YTV Canada, and reopened the debate on violence in programming geared towards children. However, on May 7th, 2011, Power Rangers returned to YTV Canada starting with 'Power Rangers Samurai'.
At some point before Season 2, there were plans to introduce new versions of the Dinozords, as well as various different takes on the White Tigerzord. These plans were aborted when it turned out that adapting mecha footage from another Sentai proved to be more economical for Saban than commissioning Toei to make more new footage for them.
Karan Ashley left the show due to the long hours. She was to be given an exiting story arc, just as Amy Jo Johnson was, but instead, following time off while her character was reduced to a child for some time in the third season, she would find that she was not asked to return to the set, the official reason given was that her character's recovery would not require her to appear on screen.
It has been announced that starting in January 2010 ABC Family will stop creating new episodes of Power Rangers and bring back the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers in remastered episodes. The episodes will also be accompanied by a new toy line of the original Power Rangers. The episodes will air on Saturday mornings.
Black Ranger's Zord in season 2; the Lion Thunderzord, is used by a Green Ranger in Gosei Sentai Dairanger (1993). When the Thunder Megazord action figure was released in the U.S., the Lion Thunderzord face was painted black over its green parts to better fit with being used by the Black Ranger.
There were plans for Scorpina to return in Season 2 in a 3-part episode called "Zordon, I Shrunk the Rangers". However, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) going over schedule led to it being scrapped.
Jason Lee Scott (Austin St. John) and Adam Park (Johnny Yong Bosch) are, to date, the only Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to still use their original Power Morphers in the other "Power Rangers" series after MMPR. Jason used his Morpher again in the Tenth Anniversary special "Forever Red" on Power Rangers: Wild Force, while Adam used his Morpher in "Always a Chance" on Power Rangers in Space and the two-part Fifteenth Anniversary special "Once A Ranger" on Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive.
Although the Ninja Megazord appears before the Shogun Megazord in 'Power Rangers', the exact opposite occurred in Ninja sentai Kakurenjâ (1994), one of the Japanese 'sentai' series from which 'Power Rangers' was adapted. Additionally, the Ninja Ultrazord and Shogun Ultrazord combinations, which used Titanus, never appeared in any Japanese productions, as Titanus only appeared in Super Sentai Zyuranger (1992). Instead, the combinations used stills of the either the Ninja Mega Falconzord or the Shogun Mega Falconzord toys standing inside a Titanus toy.
Despite being in his debut episode "A Pressing Engagement", the monster King Sphinx was never able to appear in U.S. footage because the monster costume did not hold up well after being used in production. However, the head of his suit would later appear as a background prop at Zoom Comics in another live-action Fox Kids series by Saban Entertainment, Big Bad Beetleborgs (1996).
A redesigned version of Titanus the Carrier Zord was planned to be introduced for Season 3. Various concept arts were drawn, but Titanus was left mostly unchanged in Season 3 (aside for the addition of the Dragonzord's chest plate, since the Dragonzord was absent during Season 3). Some of those designs were made for Power Rangers in Space (1998). A "Space Titanus" toy was in fact released, though it was never used in the show.
A Samuraizord was considered for the second season. The Samuraizord would've been very similar to the Red Dragon Thunderzord, in which it could transform between a Tyrannosaurus and a humanoid robot. Another reject concept art shows a robot that was formed from three bikes.
In the episode "Happy Birthday, Zack", when the Ranger teens are helping Ernie (Richard Genelle) set up decorations for Zack's birthday party, he talks with them about the Power Rangers. Ernie tells the teens that "they (the Rangers) are going to do for Angel Grove what Batman has done for Gotham City." Ironically, Disney would buy the rights of the Power Rangers franchise from Saban Entertainment in 2001 (and they would hold the rights until Saban bought them back in 2010 for $43 million), and then in 2009, Disney would buy Marvel Comics, the rival comic book company of DC Comics, which owns Batman.
It has been determined by The Canadian broadcast standards council that Mighty Morphin power rangers broke several rules about violence in Childrens programming. The Canadian broadcast standards council is a governing body formed by private broadcasters and it's role is to self regulate television.
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There are a total of seven rangers (by color) with only a maximum of six appearing at one time. However, the season 2 three-part episode "Return of the Green Ranger", allow for there being seven Ranger colors in one show, although they don't all appear on-screen at the same time.
The Ranger's Power Weapons, Black Ranger's Power Axe, Pink Ranger's Power Bow, Yellow Ranger's Power Daggers, Blue Ranger's Power Lance, and Red Ranger's Power Sword were mainly used in Season 1 of the show. In season two, the Power Weapons were barely used. However, Pink Ranger used her Power Bow as both a harp and as a weapon in Season 2's "The Song of Guitardo", the Red Ranger used his Power Sword in both "The Green Dream" and "Two for One" in Season 2, Blue Ranger used his Power Lance in Season 2's "Goldar's Vice-Versa", the Pink, Black and Blue Rangers used their respective Power Weapons in Season 2's "Rangers Back in Time, part 2", the Power Blaster was featured in several episodes in Season 2 as a way to destroy several of Lord Zedd's monsters, and in Power Rangers Operation Overdrive (2007), Adam returned in "Once a Ranger" as the Black Ranger and used his Power Axe.
In the pilot episode Day of the Dumpster, the Rangers appear onscreen for the first time in this exact order; Kimberly appears first working on the balance beam, followed by Jason and Zack who are practicing their martial arts, then Trini who is who is practicing her katas, and finally Billy who appears dressed for his martial arts lesson.