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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
This series is an Americanized version of a Japanese Super Sentai series called Kyôryû sentai Jûrenjâ (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.
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").
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 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.
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 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 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).
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 Kyôryû sentai Jûrenjâ (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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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 Kyôryû sentai Jûrenjâ (1992). Instead, the combinations used stills of the either the Ninja Mega Falconzord or the Shogun Mega Falconzord toys standing inside a Titanus toy.
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.
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.
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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.