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Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie
A movie for Power Rangers Turbo
Turbo a power rangers movie
Release date March 28, 1997
Written by Shuki Levy
Shell Danielson
Directed by Shuki Levy
David Winning
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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie

Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie is a feature-length movie set in the Power Rangers universe. Directed by sci-fi veteran David Winning and Shuki Levy. It attempted to serve as a bridge between the television series Power Rangers Zeo and Power Rangers Turbo.

The Story

A sinister alien pirate named Divatox hatched a plan to release her fiance Maligore from the island Muranthias on Earth. To get to the island, she needed to kidnap a wizard named Lerigot from the planet Liaria, and use his magical key. Luckily for Lerigot, he evaded capture and fled to Earth, where he sought protection from the Power Rangers.

The Rangers were practicing for a martial arts tournament. Rocky made a wrong move and ended up throwing out his back. While visiting him at the hospital, a young friend of the Rangers named Justin discovered the Rangers' identity.

Zordon summoned the Rangers to protect Lerigot. Armed with Power Boxes, Tommy and Kat rescued Lerigot from the African wilderness, but they ended up losing him to Divatox later on. Divatox took the wizard to Muranthias along with other captives - Bulk and Skull, Jason, Kimberly (Jason and Kim were captured while scuba-diving), and Lerigot's wife and child. Jason and Kim attempted to escape but due to complications, Kim was washed ashore on the island and re-captured.

Before taking off after Divatox, the Rangers were given new powers by Zordon and Alpha 5, which made them Turbo Rangers. They were joined by Justin, who took Rocky's place as the Blue Turbo Ranger. The Rangers sailed on a ship to Muranthias, where they faced the Putra Pods. Divatox arrived on the island along with her crew - Elgar, Rygog, and an army of Piranhatrons - and sacrificed Jason and Kimberly to Maligore's fire.

The Rangers reached the temple to find their friends turned evil by Maligore's flames. The team battled Jason, Kimberly, and the rest of Divatox's forces as Maligore arose from the fiery pit. Lerigot restored Jason and Kimberly, and the Rangers fought Maligore with their Power Weapons. The Rangers fled, and Maligore grew into a giant. The Rangers called on their Turbo Zords and formed the Turbo Megazord, with which they destroyed Maligore.

The Rangers saved the world just in time to win the martial arts competition, as an infuriated Divatox swore vengeance on the heroes.

Rangers

Red Turbo Ranger Tommy Oliver
Blue Turbo Ranger Justin Stewart
Green Turbo Ranger Adam Park
Yellow Turbo Ranger Tanya Sloan
Pink Turbo Ranger Katherine Hillard

Notes

  • Kat is the only Ranger to use her Zeo powers in the movie (though she used them briefly), and is the last appearance of a Zeo Ranger until "Countdown to Destruction" with Trey appearing as the Gold Ranger and Tommy morphing into Zeo Ranger V in Wild Force's "Forever Red".
  • Due to a contract dispute, director David Winning only received co-credit with the producer, and no editing influence. [9]
  • Unlike the first movie, this movie takes place within the continuity of the television series. The first episode of Turbo takes place after the movie. Because of this, the design for the movie was closer to the television show. The Ranger suits were spandex rather than the armor-like suits of the first movie, and the Megazord was filmed with the series' suitmation style rather than computer graphics. Also, certain sets and costumes from the movie, such as the Power Chamber set and the Alpha costume, were also used in the television series, albeit with no mention of the extensive makeover they received in the interim.
  • This film shows the first instance of blood in the entire TV series; when Katherine fell into the river, her leg was busted open, causing her to bleed.
  • Steve Cardenas (Rocky) was originally was supposed to play as the Blue Turbo Ranger, but he announced his departure to concentrate on his dojo, despite rumors he was injured after that while performing a stunt towards the end of Power Rangers: Zeo and as a result had to leave the show, requiring the exit of his character. So while shooting the movie, he had to pretend he was not hurt and when he flipped, he would show his pain. The rumor was written into the movie. [Citation needed]
  • Tommy (Jason David Frank), Rocky (Steve Cardenas), Adam (Johnny Yong Bosch), and Kimberly (Amy Jo Johnson) are the only rangers to appear in both this movie and the previous movie, although only Tommy and Adam are active Rangers in both.
  • BulkSkull, and Lt. Stone are shown to have rejoined the police force, with no mention being made of the fate of their detective agency or Bulk and Skull's jobs in France.
  • This movie marks a significant redesign of the interior of the Power Chamber. The Mighty Morphin' suit and weapons gallery has been removed and replaced with five Ranger-colored tubes, the console has been replaced with a larger one with two smaller consoles on either side and the floor design has also been changed.
  • Alpha 5 has also been redesigned, however his new body would be more commonly associated with Alpha 6.
  • The original cut was over three hours long; it included a fight with a crocodile, a longer trek through the volcano, a mermaid, a bungee-jumping stunt for Adam, and more character development for Justin. Perhaps most controversially, Johnny Yong Bosch has claimed that there was an extended fight scene between the Zeo Rangers and Divatox's forces that resulted in the Zeo powers and zords being destroyed. None of the footage from this version has ever been released and it remains unknown if it ever will be.. [Citation needed]
  • The original shooting script included a new character Mandika the Mermaid, described as having alabaster skin, black/blue hair that trails over her bare chest and a strange voice. She would have assisted the Rangers on their journey and acted as a new friend/love interest to Adam. Originally, Mandika would have saved Kimberly after she ran out of air escaping Divatox's submarine and Mandika would have taken her to Muiranthias. However, all of Mandika's scenes were cut out of the film and the actress who plays her is unknown/uncredited. [Citation needed]
  • David Yost (Billy) was seen on the set filming scenes for the movie and his character was supposed to help co-create the Turbo powers, using the Zeo crystal. However, when Yost left the "Power Rangers Zeo" TV series (which was filming the same time as the "Turbo" movie), the crew scrambled to re-write the script and they wrote Billy out. [Citation needed]
  • Ironically Gekisou Sentai Carranger, the Japanese counterpart of Turbo, did not have its own theatrical movie (the two movies were team-ups and, thus, not Carranger specific). This is like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, where the three teams associated either didn't have their own movie (Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger) or the elements in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie were not in the Super Sentai team's movie (Gosei Sentai Dairanger or Ninja Sentai Kakuranger).
  • Ernie makes his final onscreen appearance here, with his departure being established in "Shadow Rangers".
  • Jason and Kimberly appear next in archive footage from the movie in Part of "Shift Into Turbo".
    • After Turbo, Austin appeared as himself in "The Lost Episode", and later reprising his role as Jason in Wild Force's "Forever Red".
    • Kimberly is mentioned by Jason at the end of "Forever Red", and shown in clips in Dino Thunder's "Legacy of Power".

Errors

  • The Power Chamber exterior in this movie is the same from the previous movie, but would revert back to its normal appearance for the series.
  • Rocky's kick should not have sent him flying out of the ring the way it did.
  • The scene with Bulk, Skull and Lt. Stone at the baseball game took place in the daytime, while all the surrounding scenes took place at night.
  • For some reason Divatox waited until after she thought Lerigot would have reached Zordon before removing the mind-block from Yara to allow her to lure him to them.
  • The Turbozords cockpits appeared to be too large to possibly fit inside the car-sized Zords.
  • Jason was able to get an accurate reading from his dive computer, despite not being submerged in water.
  • Jason noted that he and Kimberly should wait until the sub rose to 100 feet before loosening the hatch, but they began loosening it immediately.
  • Muranthias appeared just as close to the Ghost Galleon when the Rangers saw it from the ship as it had a few seconds earlier when Justin was using binoculars.
  • Adam pointed the Thunder Cannon the wrong way, but it still fired forwards towards Maligore.
  • Despite the fact that Tommy, Adam and Jason had been easily besting their opponents, everyone still seemed surprised that they won the karate tournament.
  • The giant novelty cheque was seemingly already made out to Little Angel's Haven before the declaration of the winners.
  • During the fight scene in the volcano, when Adam and Elgar are fighting briefly, it shows the latter with a more evil-looking face than his normal goofy looking one. It's not clear why this was done or if it was an error.

VHS Release

Before the film begins, the VHS release first featured the trailer for Anastasia and the sneak peek for Saban's film of Casper, the Friendly Ghost entitled, Casper: A Spirited Beginning

Reception

The film has been given mostly negative reviews from critics and moviegoers, with a 18% Rotten rating from Rotten Tomatoes. Kevin Thomas wrote a positive review in the The Los Angeles Times saying the filmmakers have brought much panache and sophistication to the making of this fantasy adventure extolling the good old-fashioned virtues of spirit and courage embodied by the Power Rangers and that "Turbo" is a solid follow-up.[ Other reviews were a mixture of positive and negative. This caused the Time Force film to be unproduced and never got a chance to be made.

Kevin Thomas wrote a positive review in the Los Angeles Times, saying the filmmakers brought much panache and sophistication.  He also extolled the good old-fashioned virtues of spirit and courage embodied by the Power Rangers and declared "Turbo" a solid follow-up[4]. But the majority of reviews were decidedly negative.  As of 2013, the film has only an 18% "freshness" rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, meaning only 18% of critics gave a positive review.

Scott Renshaw of rec.arts.movies.reviews gave the film a 5 out of 10 rating, saying, "You've got to hand it to Saban Entertainment, keepers of the Power Rangers franchise. In the notoriously fickle business of children's entertainment and merchandising, the Rangers have survived by changing just enough to keep their young fans interested. Costumes have been updated; new iterations of action figures have filled the shelves. Even characters have been replaced in rejuvenating line-up changes, making the Rangers akin to a super-powered Menudo. Yet the most misguided changes to date have been those in 1995's lifeless MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: THE MOVIE, which substituted high-tech hardware for low-tech charm. TURBO: A POWER RANGERS MOVIE is still dopey kiddie fare, but it's an improvement over MMPR:TM by orders of magnitude, with a couple more changes still up its sleeve."

"For an action film designed for children, TURBO is actually rather restrained, with more emphasis on suspenseful escapes than special effects-laden free-for-alls. There are only a couple of lengthy fight scenes, and the Rangers in their full costumed glory are saved for the climactic battle. Directors David Winning and Shuki Levy are working with some pretty limp material, but they make the most of it. They also correct the fatal flaw of the first POWER RANGERS feature by dumping the computer-generated Zords and making the final Megazord-vs.-megademon battle what it always should be: a battle of two guys in big rubber suits. TURBO is unquestionably more fun for kids than for adults, but it is put together with some care, and it's a step in the right direction. Who knows...some day the ever-evolving Rangers might morph into a movie franchise worth watching."

LAWRENCE VAN GELDER, of The New York Times, gave the film a very bad review.  "Five-year-olds who have read their Shakespeare will recognize that Turbo is a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing. "

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