|Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie|
Theatrical release poster
|Produced by||Jonathan Tzachor|
|Narrated by||Robert L. Manahan|
|Music by||Shuki Levy|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Box office||$9.6 million|
Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie is a 1997 American-Japanese superhero film directed by David Winning and Shuki Levy and written by Levy and Shell Danielson. It was produced by Saban Entertainment and Toei Company, Ltd. like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, distributed by 20th Century Fox.
The film serves as a bridge between the Power Rangers Zeo and Power Rangers Turbo television seasons, with the new cast and characters from the film becoming cast members of the television series. As with its television season, the film used concepts and costumes from the Japanese Super Sentai series Gekisou Sentai Carranger. Sets and costumes created for original characters in the film were later used in the television series, with the film's climactic antagonist Maligore being reused for the evil Dark Specter in the subsequent Power Rangers in Space season.
On a distant planet, a wizard named Lerigot is being hunted by Divatox; an intergalactic space pirate, who seeks his golden key in order to traverse an inter-dimensional gateway and enter into matrimony with Maligore, a demon who promises to grant her great riches and power. Lerigot escapes Divatox's forces and travels to Earth in search of Zordon and his friend Alpha 5, but lands in Africa instead. Weakened by the sun's ultraviolet rays, he soon meets a pack of chimpanzees and wanders off with them. Meanwhile, Divatox, angered that Lerigot got away, quickly sets off for Earth in pursuit.
In Angel Grove, Rocky, Adam, and Tommy are training for a charity fighting competition for the Angel Grove Youth Shelter, that is in danger of being closed down, when Rocky misses at a crucial point and falls from the ring, hurting his back. Kat and Tanya arrive shortly after with their friend Justin; a kid whose father is away a lot, forcing him to spend time at the shelter. He is distressed on seeing Rocky injured and secretly follows them to the hospital. He hides under Rocky's bed when the others arrive and inadvertently overhears Zordon contact them, revealing their identities as Power Rangers to him. Zordon sends Tommy and Kat to Africa in search of Lerigot. Whilst searching for him, Kat is injured when a python causes her to fall from a cliff into a waterfall. Soon after they find Lerigot who heals Kat's injuries and they return to the Power Chamber. Meanwhile, Bulk and Skull become lost on their latest assignment for Lt. Stone and are abducted by Divatox's nephew Elgar as sacrifices for Maligore and he has their minds scrambled. As they need to be pure of heart, Divatox rejects them before finding two perfect specimens who are scuba diving nearby and she has them captured.
While recovering, Lerigot receives a telepathic transmission from his mate Yara, and Divatox threatens her and their baby Batel harm if the Rangers interfere with her plans and demands that Lerigot surrender himself to her. She also offers the two humans, revealed to be their old friends Kimberly and Jason in exchange for Lerigot. Elgar tricks them, however, taking Lerigot and leaving behind two dummies instead of their friends. Zordon and Alpha create new powers for the Rangers in order for them to have the keys to cross the inter-dimensional gateway that Divatox intends to, with these new Turbo powers and their new vehicular Zords, they drive across the desert in order to board a ship called the Ghost Galleon, to make their way across the ocean. They are unexpectedly joined by Justin, who has received Rocky's Blue Turbo Ranger powers in order to help them. Divatox eventually detects the Rangers following them and sends her Putripods to face them, but the Rangers quickly defeat them, and both Divatox's submarine and the Rangers' ship cross the barrier. Meanwhile, Jason and Kim come up with a plan to open the bilge of the sub to escape with Bulk and Skull. They open the hatch and Bulk, Skull and Kimberly escape, but Jason is trapped and left behind. Adam heads ashore to scout the island, just before Divatox torpedoes the Rangers' ship, with the other Rangers narrowly avoiding being destroyed. Divatox and her troops land with Jason on the island, and find Kimberly has been captured by the Malicians; inhabitants of the island. Divatox forces Lerigot to open Maligore's temple in the island volcano and make the Malicians join her with Kimberly. The other Rangers join Adam and they morph in order to stop Divatox, eventually coming across the temple, where Divatox and her followers are. Despite their best efforts, Jason and Kimberly are sacrificed to Maligore and are filled with evil, they attack their friends mercilessly but when Lerigot and Yara are freed, they manage to purify them once more.
Frustrated, Divatox sacrifices Elgar to Maligore who is revived, setting off the volcano with his power. The Rangers allow the prisoners to escape while Maligore goes after them. As he grows in size to fight the Rangers, they summon their Zords, using them to form the Turbo Megazord. They manage to defeat him while the volcano forces Divatox and another of her minions Rygog to flee, vowing vengeance for this failure. The Rangers pick up Jason, Kimberly, Lerigot, Yara, Bulk and Skull in order to return to Angel Grove. At the competition, Jason takes Rocky's place, and they win the fight, earning the money in order to save the shelter.
In mid-credits scenes, Bulk and Skull are invited with the others on board the Turbo Megazord when they are rescued, but almost topple the giant robot and faint at the sight of Lerigot and Yara; afterward, the two bid farewell to the Rangers and Justin is allowed to hold baby Batel. The Rangers end the eventful day with a drive off into the sunset, the day having been saved once again.
Main article: Villains in Power Rangers Turbo
The film features a cameo appearance by Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd, where Rita is called by Divatox in hopes of advice to use against the Rangers. The characters would eventually come face to face with each other in Power Rangers in Space 's premiere episode for the first and only time.
As opposed to the storyline and CGI Megazord used in the first Power Rangers film, this entry is canon and utilizes the actual costume of the Turbo Megazord, appearing in American footage (the main series would rely on the Carranger footage). According to a 2013 post on Bosch's Facebook page, the original script called for a lengthy underwater battle using the Zeo Ranger powers, wherein the Power Rangers emerge with tattered costumes. The unused plot would also explained how the Turbo powers were created, It was also originally scripted that Billy Cranston (the original blue ranger) had created the turbo powers with Zordon and Alpha 5. While this plot element was ultimately dropped from the theatrical release, the concept of torn outfits would be used for the Turbo season finale. Also, whereas Hilary Shepard Turner appears as Divatox in the film, by the time filming began for the TV series, she had taken pregnancy leave, thus being replaced by Carol Hoyt; shortly after the episode in which the four veteran Rangers resign and transfer their powers to a new team (filmed after a hiatus of several months), Shepard resumed the role of Divatox, continuing through Power Rangers in Space.
Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie opened theatrically on March 28, 1997 in 2,113 venues. It earned $3,301,135 in its opening weekend, ranking number 7 in the domestic box office. At the end of its run, the film had grossed $8,363,899 domestically and $1,251,941 overseas for a worldwide total of $9,615,840.
The film received mostly negative reviews with an 17% "Rotten" rating from Rotten Tomatoes based on 18 reviews, with an average rating of 3.8/10. Kevin Thomas wrote a positive review in 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."
Awards and nominations
|1998||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor||Blake Foster||Nominated|
The DVD (as well as 1995's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie) was re-released with different packaging in 2011.
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