Sure, you might know names like Rita Repulsa and Zordon, but are you really a Power Rangers superfan?
For example, did you know that superstar Bryan Cranston was a part of Power Rangers lore long before he portrayed Zordon in the 2017 blockbuster reboot? Or can you name the Ranger that was never intended to last as long as he did? If you can’t, aye aye aye!
Costume SuperCenter took a look at the history behind the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers and is giving you a crash course on Saban’s most famous superheroes!
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- The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers were based on a Japanese Super Sentai series called “Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger” or “Dinosaur Team Beast Ranger,” and MMPR even reused some of the old stock footage from the older series.
- Jason David Frank, who played Tommy Oliver, was only meant to be a recurring character until Season 1 Episode 35, “The Green Candle Part 2” on Nov. 18, 1993. However, Haim Saban got so much fan mail requesting him to come back that he was made a main character.
- Billy Cranston, the Blue Ranger, was named after then-unknown actor Bryan Cranston, who voiced Snizard and Twinman for Saban Entertainment. Cranston would later portray Zordon in the 2017 theatrical reboot, Power Rangers.
- David Fielding, who played Zordon in the original show, was filmed on camera only one time for the entire run of the show. He did the rest of his work in the recording studio, with the production team using the movements from that one filming session for all of his scenes.
- The Power Rangers theme song was written in two hours to a rough cut of the credits. Ron Wasserman, the composer, was told to use the word “go” because of the success the show “Inspector Gadget” had with the word in its theme song.
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