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Justin Driver

In honor of the budget film they are making, Here are things you didn't know about the Power Rangers!

The Power Rangers were banned in New Zealand until 2011, despite the fact that the show is filmed there!

In 1994 the New Zealand Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) decided to uphold a number of complaints from concerned parents about the levels of violence in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers show. The complaints said that the show taught that violence was the best way to resolve conflict and parents feared that little kids would have increased levels of aggression as a result of watching the show.

When the BSA made its decision, the show was all but cancelled by the TV station, in the middle of the show's second season. For years the show was hard to find on DVD and video. The funny twist in this is that starting with the later seasons, like "Power Rangers: Mystic Force" and "Power Rangers: Jungle Fury," the show was actually filmed ON New Zealand. The show remained missing from TV sets in the island-country until the release of the 2011 show "Power Rangers Samurai.

The Power Rangers were inspired by Spider-Man!

In fact, many components of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers were borrowed from Japanese Spider-Man. In the 1970s, the Japanese Toei Company produced a television show based on Marvel’s Spider-Man comics. Let’s just say the Japanese adaptation took a few liberties with the Spider-Man character. Yes, he still walked on walls and captured crooks in his webs. However, this Spider-Man didn’t swing through city streets on his webs; he had a flying car! Also, instead of going toe-to-toe with traditional Spider-Man villains, Japanese Spider-Man was busy with a new nemesis, the aptly-named “Professor Monster”. Every week, Professor Monster would create a new monster for Spider-Man to fight. The monsters would then grow to giant size, so Spider-Man would have to get into a giant robot-spaceship with a sword named Leopardon to take them down. Sound at all familiar?

Toei later went on to produce many influential series, including Super Sentai, which we know in America as Power Rangers. The robot-fighting-a-giant-monster aspect of Super Sentai was an idea that they borrowed from their Spider-Man show. You could even say that Spider-Man was the original Power Ranger!

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles appeared on a Power Rangers episode.

In 1998, Fox aired a crossover episode of a short-lived live-action show based on the Ninja Turtles (it was cancelled after one year), and “Power Rangers in Space” one of the many Power Rangers spin-offs. Talk about obscure!

Here’s a clip of of some of the promotional ads for the crossover episode. The relevant bits start at 2:22.

The original blue Power Ranger left the show due to harassment about his sexuality!

David Yost left the show at the end of the fourth season. He later revealed that his departure was because coworkers harassed him for being gay - he was often called a "faggot" and producers would frequently ask the other actors questions about his sexuality.

Yost played Billy Cranston (the Blue Ranger) and appeared in over 200 episodes of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers during the show's first four seasons! He was also the only Ranger to appear in every episode of the original series.


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