It was a franchise reboot film and it was going to be called Power Rangers: Origins
Author's Note: I have removed the leaked trailer from this article at the request of Onyx Films. If you'd still like to see it, hit me up on my twitter.
Apparently the studio behind this now defunct venture into the Power Rangers franchise was Paris based production company Method Animation. I'm not familiar with any of their other work, but I will give them big ups for putting together a fun trailer that tugged at my nostalgic heartstrings.
Now to make things clear, Power Rangers: Origins has absolutely nothing to do with the Lionsgate/Saban movie reboot that was announced last year. According to ScreenRant:
Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer and Power Rangers co-creator Haim Saban have officially announced that their respective companies – Lionsgate and Saban Brands, respectively – are working together to produce and develop “an original live-action feature” based on the Power Rangers property.
This computer generated animated feature was obviously something entirely separate from the live-action adaptation, but was subsequently scrapped and trashed by Saban in 2012. That leaves one question: Why?
It honestly looked great, even if it were only a proof-of-concept. Plus, if there's any source material that could benefit greatly from being showcased entirely in CG, it's Power Rangers with its epic fights between giant monsters and zords. I was also definitely picking up some Big Hero 6 vibes throughout the whole trailer, especially towards the end with that added humor. I think that's the kind of tone a CG Power Rangers movie or series should definitely strike. How amazing would that be? For real, why did Saban Brands pass on this animated Power Rangers reboot? Ugh...
Regarding the rest of the footage, the creature and character designs looked good, but the Megazord redesign? Not sure about that one. Despite all the awesome, the animation was fairly dodgy in some parts; it was definitely more TV caliber animation. However, even with all its flaws, my rose-tinted glasses are telling me to love this trailer unconditionally.
I'm of the opinion that Saban Brands could have gone the Star Wars: The Clone Wars route with this animated movie, i.e., release a feature length animated film to spearhead an upcoming television show. That could have worked out well even if the movie wasn't all that great. For example, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles CG animated show on Nickelodeon that followed up a mediocre movie still managed to be a success.
All that said, it's a shame that there's a significant possibility nothing will ever come of this. While the leaked trailer for Power Rangers: Origins definitely made my heart sing, I'm currently waiting with bated breath for Lionsgate's Power Rangers reboot, set to be released on July 22, 2016.