I'm pretty sure that we can all agree that Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is, hands down, one of the best kids' shows to ever happen to TV. The original series ruled my childhood, with its insane action, ridiculously over the top villains, and of course the most badass team of "teenagers with attitude."
The series' team of teens hailing from diverse backgrounds told us it was perfectly fine to be yourself, whether you're an alpha male, a jovial character, a nerd, or all of the above. With the right set of friends by your side, you can never go wrong.
So imagine the furore when Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie was first released?! Power Rangers battling it out on a bigger screen, with a bigger budget and Lord Zedd's brain actually moved! It doesn't get much better!
This year sees MMPR:TM celebrate its 20th anniversary, and may I be one of the first to say many happy returns! So in honor of this occasion, let's have a look at what the movie's cast has been up to since they last got their hands on the Megazord:
MMPR Cast - Where Are They Now?
Jason David Frank as Tommy Oliver, the White Ranger
Zord: Falcon Ninjazord
Age Then: 23
Age Now: 43
What He's Been Up to: The longest serving and, arguably, most badass of the Rangers, Frank has kept the Mighty Morphin fire alive after starring in the recent My Morphin Life, a reality show with himself as the focus. Mix that up with his starring role in The One Warrior and putting into action his own plans for a Green Ranger short film!
Steve Cardenas as Rocky DeSantos, the Red Ranger
Zord: Ape Ninjazord
Age Then: 21
Age Now: 41
What's He's Been Up to: The second Red Ranger Steve Cardenas had no acting experience prior to joining the MMPR cast, and after handing over his watch to the new blood, he went on to open two martial arts studios - one in Texas and the other in Burbank, California.
Amy Jo Johnston as Kimberley Ann Hart, the Pink Ranger
Zord: Crane Ninjazord
Age Then: 25
Age Now: 45
What She's Been Up to: Johnson (otherwise known as "our first crush") is actually one of the few Rangers to continue acting. The multi-talented performer has starred in a shed load of stuff including Flashpoint, ER, Spin City and Covert Affairs, and she has released 3 studio albums! The latest album being Never Broken.
Karan Ashley as Aisha Campbell, the Yellow Ranger
Zord: Bear Ninjazord
Age Then: 20
Age Now: 40
What's She Been Up to: The former singer of girl group KRUSH, went on to star in the seminal Hangin' With Mr. Cooper, Kenan & Kel and One on One after her stint as a Power Ranger. 2005 saw the release of Devon's Ghost: The Legend of the Bloody Boy, which she co-wrote the screenplay, produced and edited. Some talented women in the MMPR roster!
Johnny Yong Bosch as Adam Park, the Black Ranger
Zord: Frog Ninjazord
Age Then: 19
Age Now: 39
What He's Been Up to: Yet another multi-talented Ranger, after leaving the series Bosch went on to star in various martial arts movies, eventually becoming a regular voice actor for anime and video games, such as Bleach, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona and Mortal Kombat X.
David Yost as Billy Cranston, the Blue Ranger
Zord: Wolf Ninjazord
Age Then: 26
Age Now: 46
What He's Been Up to: After MMPR, Yost had few movie and TV roles to his name. But he will be mostly remembered for his advocacy for gay rights, after he was allegedly subjected to heinous harassment over his sexuality.
It'S time to give this movie a re-watch, me thinks. Mainly due to this incredible clip: