May 07, 2014 | 1:06 p.m.
The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers are headed back to the big screen. Lionsgate and licensing entity Saban Brands announced Wednesday that they are teaming up to reboot the five color-coded heroes for the modern era. No director or screenwriter has been announced for the live-action film, which will “re-envision” the team of high school kids with special super powers tasked with saving the world. “The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” TV series debuted in 1993 and aired on Fox for three years, attracting a following among the elementary-school set drawn to the adventures of the heroes as they battled giant robots and other foes. The show offered actions and low-budget charms — frequently recycling footage from “Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger,” a Japanese program, with American actors dubbing in the voices. The Power Rangers made the leap to the big screen in 1995’s […]
Feb. 18, 2013 | 2:25 p.m.
A new study on children’s behavior has found that certain TV programming beats other programming when you’re trying to calm aggressive, violent behavior in preschoolers. And once again, the Power Rangers were among the evildoers. Power Rangers bad. Dora, and presumably her monkey Boots, good. What it comes down to is, less violent programming equals less violent preschoolers. Parents who are always in search of quality animated films and TV shows for their kids may be tempted to reply, “Duh.” What’s different about this new study was the emphasis on switching channels rather than simply pulling the cord out of the wall. As the Los Angeles Times’ Monte Morin reports, researchers are saying parents should steer children in the right direction. “It is a variation on the ‘if you can’t beat ’em join ’em’ idea,” Claire McCarthy, a pediatrician at […]
Feb. 07, 2011 | 5:24 a.m.
Los Angeles Times television writer Yvonne Villarreal looks at Nickelodeon’s new fight club… Eighteen years — and 15 iterations — after they premiered, the Power Rangers are still demonstrating their mighty morphin’ abilities. Now Nickelodeon is introducing a new generation of kids to the long-running franchise of teenage costumed heroes with the prime-time premiere Monday of the live-action series “Power Rangers Samurai.” “The show has been a point of entry into action adventure, sci-fi and fantasy for young children for so many years,” said Pete Danielsen, executive vice president of programming for Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group. “And we hope that remains true as we add it to our lineup.” In the new edition, shot in New Zealand, five spirited teens battle monsters under the guidance of a samurai mentor to save the world. “There’s no other show for kids […]
May 13, 2010 | 6:18 p.m.
Ben Fritz of Company Town reports that the Power Rangers have exited the House of Mouse... One of the most popular — and reviled — icons of 1990s children’s television is back in the hands of the man who launched it. Media mogul Haim Saban has bought back the rights to “Power Rangers,” the hit television show that fueled his dominance of children’s television in the 1990s, from Walt Disney Co., which took control of the property in 2001. Saban has also signed a deal with Nickelodeon, Disney’s primary rival in the children’s TV business, to air 20 new episodes of “Power Rangers” that he will produce, along with a catalog of more than 700 episodes. The deal is worth about $100 million, according to a person familiar with the situation. Saban declined to comment on the price. Originally […]