There’s a lot of buzz about the new Power Rangers reboot coming to theaters next year, and we wanted to take this opportunity to revisit the original rangers’ roots. That’s right, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers! And after 23 years since it’s television premiere on Fox Kids, we’re still trying to figure out what “Morphin” is.

The show began production under the name “Dino Rangers”

1a-dino-rangersIn an interview with, Amy Jo Johnson (The Pink Ranger), revealed that the show was originally called “Dino Rangers”, most likely to cash in on the Jurassic Park craze going on at the time.

It’s based on a Japanese show called Super Sentai, which all the action sequences were taken from

2a-super-sentaiThe Power Rangers show is based on the wildly popular Super Sentai show which originally aired in Japan in 1975. The original Mighty Morhpin Power Rangers is actually based on the 16th version of Super Sentai, which was titled The Beast Rangers of the Dinosaur Corps. All of the action and fight scenes were taken from the Japanese version of the show, and the US scripts were written around it.

The Power Rangers Command Center actually exists

3a-Power-rangers-command-centerYou can actually visit the Power Rangers Command Center (hypothetically, since it sits completely on private property). It’s actually called The House of the Book, and can be found at the American Jewish University’s Brandeis-Bardin Campus in Simi Valley, California (North-west of Las Angeles). It’s also been in an episode of Star Trek, the movie Lawnmower Man and the music video for Marilyn Manson’s The Dope Show.

The Black Ranger is missing the middle finger on his left hand

4a-black-rangerIt’s true, when we originally heard this, we immediately set off to Googling every image of the original black ranger just to be sure. Apparently he lost it in an accident when he was four.

The Green Ranger was only supposed to appear in a few episodes

5a-green-ranger-tommyBefore he became The White Ranger, Tommy (actor Jason David Frank) was only supposed to appear in a few episodes. But the fans loved him and sent in enough letters to inspire the show’s creator to keep Tommy as a regular character for the remainder of the show.

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