About Power Rangers
Appealing to consumers of all ages and backgrounds, Power Rangers quickly became the most watched children’s television program in the U.S following its introduction in 1993 on the Fox Kids Network. Immediately after its U.S. debut, the popular show was released internationally and has become a global phenomenon airing in more than 40 markets worldwide with more than 700 episodes and counting. Emphasizing the importance of teamwork, fitness, responsibility, and helping others, Power Rangers follows the always exciting and often humorous adventures of ordinary young people who “morph” into extraordinary superheroes.
The series that began the franchise, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (an American adaptation of the 1992 Japanese Super Sentai Series, Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger), began broadcasting as part of the Fox Kids block of programing that aired on the Fox network. It lasted for three seasons from 1993 to 1995.
Rather than making an English dub or translation of the Japanese footage, Power Rangers programs consist of scenes featuring English-speaking actors (either from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom) spliced with scenes featuring either Japanese actors dubbed into English or the action scenes from the Super Sentai Series featuring the Rangers fighting monsters or the giant robot (Zord and Megazord) battles with English dubbing. In some series, original fight scenes are filmed to incorporate characters or items unique to the Power Rangers production. Like many of Saban Entertainment’s previous ventures in localizing Japanese television for a Western audience, the plot, character names, and other names usually differ greatly from the source footage, though a few seasons have stayed close to the story of the original Super Sentai season.
As of 2006, Power Rangers aired at least 65 times a week in more than 40 worldwide markets. Many markets carry or have carried the series on their respective Fox or later Jetix/Disney XD channels or have syndicated the program on regional children’s channels or blocks, either dubbed into the local language or broadcast in the original English. In Japan, all Power Rangers shows and movies were dubbed into Japanese for television and video with the voice actors often pulled from past Super Sentai casts, leading to the English-dubbed action sequences being “re-dubbed” or “restored” back to Japanese as well. This stopped after Lightspeed Rescue. Bandai of Korea dubs the original Super Sentai series from Japanese into Korean and airs it as Power Rangers on JEI TV in South Korea and has so far had Dino Thunder, S.P.D., Magic Force, Treasure Force, Wild Spirit, Engine Force, and Jungle Force.
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