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Day of the Dumpster

Revisiting Power Rangers visually compares, frame-by-frame, the original airings of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (which ran on Fox Kids in 1993) with the reversioned airings (which ran on ABC Kids in 2010), seeking to document any striking differences between the two.

For the most part, it is left to the fan to form their own personal opinions on this reversioning.

Watch the complete reversioned versions on Amazon Video. (off-site link)


Rita’s planetoid rises behind the Moon. A space shuttle flies toward a celestial object. Astronauts walk on the surface of the celestial object, with landed space shuttle, Earth & Moon behind them.

Original: Celestial object is Rita’s planetoid.

Reversion: Initial shot of Rita’s planetoid is completely cut. Celestial object is the Moon. Background of shot of space shuttle flying is now filled with stars. Shots of astronauts walking on Moon’s surface is darkened, with stars added to the sky. Space shuttle flying shot starts later and astronauts walking shot ends earlier.

POV of astronauts, seeing gleaming red in distance.

Original: Astronaut POV is scanning the distance, panning left.

Reversion: Scanning the distance is cut. Shot is darkened, with stars added to the sky. Ends one frame early.

Pointing astronauts start running.

Reversion: Shot is darkened. Ends fifteen frames early.

Astronauts approach space dumpster. “Day of the Dumpster” title card fades in.

Reversion: Shot is darkened, with stars added to the sky.

Red gem on space dumpster gleams, astronaut grasps it then lets go.

Reversion: Shot is darkened.

Top of space dumpster is pulled off, and colored streaks land on horizon becoming Goldar, Finster, Squatt, and Baboo, with lightning.

Reversion: Shot is darkened, with stars added to the sky.

Standing next to the space dumpster and now frightened, the two astronauts begin to run away.

Reversion: Shot is darkened.

Zoom out from the space dumpster, revealing Goldar, Finster, Squatt, and Baboo standing on the horizon.

Reversion: Shot is darkened, with stars added to the sky.

Squatt reacts excitedly to being freed from the space dumpster.

Reversion: Shot is darkened, with stars added to the sky.

Astronauts, who have since fallen to the ground, attempt to escape and right themselves at the same time.

Reversion: Shot is darkened, with stars added to the sky. Ends two frames early.

Squatt walks up to and then shouts into the space dumpster.

Reversion: Shot is darkened, with stars added to the sky.

Rita rises up from inside space dumpster, stretching out arms happily.

Original: Rita closes eyes at end.

Reversion: Shot is darkened, with stars added to the sky. Begins one frame early. After rising out of space dumpster, Rita is cut-out of background with jagged white outline with purple moon-scape in back, followed by four concurrent lighting strikes as shot zooms in slightly. Cuts sixteen frames from end of scene where Rita closes eyes, but illustrated portion lasts 53 frames.

Squatt, with hands over mouth, turns to look up toward Rita, then fumbles in satchel as Baboo walks up and smacks him on the head.

Reversion: Shot is darkened (causing halo effect around four villains), with stars added to the sky.

Close-up on Finster, who facepalms and talks before shaking self straight.

Reversion: Shot is darkened (causing slight halo effect around Finster), with stars added to the sky.

Medium on Squatt and Baboo, with latter talking and then walking over to help Rita out of space dumpster. “Written by Tony Oliver & Shuki Levy” credits fade in. Rita stumbles upon escaping, turning to Baboo irritatedly. Rita turns view to space dumpster cover as camera pans and zooms in.

Original: Writing credits appear at bottom of the screen, partially obscuring Rita.

Reversion: Shot is darkened, with stars added to the sky. Writing credits appear in upper right corner of the screen, largely obscuring only the background.

With her minions standing behind her and the astronauts still visible in the distance, Rita uses her wand to blast and destroy the space dumpster, causing the monsters to briefly cheer.

Reversion: Shot is darkened, with stars added to the sky.

(Recycled) Astronauts, who have since fallen to the ground, attempt to escape and right themselves at the same time.

Reversion: Shot is darkened, with stars added to the sky.

With space dumpster remains in the foreground, monsters continue cheering. Rita turns to talk menacingly to the astronauts. “Directed by Adrian Carr” credit fades in. Monsters also turn toward astronauts as Rita continues.

Reversion: Shot is darkened, with stars added to the sky.

Rita and her minions turn to their right as the camera pans towards the sky and to the Earth. Camera fades to black in to commercial break.

Reversion: Shot is darkened, with stars added to the sky. Pan toward the sky and to the Earth is sped up. Overlay appears in upper left over shot of Earth, showing “Goldar, Sinister Space Simian”. Overlay appears in upper right over shot of Earth, showing “Baboo & Squatt, Half Rate Henchmen”. Overlay appears in lower left over shot of Earth, showing “Finster, Master Monster Maker”. Overlay appears in lower right over shot of Earth, showing “Putties, Cosmic Clay Cohorts”. Overlay appears in center over other overlays, showing “Rita Repulsa, Evil Sorceress”. Center overlay enlarges as screen fades to black.

Camera fades from black out of commercial break. Close on “Angel Grove Youth Center Gym & Juice Bar” sign on outside of building. Fades to shot of workout area of the Youth Center as camera pans to the right, eventually centering on Jason and Zack sparring.

Reversion: Exterior shot lasts longer, removing beginning of interior scene.

Close on Kimberly’s legs and feet as she practices on the balance beam. Full shot of Kimberly as she practices on the balance beam.

Reversion: These two scenes are completely cut from the reversion.

Trini and Kimberly finish flipping Bulk and Skull on to the mats, then pose.

Reversion: Ends twelve frames early, largely removing the posing.

Kimberly finishes talking to the camera (Bulk & Skull) as Trini nods and Zack covers his mouth playfully then laughs. Vertical blinds transition from Trini, Zack, and Kimberly to establishment shot of moon’s surface with Earth in background.

Reversion: Ends 84 frames early, cutting Zack laughing, the scene transition, and the establishment shot.

Jason teaches his karate class in the background as spectators watch in the foreground.

Reversion: Begins fourteen frames later.

Jason demonstrates a tornado kick.

Reversion: As Jason performs a tornado kick, the frame rotates around the Y-axis twice, showing a partially-obscured, right-facing Q-Rex under a red-and-black pinwheel overlay.

Bulk crashes to the mat after attempting a tornado kick.

Reversion: Scene appears within a skull-and-crossbones border, with frame shaking as Bulk hits the mat.

Jason’s students bow to him at the end of class.

Reversion: Begins four frames later.

Jason nods and then turns to walk off-screen to our left. Establishment shot of exterior entrance of the Youth Center.

Original: Two scenes fade into each other.

Reversion: Additional commercial break inserted - as Jason nods, scene freezes and he is cut-out of background, which features vector art of various landscape items as three static bird shapes fly behind him. Remainder of scene is cut. Camera fades to black in and out of commercial break.

Establishment shot of Command Center. Camera shakes during earthquake.

Reversion: Saturation of sky is increased, creating a slight halo effect around the Command Center.

As they stand in the Youth Center during the earthquake, each of the five teens is enveloped in teleportation energy and teleported away.

Reversion: A bright wisp of light quickly flows between the teens from left-to-right. Trini appears enveloped in teleportation energy earlier than the others.

Goldar responds to Rita (off-screen). An open torch with flame in a cave. Rita motions wand and fires blast from wand at camera, near statue and flaming torch.

Reversion: Middle scene is completely cut from the reversion, along with last frame of first scene and first frame of last scene.

Three Putties flip onto the scene.

Reversion: Scene is darkened.

Close on Kimberly as she sidesteps into view, looking to sides. Cut to panning left-and-right shot of two Putties approaching. Medium on Kimberly as a Putty does a backflip off a rock behind her and then proceeds to grab her arm, causing her to scream as the scene slows. Camera fades to black in to commercial break.

Reversion: Shot of backflipping Putty is pushed back behind a replay of the previous two scenes played again and is cut mid-backflip (before Putty grabs Kimberly’s arm and she screams). Scene freezes as Kimberly is replaced with a shot of the Pink Ranger mid-pose, cut-out from the background amidst expanding pink-and-white waves. Underlay appears in upper center of screen, showing Kimberly doing a forward flip on the balance beam in the Youth Center. Underlay appears in lower left of screen, showing Kimberly doing a backflip while restrained and then kicking a Putty in the rear. Underlay appears in lower right of screen, showing the Pink Ranger battling Putties on a rooftop and then kicking forward. Pink-and-white waves emit from center again as scene fades to black for commercial.

Kimberly, with arms restrained by two Putties, kicks a third Putty in the rear, causing him to fall forward, and then kicks one of the restraining Putties in the side.

Reversion: As Kimberly connects with the first Putty, a comic-style “OOF!” in pink lettering grows and then shrinks in the middle of the screen.

While surrounded by three Putties, Zack performs some Hip Hopkido, extending a fist to his right before following up with a kick to the abdomen of a Putty.

Reversion: As Zack extends his fist, a comic-style “Snap!” in black lettering in a black starburst grows and then shrinks in the middle of the screen, disappearing before the kick connects.

Billy bumps chests with a Putty to his right, then staggers backward and bumps back-first into a Putty to his left, then rights himself and ducks down as both Putties try to grab him but end up embracing.

Reversion: As Billy bumps chests with the Putty, a comic-style “BONK!” in blue lettering in a yellow starburst grows and then shrinks in the middle of the screen.

A stylized lightning bolt drops in from the top of the screen, causing lightning to crackle once it hits its final destination.

Original: Lightning bolt is from 1993 MMPR logo.

Reversion: Lightning bolt is from 2010 MMPR logo.

The Rangers stand upon the roof of a building, and strike their signature one-stage poses.

Reversion: Gray cloud appears in sky above Rangers. Scene freezes as background is removed and white beams of light radiate from the ground behind them. Ground itself also has pink and black stylized textures.

Goldar lands on the rooftop as camera zooms out. Putties appear and lunge forth.

Reversion: Lightning bolt strikes rooftop and rain beings to fall just before Goldar lands. Heavy storm clouds and orb (Moon?) appear in the sky, partially obscuring Goldar’s sword in some frames as he swings it about. Some frames are removed, resulting in the end being cut and the scene appearing partially in slow-motion.

Bladehand Putty strikes screen.

Reversion: This scene is completely cut from the reversion.

Red Ranger poses, two-stage, Zord-summoning style.

Reversion: Upon completing pose, scene freezes with Red Ranger cut-out from background. Red-and-black pinwheel-overlay with obscured, right-facing Q-Rex appearing in background as camera zooms in slightly on Ranger. Runs 30 frames longer at end.

Black Ranger poses, two-stage, Zord-summoning style.

Reversion: After first stage of pose, scene freezes with Black Ranger cut-out from background. Spinning black-and-blue pinwheel-overlay with white dotted texture appears in background as camera zooms in slightly on Ranger. Runs 31 frames longer due to cut-out.

Blue Ranger poses, two-stage, Zord-summoning style.

Reversion: Upon completing pose, scene freezes with Blue Ranger cut-out from background. Spinning blue-and-black pinwheel-overlay appears in background as camera zooms in slightly on Ranger and two blue star shapes shoot toward upper corners from center. Runs 31 frames longer at end.

Yellow Ranger poses, two-stage, Zord-summoning style.

Reversion: Upon completing pose, scene freezes with Yellow Ranger cut-out from background. Slight yellow starburst pattern with red dotted texture appears in background as four darker yellow arrows shoot toward upper right from lower left. White arrow shoots clockwise around Ranger from behind head to front right side. Runs 30 frames longer at end.

Pink Ranger poses, two-stage, Zord-summoning style.

Reversion: Upon completing pose, scene freezes with Pink Ranger cut-out from background. Large red heart appears behind Ranger as two smaller pink hearts shoot out to either side in front of dark pink, heart-textured background. Runs 30 frames longer at end.

Giant Goldar raises sword.

Original: First frame is a double-exposure of the first frame of this scene and the last scene of the previous scene from Zyuranger, featuring the unused Battle Bikes.

Reversion: First frame is a duplicate of the second frame, remedying the Battle Bikes issue. Saturation of sky is increased (except in first frame), creating a halo-effect around Goldar.

Tyrannosaurus Dinozord’s head rises from fiery pit. Tyrannosaurus Dinozord rises straight up amid flames and smoke.

Reversion: Comic-style narration box slides in on lower left, reading “Red Ranger Tyrannosaurus!”. Begins one frame later and ends four frames earlier.

Mastodon Dinozord surfaces from its icy domain. Mastodon Dinozord exhales its icy breath. Close on Mastodon Dinozord’s feet as it begins to walk. Mastodon Dinozord stomps along the snowy surface.

Reversion: Comic-style narration box slides in on lower left, reading “Black Ranger Mastodon!”. Six frames cut from third scene; four frames cut from fourth scene.

Triceratops Dinozord appears within the sands of the desert. Triceratops Dinozord opens its mouth while dashing through the dirt.

Reversion: Comic-style narration box slides in on lower left, reading “Blue Ranger Triceratops!”. Begins one frame later and ends two frames earlier.

Sabertooth Tiger Dinozord sprints through the jungle. Sabertooth Tiger Dinozord opens its mouth in a close up. Sabertooth Tiger Dinozord leaps out of the greenery.

Reversion: Comic-style narration box slides in on lower left, reading “Yellow Ranger Sabertooth Tiger!”. Beings two frames later and ends one frame earlier.

Volcano erupts. Pterodactyl Dinozord soars upwards amid lava smoke.

Reversion: Comic-style narration box slides in on lower left, reading “Pink Ranger Pterodactyl!”. Begins four frames later and ends one frame earlier. Final frame is missing comic-style narration box.

Mastodon Dinozord connects with Tyrannosaurus Dinozord, causing a pulse of energy throughout. Close-on Triceratops Dinozord’s wheels passing through the desert sands. Megazord Tank Mode rumbles forth.

Reversion: Comic-style narration box slides in on lower left, reading “Megazord Tank Mode!”.

Teens react to Kimberly’s joke as Alpha 5 begins smoking and convulsing. Medium on Alpha continuing to react. Back to all teens as Kimberly walks over to Alpha, apologizing for the joke, joining Jason in trying to wave away smoke. Alpha ceases convulsing, grabs head, then tilts head. Long shot on Rangers reassured at Alpha’s recovery. Close on Jason’s extended fist as other Rangers pile on hands.

Reversion: End credits run over bottom half of frame during final scenes of the episode, rather than the :30 second outro.

Long shot of teens standing in a circle with hands extended toward center, stacked, with Alpha 5 looking on. They push their hands down, and then upward while jumping up and shouting “Power Rangers!” Freeze frame. Fade to black.

Original: After freeze frame, Executive Producers credit fades in over center of frame.

Reversion: End credits continue running over bottom half of frame. White flash occurs before freeze frame. After white flash, teens appear cut-out of background with Ranger-colored outlines. Radial starburst extends from center background, rotating clockwise. Two yellow arrows extend from behind teens on left. Two blue stars extend from behind teens on right. Red heart extends from teens in front center. Fade to black begins earlier.


Episode Segment Lengths

Airing“Today on Power Rangers”Opening CreditsEpisodeEnding CreditsTotal
Original00:0001:0219:1400:3120:47
Reversion00:0001:0219:2800:0420:35

Thanks to SirStack’s Morphylogeny (off-site link) for the use of some clip descriptions.