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Food Fight

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)


Aerial exterior of the Youth Center, slightly slowed. “Food Fight” title card fades in and out at bottom of screen. Fade to exterior of Youth Center, guy on skateboard gets off it and walks as van passes by and several people head inside. Interior shot of Youth Center gym area as camera pans left from entrance, showing people setting up for the food festival. “Written by Cheryl Saban” card fades in and out at bottom of screen.

Reversion: Shots before interior shot, which fades in, are cut. “Food Fight” title card fades in over middle of screen and fades out with writer card.

Within Repulsascope, people mingle at the food festival.

Original: Camera fades to black in to commercial break.

Reversion: With pig-skin pattern in background, Pudgy Pig appears via flame teleportation effect within a black-bordered frame to the left. A smaller black-bordered frame appears in the lower-right where Pudgy Pig picks up a trash can and pours its contents into his mouth, falling backward as he does so. Another black-bordered frame appears in the upper right with Pudgy Pig at the food festival, gobbling up tray after tray of food, before turning to face the camera. Cut to nearly full frame-sized, black-bordered frame as Pudgy Pig, in an alley, raises hooves to head before entire frame sucks into the center to reveal Pudgy Pig on a roof-top sucking it into his mouth. Twenty-four fading-to-black, pre-commercial frames are cut.

Side-angle view on Mr. Kaplan as a pie flies over his head, blowing off his toupee and causing him to place his hand on his head.

Reversion: A comic-style “Woosh!” in green lettering flies in with the pie then stops in place over Mr. Kaplan’s head.

Skull, with face and upper torso covered in pie, looks up and toward camera from downward left and yells “food fight!” before turning slight left and throwing a pie off-screen.

Reversion: Scene pauses for 30 frames after yelling with Skull cut out from stylized gray skull and crossbones on black background with yellow paint splatter and the words “FOOD FIGHT!” coming in from the right and stopping as if coming out of his mouth, before scene resumes as normal.

Wide-angle shot as the food festival descends into chaos, as almost everyone begins to participate, Zack trying to escape near the bottom

Original: At the end, Kimberly can be seen trying to get individual teens to stop.

Reversion: Scene ends thirty frames early.

A pie on Bulk’s extended-off-screen right hand falls on top of his head, stunning him.

Reversion: A comic-style “SPLAT” in yellow lettering in front of rounded starbust grows and shrinks in the middle of the screen.

Pudgy Pig lays on a blue picnic blanket, eating all the food. The food fight continues at the food festival, with Bulk, Skull, and Sharkie actively participating in the background.

Reversion: Additional commercial break inserted between two scenes - camera fades to black after first scene, cutting twenty-nine frames. Camera fades from black before second scene, cutting one frame.

Mr. Kaplan on the stairs near the Juice Bar is soaked with the contents of a large punch bowl as he is turning slightly to his right, causing him to extend both arms in horror.

Reversion: A comic-style “SPLASH!” in blue lettering flies in diagonally on-screen with the punch before levelling out and then shrinking away at center of 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.

Five Rangers, facing edge of rooftop, are suddenly taken by surprise as entire screen spins around, over and over, colorfully.

Reversion: Eleven pre-commercial fading frames are cut. Before commercial, quick zoom out to reveal three rows of comic-like panels with four, three, and two panels, respectively. In frame one, Bulk throws a pie to our right before being jaggedly cut-out from the background with white edges. In frame two, mirror-flipped side-angle on Mr. Kaplan as a pie and comic-style “Woosh!” in green lettering flies by, blowing off his toupee, causing him to place hand on head. In frame three, Skull turns slight right and gets hit in the face with a pie. In frame four, Skull looks downward, then up, then yells as he is cut out from the entire screen with the words “FOOD FIGHT!”. In frame five, teen in sombrero throws a bowl of chips upward. In frame six, the teens attempt to shield themselves from flying food. In frame seven, teen squirts ketchup and mustard upward as he is cut-out from background with red and yellow effects behind him. In frame eight, Jason twirls sausages like nunchuks, then is cut-out from background. In frame nine, Bulk’s extended off-screen arm drops a pie on his own head, then zoom-in on his stunned face, now cut-out from background, as camera fades to black.

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.

Yellow Ranger rolls to the side, snags Power Daggers, and poses.

Reversion: Shot freezes as six white arrows shoot out in various directions behind Yellow Ranger, followed by yellow and orange beams and various green lines. Runs thirty frames longer.

Pink Ranger leaps up and grabs Power Bow.

Reversion: Starts three frames late. Shot freezes and background changes to black texture as Pink Ranger catches Power Bow, with large pink heart in center background and a couple smaller hearts to the left followed by a white-outlined circle, then quick zoom in and slight skew before returning to normal. Extended section runs 34 frames.

Blue & Black Rangers leap up with weapons, zoom in on Black Ranger’s midair pose.

Reversion: Stylized black-and-white Mastodon Power Coin fills background behind cut-out Black Ranger, entire shot de-blurring within vertical lines. Runs thirty frames longer.

Zoom out from helmet, as Black Ranger shifts Power Axe into blaster mode before throwing it.

Original: First frame is a blended frame of the first frame of this scene and the last scene of the previous scene from Zyuranger.

Reversion: Stylized black-and-yellow Mastodon Power Coin appears in upper right background.

Zoom out from helmet, as Pink Ranger crosses Power Bow to her side then flings it upward.

Original: First frame is a blended frame of the first frame of this scene and the last scene of the previous scene from Zyuranger.

Reversion: Stylized black-and-yellow Pterodactyl Power Coin appears in upper right background.

Zoom out from helmet, as Yellow Ranger twirls Power Daggers, crosses arms, then throws them upward.

Reversion: Stylized black-and-yellow Sabertooth Tiger Power Coin appears in upper right background.

Zoom out from helmet, as Blue Ranger holds both ends of Power Lance in the air, then throws them upward.

Reversion: Stylized black-and-yellow Triceratops Power Coin appears in upper left background.

Close up of Red Ranger as he looks up, gestures arms while holding Power Sword, and leaps up. Red Ranger floats up to combined weapons and prepares Sword to add to them.

Reversion: Saturation of blue background is increased, creating a white halo around Red Ranger.

Red Ranger drops back down from the air with Power Blaster in his hand. After Red Ranger lands, the other four Rangers join his side, each grabbing onto the Power Blaster or touching another’s shoulders.

Original: First frame of the first scene is a blended frame of the first frame of the first scene and the last scene of the previous scene from Zyuranger. Last frame of the first scene is a blended frame of the last frame of the first scene and the first frame of the second scene.

Reversion: Saturation of blue background is increased, creating a white halo around Red Ranger. Stylized black-and-yellow Tyrannosaurus Power Coin appears in upper middle background of first scene.

Five Rangers remain together as Power Blaster unleashes five beams of power at the screen. Combined Power Blaster beam blasts across the screen.

Reversion: Saturation of blue background is increased, creating a white halo around Rangers and Power Blaster and largely obscuring the beam.

Mr. Kaplan takes a pitcher of water from Kimberly and procedes to lean back, effectively dumping the entire pitcher against his face and causing his toupee to fall off, before leaning back forward, slowly lowering pitcher, and showing a semi-shocked look. Close on Zack and Trini staring with blank faces at Mr. Kaplan (off-screen). Close on Jason stifling a laugh while looking at Mr. Kaplan (off-screen). Close on Billy, holding platter of food with horrified face, and Kimberly, who raises hand to mouth, staring at Mr. Kaplan (off-screen). Still shocked Mr. Kaplan raises eyebrows and turns slight left, comments and begins to laugh. Wide shot of Mr. Kaplan and teens all laughing in relief. Shot of Mr. Kaplan laughing in relief. Shot of Zack and Trini laughing. Shot of Billy and Kimberly laughing.

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

Wide shot of Mr. Kaplan and teens laughing. Freeze frame.

Original: After freeze frame, Executive Producers credit fades in over center of frame. Fade to black at end.

Reversion: End credits continue running over bottom half of frame. Shot freezes with characters cut out on crumbled lined-paper background. Mr. Kaplan gains hand-drawn moose antlers and domino mask as frame moves about before a blue-and-white striped star flies in from the bottom and grows to cover the screen.


Episode Segment Lengths

Airing“Today on Power Rangers”Opening CreditsEpisodeEnding CreditsTotal
Original00:3001:0218:4200:3120:45
Reversion00:3001:0218:5700:0420:34

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