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No Clowning Around

Revisiting Power Rangers 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 visual 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)

Laying on the ground after being caught by Jason, Zack speaks, then grabs Jason by the neck, pulls him close, and kisses him on the cheek. Jason then pushes Zack away as Zack laughs.

Reversion: As Zack kisses Jason, multiple red hearts float upward and a blue dove flies across the screen.

Holding a stilt in one hand, a clown turns and looks to our right, the shot freezing as the head of a Putty is revealed, superimposed over the clown. Pineapple the Clown reaches from off-screen and grabs the clown’s shoulder, turning the clown around to talk to him, as the camera pans left.

Reversion: The superimposed Putty head has a red circle and yellow starburst radiating outward behind it.

Pineapple the Clown playfully pushes the clown in the chest as they both look around briefly and laugh.

Original: Camera fades to black in to commercial break.

Reversion: Before the fade out, earlier shot of the clown turning and looking to our right with a superimposed Putty head is enclosed in a carnival style frame with “POWER RANGERS” in a banner above. Banner slowly moves up before camera pans right to another enclosed frame of Pineapple the Clown sprinking magic golden dust as Trini looks on in horror as Slyvia is now a cardboard cutout. Camera pans right to an enclosed frame of Pineapple the Clown melting into the ground as Pineoctopus emerges. Camera pans right to an enclosed frame of giant Pineoctopus looming over the five Rangers in front of dark storm clouds.

As Bulk eats cotton candy, an egg lands and cracks open on the top of his head.

Reversion: A comic-style “Plip!” in yellow-lettering falls with the egg and stretches downward.

As Bulk tries to figure out what happened, Skull turns to look as an egg lands and cracks open on the top of his head.

Reversion: A comic-style “Plip!” in yellow-lettering falls with the egg and stretches downward.

Looking upward, a second egg lands and cracks open on Bulk’s forehead. He slowly moves his head back down as the camera pans left to Skull pointing at himself and saying only one hit him.

Reversion: A comic-style “Plip!” in yellow-lettering falls with the egg and stretches downward.

A second egg lands and cracks open on the top of Skull’s head, leaving him speechless.

Reversion: A comic-style “Plip!” in yellow-lettering falls with the egg and stretches downward.

The five teens and a single clown’s attempt at a human pyramid collapses.

Reversion: As the human pyramid collapses, a comic-style “BOOM!” falls in from above, the “M” falling forward, causing the other characters to collapse inward.

Pineapple the Clown sprinkles magic golden dust on Slyvia as she raises both hands and talks to Trini. Brief over the shoulder shot of Sylvia as the magic golden dust falls on her as Trini looks on in disbelief.

Reversion: Magic golden dust has an additional golden glow added.

Pineapple the Clown briefly raises hand before quickly running off to our right. Trini, in defensive pose, looks down and steps forward.

Reversion: Additional commercial break inserted between two scenes. Camera fades to black in to commercial break. Camera fades from black out of commercial break.

A clown running toward the camera transforms into a Putty with a ruffle collar.

Reversion: Transformation features additional colored confetti effect.

A well-dressed clown with umbrella, tipping his top hat, transforms into a Putty with ruffle collar, top hat, and dropped umbrella.

Reversion: Transformation features additional colored confetti effect.

A ring-twirling clown transforms into a Putty with ruffle collar, continuing to twirl rings

Reversion: Transformation features additional glow and colored confetti effect.

A Putty with ruffle collar has a swing kicked into its gut by Kimberly, causing it to get tangled in another swing and fall down.

Reversion: A comic-style “KICK!” in gray-lettering in a red starburst grows and shrinks away in the middle of the screen as the Putty is struck.

Jason side kicks a Putty with ruffle collar in the midsection.

Reversion: A comic-style “KRAK!” in red-lettering appears and shakes as Jason connects.

As Zack rolls into a frame, a pursuing Putty with ruffle collar shoots in, lifting Zack and placing him on a nearby ride.

Reversion: As the Putty lifts Zack, a comic-style “BIFF!” in gray-lettering in a black starburst appears and spins briefly in the middle of the screen.

Kimberly easily kicks away a Putty with ruffle collar.

Reversion: A comic-style “Snap!” in purple-letting in a pink starburst grows and shrinks away in the middle of the screen as Kimberly connects.

Zoom out from Red as four Rangers pose on outdoor stage.

Reversion: At the completion of the pose, four striped color bars cross the background diagonally behind their respective Rangers.

Giant Pineoctopus looms over five small Power Rangers.

Reversion: Darks storm clouds are added in the background, with a purple lightning strike on the left at the start.

Yellow takes the lead as all five Rangers turn to our right, reach to sky with right arms, and summon Dinozords.

Reversion: Saturation of background is increased, creating a white halo around the Rangers.

Tyrannosaurus Dinozord’s head slowly rises from the molten red ground. Close up of Tyrannosaurus Dinozord’s hands as it rises up.

Reversion: Comic-style narration box slides in on lower left, reading “Red Ranger Tyrannosaurus!”.

Mastodon Dinozord surfaces from its icy domain. Mastodon exhales its icy breath. Close-on Mastodon Dinozord’s walking feet. Mastodon stomps along the snowy surface.

Reversion: Comic-style narration box slides in on lower left, reading “Black Ranger Mastodon!”.

Triceratops Dinozord appears within the sands of the desert. Triceratops’s wheels pass through the desert sands.

Reversion: Comic-style narration box slides in on lower left, reading “Blue Ranger Triceratops!”.

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

Reversion: Comic-style narration box slides in on lower left, reading “Yellow Ranger Sabertooth Tiger!”.

Pterodactyl Dinozord soars upwards amid lava lights. Pterodactyl Dinozord flies out of the smoking volcano and disturbs trees as it reaches them.

Reversion: Comic-style narration box slides in on lower left, reading “Pink Ranger Pterodactyl!”.

Megazord Tank Mode rumbles forth.

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

Sitting together, Trini and Sylvia discuss the lesson she learned. The other teens arrive, Billy attempting to walk on low stilts, before falling forward and being caught and righted by Jason and Trini.

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

Wide shot of the five teens and Slyvia laughing. Freeze frame.

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

Reversion: A sustained red-and-yellow confetti explosion occurs in the upper right of the frame followed by a sustained green-and-blue confetti explosion in the upper left.

Episode Segment Lengths
Airing“Today on Power Rangers”Opening CreditsEpisodeEnding CreditsTotal
Original00:3001:0218:4500:3120:48
Reversion00:3001:0218:5800:0420:35

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