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Opening Credits, Version #1

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)

Fade in as astronauts open a space dumpster and lights swirl out. Rita Repulsa rises up and stretches in her space dumpster. Rita talks to her left as her minions stand about. Rita and her minions turn to their right, as the camera pans sharply up to the Earth in the sky.

Original: Rita’s space dumpster is located on a rogue planetoid near the Earth. It is opened under a cloudy daytime sky. The camera slowly pans upward toward Earth.

Reversion: Rita’s space dumpster is located on the Moon. It is opened under a clear, star-filled, night sky. The video pauses after Rita emerges, with Rita cut-out of the background and purple lighting strikes. The camera quickly pans upward toward Earth.

Exterior shot of the Command Center. Zordon’s head comes into view on his tube after two shots of electricity from the side columns. Alpha fidgets as he looks up at talking Zordon. Alpha activates controls on the console.

Original: Close up on Alpha’s hand as he presses a button on the console.

Reversion: Alpha turns a dial and moves slight left while continuing to man the console.

Five stunned teens turn to electrical colored light as they teleport out of the Juice Bar. Five teens land in Command Center as teleport color and static ceases being emitted by columns. Close up on Zack’s belt region as his Power Morpher appears amid flashy effects. Jason looks forward as white horizontal electricity changes him into the Red Ranger.

Original: Shot of stunned teens is from a previous, un-aired version of Day of the Dumpster.

Reversion: Shot of stunned teens is from the final, aired version of Day of the Dumpster. A wisp of light flows between the teens from our left to right as they begin to teleport.

Megazord rises up in formation. MMPR logo fully forms and is struck by lightning.

Original: Quick shots of a partially formed classic MMPR logo with just “Power” and “Rangers” are interspersed with the Megazord rising up. 1993-era MMPR logo.

Reversion: Upon finishing rising up, Megazord is cut-out of the background as beams of light fly outward from the background center and rotate. 2010-era MMPR logo.

Jason’s does a tornado kick in karate class. Split-screen with Jason turning and looking up at Zordon in the Command Center and Red Ranger posing with initially glowing Power Sword. Austin St. John as Jason.

Original: Split-screen is 50-50 left and right. Credit text is centered in small-caps.

Reversion: Tornado kick is accompanied by camera frame flipping in unison. Split-screen is two smaller, overlapping rectangles over stylized Tyrannosaurus Power Coin. Credit text forms from letters flying in individually from off-screen. Credit text is split, with actor’s name in all-caps.

Trini does Tai Chi in the Youth Center. Split-screen with Trini turning and looking up at Zordon in the Command Center and Yellow Ranger posing with initially glowing Power Daggers. Thuy Trang as Trini.

Original: Split-screen is 50-50 left and right. Credit text is centered in small-caps.

Reversion: Split-screen is two smaller, overlapping rectangles over stylized Sabertooth Tiger Power Coin. Credit text forms from letters flying in individually from off-screen. Credit text is split, with actor’s name in all-caps.

Zacks shows off his moves. Split-screen with Zack turning and looking up at Zordon in the Command Center and Black Ranger posing with initially glowing Power Axe. Walter Jones as Zack.

Original: Zack performs a Hip Hopkido move for his class at the park. Split-screen is 50-50 left and right. Credit text is centered in small-caps.

Reversion: Zack performs a forward flip reversal then turns to face Jason while sparring at the Youth Center. Split-screen is two smaller, overlapping rectangles over stylized Mastodon Power Coin. Credit text forms from letters flying in individually from off-screen. Credit text is split, with actor’s name in all-caps. Clip runs eight frames longer than original, ending later.

Kimberly backflips on balance beam in Youth Center. Split-screen with Kimberly turning and looking up at Zordon in the Command Center and Pink Ranger posing with initially glowing Power Bow. Amy Jo Johnson as Kimberly.

Original: Split-screen is 50-50 left and right. Credit text is centered in small-caps.

Reversion: Split-screen is two smaller, overlapping rectangles over stylized Pterodactyl Power Coin. Credit text forms from letters flying in individually from off-screen. Credit text is split, with actor’s name in all-caps. Clip runs a total of nine frames shorter than original, starting eight frames later and ending one frame earlier.

Billy is roughed up by Putties’ in the desert. Split-screen with Billy turning and looking up at Zordon in the Command Center and Blue Ranger posing with initially glowing Power Lance. David Yost as Billy.

Original: Billy is bumped by a Putty and then ducks under their attack. Split-screen is 50-50 left and right. Credit text is centered in small-caps.

Reversion: Billy is bumped by a Putty into another who bumps back, then begins to duck under their next attack. Split-screen is two smaller, overlapping rectangles over stylized Triceratops Power Coin. Credit text forms from letters flying in individually from off-screen. Credit text is split, with actor’s name in all-caps. Clip runs a single frame shorter than original, starting one frame later.

Quick shot of Zack morphing. Quick shot of Kimberly morphing. Quick shot of Billy morphing. Quick shot of Trini morphing. Quick shot of Jason morphing.

Quick shot of Tyrannosaurus Dinozord. Quick shot of Mastodon Dinozord. Quick shot of Triceratops Dinozord.

Original: Tyrannosaurus Dinozord lumbers forward. Mastodon Dinozord walks to our left, raising trunk. Medium on Triceratops Dinozord rolling toward us.

Reversion: Tyrannosaurus Dinozord rears backward. Mastodon Dinozord raises trunk, spraying frozen mist. Close on Triceratops Dinozord rolling toward us.

Shot of five Rangers posing.

Original: Five Rangers pose, causing their Power Coins to appear behind them.

Reversion: Five Rangers posing with Power Weapons in front of radial, starburst gradient as large, red “Go!” appears above and below and Rangers move closer to center of frame. Scene runs five frames longer than original.

Bulk & Skull walk through carnival playing with cotton candy. Paul Schrier & Jason Narvy as Bulk & Skull.

Original: Credit text is centered in small-caps. Bulk “&” Skull.

Reversion: Screen appears in rectangle in lower right of frame, with stylized skull and crossbones over concentric red and black circles in background. Credit text forms from letters flying in individually from off-screen. Credit text is split, with actor’s name in all-caps. Bulk “and” Skull. Clip runs a total of five frames shorter than original, with featured episodic scene starting twenty-two frames later and ending seventeen frames later.

Zordon moves his mouth while talking.

Original: Slight upward angle. Credit text fades in and is centered in small-caps.

Reversion: Direct angle. Credit text has actor’s name in all-caps.

Five Dinozords race toward battle. Tyrannosaurus Dinozord connects to Triceratops and Sabertooth Tiger Dinozords electrically. Tyrannosaurus Dinozord connects to Mastodon Dinozord electrically.

Original: Five Dinozords race along the horizon, camera panning out from Tyrannosaurus Dinozord.

Reversion: Five Dinozords race toward the camera quickly followed by recycled shot of five Rangers posing with Power Weapons in front of radial, starburst gradient as large, red “Go!” appears above and below and Rangers move closer to center of frame. Megazord formation begins earlier in sequence and each portion is slightly differently timed compared to the original.

Megazord Tank Mode pulls up to the camera and parks as credits fade-in.

Reversion: Slightly differently timed compared to the original.

Pterodactyl Dinozord connects with Megazord body. Megazord head folds out its horns causing a flash which zooms out from the head to the full Megazord posing in lightning.

Original: Producer credits fade-in when scene with Megazord head begins.

Reversion: Producer credits are on-screen when scene with Megazord head begins. Clip runs five frames longer than original, starting four frames earlier and ending one frame later.

Full MMPR logo formation. Fades to black.

Original: 1993-era MMPR logo.

Reversion: 2010-era MMPR logo. Clip runs one frame shorter than original, starting one frame later.

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