The second feature film based on the hit Power Rangers action franchise was released in theaters 20 years ago today.
Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, written by Shell Danielson and Shuki Levy and directed by Levy and David Winning, was released in theaters on March 28th, 1997.
In the film, a wizard being hunted by a space pirate finds himself on Earth in search of the Rangers’ mentor, Zordon. When former rangers Kimberly and Jason are kidnapped and Divatox threatening the day, Zordon gives the rangers the new Turbo powers, based around superpowered cars. The Rangers also now includes a young kid named Justin who saw them use their powers. Now, the Turbo Rangers go out on a journey to save their friends and defeat the forces of evil.
The movie starred the current cast of the Power Rangers series, including Johnny Yong Bosch, Jason David Frank, Nakia Burrise, Catherine Sutherland, and Steve Cardenas. Amy Jo Johnson and Austin St. John guest star. Unlike the first movie, the events of this film are canon and tie in directly with the continuity of the TV series–specifically between the end of Zeo and the beginning of the Turbo series.
Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie ended up making just under $10 million at the box office, and would be the last Power Rangers film until this years reboot.