The Power Rangers are back on TV
Saban Entertainment announced that it has bought back the franchise series Power Rangers from Disney Wednesday, May 12, after the latter ceased production for a new series that was supposed to be shown this year.
The Power Rangers is based from the Japanese tokusatsu Super Sentai franchise. The American series takes much of its footage, especially the robot battles, from the Japanese version.
The first incarnation is the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in 1993. It starred Amy Jo Johnson (Felicity) as the Pink Ranger. By 2002, Disney bought the franchise from Saban after Disney acquired Fox Family Worldwide. All in all, there were 17 incarnations, each one based on a Super Sentai series. The last one, which is Power Rangers: RPM, ended in December 2009.
The franchise has generated 5 billion dollars in revenue worldwide. Saban, however, refused to declare how much was the cost for the acquisition.
The 18th season will be shown via the Nickelodeon network sometime during the first quarter of 2011.
Children of the current generation will then be able to continue the tradition of following the series and shout the famous line, “It’s Morphin’ Time”.