So a few days ago the Power Rangers fan film was shown to the world. Here is the post I made about it earlier (Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Bootleg Film By Joseph Kahn) It was welcome with mixed reviews, even the some of original actors of the show liked the take on it. But as for Saban……. Not so much… Saban, who owns the rights to the Rangers. Was not to pleased with the gritty take on their Rangers and had the video pulled from Vimeo and now successfully yanked it from Youtube….. Yep…. You read that right, sadly.
12 million views in only a few days, Youtube took down the fan film, which stars Katee Sackhoff & James Van Der Beek, due to a “copyright challenge” by owner Saban Brands.
The director for the fan film, Joseph Kahn told Deadline:
“I think it’s a huge blow for fandom. I think they’re hurting themselves. I think with this short they’ve gotten more attention than ever before. How do you break the Internet with the Power Rangers? I think it gave them a lot of publicity and revived its pop culture awareness. Instead of supporting the good will of the fans, they’ve turned it into a legal issue. It doesn’t sound like they’re thinking of the fandom at all.” Stated Kahn. “I hope they come to an awareness of how modern pop culture works. The audience will pay for the franchise, but they want to play with it as well. You can’t just dictate that these are the things you are going to watch in the way we want you to watch it. That’s not the way society works anymore. If you want the support of the modern fandom, you need to let them participate.”
Amy Jo Johnson(Pink Ranger) & (Black Ranger) Walter Jones took to their Facebook pages to express enthusiasm for the gritty, mature-audiences take on the TV franchise.
Johnson posted the video saying, “Okay… so you’ve ALL probably seen this already. BUT just wanted to share. Personally I think it’s kind of awesome. BUT don’t tell Saban that!! I might get sued. And it’s clearly NOT for KIDS!!”
Shortly Jones said on his own page, praising the work put into the film. Only less willing to put it out there for the fans.
“I wont be posting the video of the Power Rangers deboot video because I still have fans that are kids,” Jones wrote. “I will say… I thought it was very well done and entertaining. I am looking forward to other interpretations of this amazing show. I am blessed to have had the pleasure of helping to create here in the states! Its Morphing Time!!”
I understand why some people would be a little unhappy with the film. But… To freak out like Saban did rather ridiculous. It’s a fan made film! Come on! But I did find it up still on Dailymotion and here is the video! Check it out while you still can!