Most fans of the long-running superhero television franchise, Power Rangers, already know that its fight footage originates from a completely separate show in Japan known as Super Sentai. This practice has been going on since 1993 with a partnership between the show’s owners and Toei, the company that owns Super Sentai.
Ranger fans have now for a while about Hasbro’s plans to move the franchise away from the original Super Sentai footage after our report in 2020. Since then we have seen Power Rangers use less of the Japanese footage in both Power Rangers Beast Morphers and Power Rangers Dino Fury.
We had the opportunity to sit down with Dino Fury stars Russell Curry and Chance Perez and ask them about pulling away from the Sentai footage.
Check out the full interview below and read on to learn more:
Power Rangers Uses More American Footage Than Ever
The Illuminerdi: Simon Bennett went on to say that you guys use less and less footage than your predecessors before you with the Super Sentai footage. Especially with being on Netflix now, do you think we’re getting into an area where we’re becoming less reliant on the Super Sentai footage? With the last 30 years of creativity, can Power Rangers stand on it’s own without the Super Sentai?
Russell Curry: Yeah, it’s definitely the direction that we headed with season two, especially. It’s really, really great to see our amazing stunt team just make everything their own, and create these amazing action sequences. We have a really cool mix because our second unit directors, we had Akihiro Yuji who’s been on Power Rangers since day one.
Which being on set with him and with a legend who created something that I love growing up is like, “Oh my gosh, Yuji San. So amazing.” And then we have Kenji who is brand new to Power Rangers. It’s his very first time. He brings this freshness. And all these crazy things that I’m just like, “How did you think of that?”It’s great to just see those guys shine, and our entire stunt team, and stunt performers shine and make it their own.
Chance Perez: If I may. Kenji on, it was during the first week of us doing the training. I remember him, he’s like, “yeah, punch him as hard as you can.” And I’m like, “Are you sure?” He’s like, “They’re stuntmen. Do it!” I’m like, “Okay.” And I’m like, I hit him really hard. And he’s like, “Oh, I’m okay. Again.”
And he’s like, I want to create a new kind of Ranger. I’m like, “What do you mean by that?” I want the intensity to be shaking your hands. I’m getting really into it. But just seeing him so passionate about what he wants these Rangers to be, and what he wants them to embody. I knew it was going to be something special from jump.
Power Rangers Dino Fury stars Russell Curry as Zayto the Red Dino Fury Ranger, Kai Moya as Ollie Akana the Blue Dino Fury Ranger, Hunter Deno as Amelia Jones the Pink Dino Fury Ranger, Tessa Rao as Izzy Garcia the Green Dino Fury Ranger, Chance Perez as Javi Garcia the Black Dino Fury Ranger, Jordon Fite as Aiyon the Gold Dino Fury Ranger, Jared Turner as Void Knight, and Jo Davidson as Solon.
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