Disney Shuts Off ‘Power Rangers,’ Selling Them Back to Creator; New Season Goes to Nick
Originally acquired by Disney when it acquired then Fox Family Worldwide (the network channel now known as ABC Family) back in 2001, the Power Rangers have received mixed messages from its master. Despite its immense popularity and several seasons (‘generations’) being produced by Disney, the series struggled to find its way in the Disney family, mostly for its perceived portrayal of violence in fantasy fighting.
The show, which would seem most at home on Disney XD, ultimately found itself restricted to Saturday morning programming on ABC. RPM was the last original season produced by Disney in 2009 with Disney opting to following it by re-running the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (MMPR) series instead of producing new shows.
The deal announced today will return the property, including all seventeen seasons, to its original creator, Haim Saban, and his corporate entity, Saban Capital Group. Saban plans on producing a new season of the franchise which will air on the Nickelodeon network.
Currently, Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort offers several daily meet & greet opportunities with Power Rangers from multiple generations. At this time it is unclear whether they will continue to appear as a result of the sale, but it’s probably not likely that they will.