Oh yeah, I’m going there. I’m about to attack these people without a single bit of mercy. They deserve it. They deserve all the vitriol and all the trash talking they get. Why? Because Saban Entertainment has decided to exploit the DMCA. For what reason? Because they’re butthurt. For real, that’s what it boils down to. They got butthurt about an amazing fan film (that was 100X better than their POS film is going to be) that they don’t like, so they requested that it be taken down. A bunch of amazing people put a lot of time and effort into this movie and what do they do? They destroy it, purely out of spite. I have a lot of rage to go around, so let’s get to it.
For those who don’t know, the producer of Dredd, another awesome film that was made after something cartoonish and silly was made, decided to make a short film based on the series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Keeping with the style of Dredd, it was dark, gritty and in-your-face. What’s more, it touched on some of the elements that I actually thought about as I got older. Zordon recruits the original Power Rangers as teenagers. So, they are child soldiers, fighting his war for him. The short film looked at that, showing how it would actually be horrifying to live that kind of life. It had some awesome performances form the guy who played Dawson in Dawson’s Creek and a woman whose name I forget in Battlestar Galactica. It was a great film. There was a lot of heart and it looked at dark issues that, when you read between the lines of the original series, were there.
Now, Saban Entertainment, the people who hold the original copyright to the series, saw this film, they were not happy. Turns out, the guy in charge of the company is a control freak and kind of a douche. They really hated that film. They didn’t like how it painted the Power Rangers and the universe they inhabited. They didn’t like the grit and the violence (and it was violent. This short film had a LOT of blood and gore). They didn’t like the implication that the Rangers were being used as child soldiers (even though they so obviously were). They didn’t like it.
They weren’t the only ones. The guy who originally played Tommy (the only good character in the original series, though only when he was the Green Ranger) was also not a fan. I kind of get that. After all, he made his career (what it is) on the back of that series and he doesn’t want to rock the boat. It is still making him money.
However, the Internet LOVED it. For real, that film got almost 12 million hits in a few days. Do you know how crazy that is?! The Internet, as a whole, thought that this was the best thing ever. Most people wanted more. They wanted to see an entire film about this. Myself, I kind of do, but I also recognize that this might have worked better as a short, so some of the sillier elements didn’t stick out as much. Like their Ranger outfits, which were still kind of silly. Still, this got a lot of online attention, and when something has the Internet’s attention, do you know what you don’t want to do? Try and ruin their good time.
See, Saban used DMCA to get the video taken down. Why? Well, I have a theory – it’s because they are trying to preserve the series wholesome and family-friendly image (as stupid and cartoonish), which as relevance now for them, because they have a new movie coming out. That’s right, Lionsgate has made a reboot film for the franchise, which is going to be coming out reasonably soon. Saban, being the butthurt douchebags that they are, doesn’t want this film to color people’s expectations.
Too late, Saban! For real, they are now the victims of the Streisand Effect. They have tried to censor this movie, but that is only going to make this worse for them. If only they let this alone, the blowback might not have been so ugly. After all, you can bet that a TON of people are already working to mirror the video. The more they work to take them down, the more people who will put them up. This is the Internet, you morons! Do you really think that a video this popular can be released and that you can just destroy it?! If so, then you are the stupidest people to have ever existed, and you deserve the PR meltdown that will happen to you because of it.
For my take, I have this to say – Saban, your movie is going to suck. In fourteen minutes, that fan film had more heart and character than your hour and a half film will. What’s more, the Internet is not a forgiving place. You have gotten its ire. Sales will suffer because of this. Since the bulk of what’s left of the original series fan base is people who are on the Internet, the bulk of whom loved the fan film, you are going to suffer for this in a financial way. And you have no one to blame but yourselves. You are stupid. You got butthurt, and now you are going to see the Internet’s wrath.
You fucking deserve it, you copyright Nazi pricks. Good luck with the new movie.
An apt quote, to close out on,
“Good luck! You’re gonna need it.” – Han Solo, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi