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By ELISE T. CHISOLM | June 28, 1994
It was a beautiful Sunday morning. I was planning to go to church, but I got a call about 7:15."Mom, are you busy? I just don't know how to ask you this, so I will just come right out." I figured she was going to ask me to keep their 5-year-old for a month while they went snorkeling in the Greek Isles, or she was going to ask me if she could borrow my car, or my house for a conference.Nope, none of the above. After all, she knows I would go to the moon for that precious grandchild of mine.
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By Judith Gaines and Judith Gaines,Boston Globe | August 3, 1995
It's a momless summer, if you believe the current crop of children's films.In four of this summer's hits for kids -- "Pocahontas," "A Little Princess," "Casper" and "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" -- the mothers are either missing or dead, with no mention of what they were like or what became of them.But the truth is that mothers, far from being absent, are the anchors of most families. What's going on here?Child psychologists say the motherless theme taps a child's deepest fears about death and loss.
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By Peter M. Nichols and Peter M. Nichols,New York Times News Service | December 19, 1994
If you're still poking around for scarce Mighty Morphin Power Rangers items and you own a computer with a CD-ROM drive, you might want to consider the "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" disk.Then again, PC Data, a research organization in Virginia, ranks the title as the best-selling children's entertainment CD-ROM of the year, so you might find some stores out of this item, too.The disk, which is for Macintosh, Power PC and Windows, is distributed by Paramount Home Video. About 15 percent of its sales have been in video stores, relatively few of which carry CD-ROMs, but in some ways the Power Rangers CD-ROM has ties to the videocassette.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | June 9, 1995
BATMAN FOREVEROriginal Music from the Motion Picture (Atlantic 82759)Soundtracks these days are generally assembled with as much care as the films themselves. As the actors, the musicians are recruited with an eye on marquee value, and it's clear that everyone involved is hoping for a hit -- at least one in the Top 40. Problem is, that track-by-track approach often results in a set of songs that rarely fit together well enough to make a convincing album. At first glance, "Batman Forever" looks like it will have that problem in spades, what with an artist list that includes such disparate talents as Mazzy Star, Method Man, the Offspring and Seal.
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By Beth Hannan and Beth Hannan,Contributing Writer | December 29, 1993
Even though adults groan at it, TV critics pan it, Fox television executives once dreaded it and parents are still frantically searching for the toys based on it, "The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" is the hit of kiddie TV.The "Power Rangers," which airs on Fox Children's Network every day except Sunday in Baltimore, is a camp, live-action adventure show targeted to children between the ages of 6 and 11. And it's hitting its mark: The Power Rangers have...
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By Lisa Wiseman and Lisa Wiseman,Contributing Writer | May 5, 1995
Rock music producer Rikki Farr has worked with some of the biggest names in the business -- the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, the Who, Tom Petty, Rod Stewart, Nine Inch Nails. Now he's working with the biggest of them all -- the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.Just how big are the Rangers? Those karate-chopping, candy-colored, monster-fighting, high-kicking, morphing super-people have the nation's No. 1 children's TV show. Last year more than $1 billion in licensed Power Rangers merchandise was sold (one heck of a lot of action figures, lunch boxes and bedsheets)
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By Tim Warren | October 28, 1994
MY KIDS don't watch "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" anymore. When it was on TV at 7:30 in the morning, they would tune in during breakfast maybe a couple times a week, when they weren't watching "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." Now the "Power Rangers" show comes on at 4:30 p.m., when they are in day care. So, except when they occasionally watch one of the five Power Rangers videos we own, the five karate-kicking teens are out of their lives. But Matty, who is 7, and Nicky, who is 4, had already lost interest in the show.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | October 20, 1994
Is it a reactionary move to self-censorship or an enlightened decision by Scandinavian broadcasters from which their American counterparts could learn? And, is there a message in it for American parents who worry about the effects television shows, like "The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" and "Mutant Ninja Turtles," might be having on their children?Those were key questions that educators, researchers, child care specialists and parents were asking yesterday in reaction to news that "The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" -- the highest-rated kids' TV show in America -- had been pulled from the airwaves in Norway.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | June 9, 1995
BATMAN FOREVEROriginal Music from the Motion Picture (Atlantic 82759)Soundtracks these days are generally assembled with as much care as the films themselves. As the actors, the musicians are recruited with an eye on marquee value, and it's clear that everyone involved is hoping for a hit -- at least one in the Top 40. Problem is, that track-by-track approach often results in a set of songs that rarely fit together well enough to make a convincing album. At first glance, "Batman Forever" looks like it will have that problem in spades, what with an artist list that includes such disparate talents as Mazzy Star, Method Man, the Offspring and Seal.
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By TRB | February 3, 1995
Washington. -- Newt Gingrich, in his campaign to kill the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, invokes the standard argument against public television: narrowcasting.Cable TV, by producing nutritious yet commercially viable fare, has rendered subsidized television obsolete. The Discovery Channel brings us science, Arts and Entertainment brings us culture -- so why can't PBS, too, survive in the marketplace? ''Arts and Entertainment is not up here lobbying'' for government handouts, Mr. Gingrich notes.
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By Lisa Wiseman and Lisa Wiseman,Contributing Writer | May 5, 1995
Rock music producer Rikki Farr has worked with some of the biggest names in the business -- the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, the Who, Tom Petty, Rod Stewart, Nine Inch Nails. Now he's working with the biggest of them all -- the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.Just how big are the Rangers? Those karate-chopping, candy-colored, monster-fighting, high-kicking, morphing super-people have the nation's No. 1 children's TV show. Last year more than $1 billion in licensed Power Rangers merchandise was sold (one heck of a lot of action figures, lunch boxes and bedsheets)
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By TRB | February 3, 1995
Washington. -- Newt Gingrich, in his campaign to kill the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, invokes the standard argument against public television: narrowcasting.Cable TV, by producing nutritious yet commercially viable fare, has rendered subsidized television obsolete. The Discovery Channel brings us science, Arts and Entertainment brings us culture -- so why can't PBS, too, survive in the marketplace? ''Arts and Entertainment is not up here lobbying'' for government handouts, Mr. Gingrich notes.
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By Peter M. Nichols and Peter M. Nichols,New York Times News Service | December 19, 1994
If you're still poking around for scarce Mighty Morphin Power Rangers items and you own a computer with a CD-ROM drive, you might want to consider the "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" disk.Then again, PC Data, a research organization in Virginia, ranks the title as the best-selling children's entertainment CD-ROM of the year, so you might find some stores out of this item, too.The disk, which is for Macintosh, Power PC and Windows, is distributed by Paramount Home Video. About 15 percent of its sales have been in video stores, relatively few of which carry CD-ROMs, but in some ways the Power Rangers CD-ROM has ties to the videocassette.
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By Tim Warren | October 28, 1994
MY KIDS don't watch "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" anymore. When it was on TV at 7:30 in the morning, they would tune in during breakfast maybe a couple times a week, when they weren't watching "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." Now the "Power Rangers" show comes on at 4:30 p.m., when they are in day care. So, except when they occasionally watch one of the five Power Rangers videos we own, the five karate-kicking teens are out of their lives. But Matty, who is 7, and Nicky, who is 4, had already lost interest in the show.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | October 20, 1994
Is it a reactionary move to self-censorship or an enlightened decision by Scandinavian broadcasters from which their American counterparts could learn? And, is there a message in it for American parents who worry about the effects television shows, like "The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" and "Mutant Ninja Turtles," might be having on their children?Those were key questions that educators, researchers, child care specialists and parents were asking yesterday in reaction to news that "The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" -- the highest-rated kids' TV show in America -- had been pulled from the airwaves in Norway.
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By ELISE T. CHISOLM | June 28, 1994
It was a beautiful Sunday morning. I was planning to go to church, but I got a call about 7:15."Mom, are you busy? I just don't know how to ask you this, so I will just come right out." I figured she was going to ask me to keep their 5-year-old for a month while they went snorkeling in the Greek Isles, or she was going to ask me if she could borrow my car, or my house for a conference.Nope, none of the above. After all, she knows I would go to the moon for that precious grandchild of mine.
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By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,Sun Staff Writer | June 23, 1994
As the pre-eminent cultural icon of the Oshkosh and Big Wheels crowd, Barney the dinosaur is dead meat.Barney, he may as well go stick his fat purple head in a bucket of goo because "The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" is still the hottest kids' show on TV -- at least until the next hottest thing comes along, which might be in about five minutes.But, ratings-wise, the Power Rangers still rule, dude. Which means they still rule in the toy stores, too. Which means you miscalculated big-time if you're a parent and you figured this Mighty Morphin nonsense would soon run its course and your kids would stop trying to kick everyone they see in the thorax, including poor old Aunt Esther, the one with the blue hair.
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By Judith Gaines and Judith Gaines,Boston Globe | August 3, 1995
It's a momless summer, if you believe the current crop of children's films.In four of this summer's hits for kids -- "Pocahontas," "A Little Princess," "Casper" and "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" -- the mothers are either missing or dead, with no mention of what they were like or what became of them.But the truth is that mothers, far from being absent, are the anchors of most families. What's going on here?Child psychologists say the motherless theme taps a child's deepest fears about death and loss.
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By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,Sun Staff Writer | June 23, 1994
As the pre-eminent cultural icon of the Oshkosh and Big Wheels crowd, Barney the dinosaur is dead meat.Barney, he may as well go stick his fat purple head in a bucket of goo because "The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" is still the hottest kids' show on TV -- at least until the next hottest thing comes along, which might be in about five minutes.But, ratings-wise, the Power Rangers still rule, dude. Which means they still rule in the toy stores, too. Which means you miscalculated big-time if you're a parent and you figured this Mighty Morphin nonsense would soon run its course and your kids would stop trying to kick everyone they see in the thorax, including poor old Aunt Esther, the one with the blue hair.
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By Beth Hannan and Beth Hannan,Contributing Writer | December 29, 1993
Even though adults groan at it, TV critics pan it, Fox television executives once dreaded it and parents are still frantically searching for the toys based on it, "The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" is the hit of kiddie TV.The "Power Rangers," which airs on Fox Children's Network every day except Sunday in Baltimore, is a camp, live-action adventure show targeted to children between the ages of 6 and 11. And it's hitting its mark: The Power Rangers have...
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