Bandai Calling Kid Movie Makers

Young Power Rangers devotees have been offered a chance to make their own short movies to compete a $5,000 scholarship. The “What Happens Next?” contest sponsored by toymaker Bandai America asks kids to provide an ending to a short, stop-motion action film made using Power Rangers Mystic Force action figures and accessories. Entries are being accepted through June.

Kids can go to www.GetPowerized.com to view the action sequence, portrays a classic confrontation between good versus evil and features the Spring lineup of Power Rangers Mystic Force action figures and vehicles in battle against the relentlessly attacking Evil Space Aliens. Viewers are then encouraged to finish the story using animation and other video/computer tricks, and their films will be posted online so other fans can vote for their favorites at the end of each month. Three finalists will then go on to qualify for the cash scholarship prize. Voters are also entered into a sweepstakes to win Power Rangers DVDs and other prizes.

“The GetPowerized.com movie is not only an imaginative way to showcase our product line, it closely resembles how our fans like to play out the adventures that they see on their favorite TV show,” says Matt Golding, director of marketing for Bandai America Inc. “This contest is a great way for them to capture all the fun and excitement that they have with their Power Rangers toys on camera for the chance to win a great cash prize. And since today’s kids are so much more tech savvy, we’re really looking forward to seeing all the entries and how imaginative they are.”

Power Rangers Mystic Force, the 14th season of this popular boys’ action franchise, debuted in February of 2006 and airs 25 times a week on ABC Kids and the Jetix action block on ABC Family and Toon Disney. The “What Happens Next?” contest is open to children under 8 years old and ends on June 30th. For further information and rules, go to www.GetPowerized.com.