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Why is there a two hour time limit on a morph? Is there anything in canon that explains why?

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    You shouldn't ask for "theories". This is a Q&A site, for questions that have a single correct answer. Not conjecture, opinions etc. Other than that, it's a good question though... – Mr Lister Aug 12 '15 at 11:54
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    Please don't ask open-ended questions of this nature. If you want to know if there was any official explanation given within the show itself, that question would be fine, but as-is, it's "too broad" and probably going to be closed. – KutuluMike Aug 12 '15 at 11:58
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    More bizarre to me (and a general pet peeve in fictional media), why does it work on an even number of Earth time units? – FuzzyBoots Aug 12 '15 at 13:58
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    As I recall, you can morph for more than two hours. You just can't go back after that time. Kinda like a pawn shop. – DaaaahWhoosh Aug 12 '15 at 15:00
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    @SeanDuggan, it doesn't, of course. "I am actually speaking Rigellian. By an astonishing coincidence both of our languages are exactly the same." – Mac Cooper Aug 12 '15 at 15:02
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It is explained, although not in great detail.

Morphing is performed using an "Escafil device" or "Andalite morphing cube". This is a device made by a people known as the "Andalites".

We're never told how and why this works, or why there is such a limitation: it is simply a limitation of the technology. I believe there is a reference at one stage to Andelite scientists attempting to improve the technology.

It appears, therefore, to be something akin to a battery life or capacitor capacity.

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    I'm not sure why this is as upvoted as it is. The actual cube is not required once you have touched it to gain the ability. This isn't a thing where the heroes have to 'recharge' their morphing tech each time they change. – Jeff Sep 22 '17 at 3:30
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The original body is stored in Zero-Space. During book 18 there was a glitch and the party members were stuck in zero-space and rescued by a passing Andalite ship. This would strongly imply that the limit was because of the body in hyperspace only lasting for 2 hours.

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    I believe they called it Z-Space, or Zero-Space. And the way they explained it was that the extra mass you lose when morphing into something small is stored there. – PointlessSpike Aug 12 '15 at 13:55
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Possibly the DNA will permanently transform into the animal you morphed. I'm not sure; I'm just an Animorphs nerd with a theory.

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