First a quick warning: there’s nothing crude or naked in the below video, but there is some hilarious, over-the-top violence. Don’t click play if you have a sensitive boss standing behind you. Also, shouldn’t you be working?
“Save The Clock Tower! Save The Clock Tower!”
It has been precisely 28 years since the beginning of Back to the Future on October 25, 1985. Soon it will be 2015 and we’ll get to experience the future that was depicted in Back to the Future Part II, and eventually we’ll be able to time travel back to the old west, like in Back to the Future Part III. For now, however, a few fans of the franchise wanted to celebrate the anniversary, and took to Twitter to do so.
The Hill Valley Project created a new Twitter account for each and every character in Back To The Future in order to re-create the entire movie in real time on the Internet. If you head over there you’ll find a tweet of every line in the movie. Since the stream is taking place in real time, (at the moment of writing this post) the fans are at the part of the movie after the McFly family first have dinner and Marty is sleeping before he has to meet Doc Brown at Twin Pines Mall.
Once again, the internet has reached deep into its depths and gifted to me something I didn’t know I always needed. We’ve seen no end of clever creativity devoted to the shows and movies and books we love, but this is one that puts a big silly grin on my face because it’s an idea that seems obvious in retrospect, and it’s executed really well. A big GFR tip o’ the hat goes to graphic artist Mr. Whaite, who has created animated gifs that pay homage to many beloved pop culture classics in the form of “neon signs.”
Honestly, I’m slapping myself for not coming up with this idea myself. I’m probably being a little hard on myself though, since I haven’t the foggiest how to go about creating an animated gif. I’d probably end up accidentally decapitating myself if I even tried.
A very wise man who happened to be dressed like a bat once posited that “It’s the car, right? Chicks love the car.” Indeed, saving the world wouldn’t be nearly as much fun if you didn’t get to do it while tooling around town in your very own unique set of wheels. You know it. I know it. Even Batman knows it, and he was being played by Val Kilmer at the time. And while Batman’s assorted -mobiles have gone through countless variations on a theme, he hasn’t got the market cornered on awesome vehicles. In fact, if you offered me a choice between my very own Batmobile or a fully tricked-out replica of the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters…I think we both know who I’m gonna call…
I totally understand people who are obsessed with Back to the Future. I saw the movie when I was seven, and in my little-kid brain I had Michael J. Fox confused with Michael Jackson and was shocked when the protagonist turned out to be a cute white kid (who knew this confusion would be prophetic?). In retrospect, my love of all things sci-fi, especially when time travel’s involved, can be traced back this movie’s introduction into my life. Later, in graduate school, I studied the script — in my screenwriting class it was regarded as a textbook example of three-act structure, and we marveled at the organic yet perfectly paced progression of events and character development. As an adult, I love the film on levels unimaginable to my seven-year-old self. But I’m unremarkable compared to the legions of Back to the Future fanatics out there — particularly those who have bought DeLoreans and turned them into time machines.
Besides the juggernauts of Star Wars and Star Trek, it’s hard to think of a science fiction property that has amassed more fan-created content than Robert Zemeckis’ Back to the Future. It’s possible the film has inspired thousands more substandard mash-ups and parodies than we know about, but the embarrassed creators went back in time to stop them from being created. Well, the guys from CineFix — specifically Dustin McLean — have put together a rather outstanding musical scene titled “Great Scott.” It’s inspired by one of the film’s more pivotal moments: when Marty gives Doc Brown the letter revealing that he would be shot by terrorists. Save a friend and potentially disrupt space-time forever, or do nothing and maybe save a tree by not using paper to write a letter? I think we know which way Marty went.