BACK TO THE FUTURE DAY | October 21
On October 21 we are traveling back in time to catch a ride on the DeLorean to celebrate Back to the Future Day.
In 1989, millions of fans of the movie trilogy Back to the Future watched the first signs of time travel through the windshield of the infamous DeLorean in Back to the Future 2. For nearly 26 years, fans of the movie franchise would wait for the exact date of October 21, 2015 to celebrate the only time Doc (Christopher Lloyd), Marty (Michael J. Fox), and Jennifer (Elisabeth Shue) would travel into the future. Today, we share the enthusiasm of pop culture by celebrating National Back to the Future Day, even though it’s technically not the future anymore.
What is significant about Back to the Future 2? The second movie in the Back to the Future trilogy was released in November 1989, grossing over $331 million. The storyline of the second film shows Doc, Marty, and Jennifer traveling into 2015 to hopefully change a few details of what there future life of Marty will be. However, Marty and Doc quickly learn life was not the way they remembered from 1989. They decide to go back to 1955 to find out what happened in history to change the way 2015 was for Marty and his family.
October 15 (1989) vs. October 15 (2015)
When Back to the Future 2 hit the big screen in 1989, producers had to “predict” what life would be like in 2015 and portray that in the movie. In 2015, fans and critics would compare details between October 2015 in the movie and October 15, present time.
- Flying cars
- Big-Screen TV
- Virtual reality googles
- Jaws 19
- Cubs would win the World Series
Predictions were fairly close in comparison of Back to the Future 2 and the real year 2015. Hoverboards were invented in 2014, but not for sale until the following year. Flying cars existed in their infancy, being driven only by those who were inventing them. Flat screen televisions and virtual reality goggles were found everywhere. Sadly, Jaws did not reach film 19, but instead only made it to four movies–Jaws: The Revenge. Interestingly, October 2015 movie time wasn’t so far off October 2015 real time.
TRAVEL BACK TO THE FUTURE
- Watch the entire Back to the Future trilogy.
- Visit the Petersen Automotive Museum and see the DeLorean up close.
- Read about the history of making the Back to the Future series.
- Explore the official Back to the Future website.
- Check out Back to the Future events near you.
- Share you celebrations, events, and photos using #BackToTheFutureDay on social media.
Fans of the Back to the Future trilogy receive credit for Back to the Future Day. In fact, this day probably wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for those who share their love for this iconic movie. Like Doc says in the movie “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.“