Back to the Future Day has finally arrived, and what better way to celebrate the momentous day than to watch Doc Brown himself share his words of wisdom about the future?
Dr. Emmett Brown, the iconic scientist character played by Christopher Lloyd in the Back to the Future movie franchise, recorded a video message while sitting inside the DeLorean. The clip was shared via the Back to the Future Trilogy official Facebook page.
As any true die-hard fan of the movie franchise would know, October 21, 2015 — that is today at the time of this writing– is the exact date where Doc Brown and Marty McFly time-traveled to in Back to the Future Part II.
It’s fair to say that most Back to the Future fans have been waiting for this day for 30 years.
Dressed in his trademark white lab coat and with the usual intense look in his eyes, Doc Brown is looking as vital as ever as he addressed all his fans with the following words.
“If my calculations are correct it is now precisely October 21st 2015. The future has finally arrived. Yes, it is different than we all thought.
“But don’t worry, it just means your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one.”
Now those are wise words worthy of an eccentric genius.
Social media has been erupting with a torrent of Back to the Future tweets and Facebook posts celebrating the film’s anniversary.
As can be expected, fans and wannabe-futurists made some comparisons between 2015 as it was speculated in the film and 2015 as it stands today in the real world. Identifying the similarities and differences between the two has become quite a hobby for most.
As NPR noted, there were electric flying cars humming silently around the streets in the Back to the Future film. We have those already, though commercial distribution leaves a lot to be desired. A hologram for Jaws 19 startled Marty McFly when he stumbled into a theater marquee. While the Jaws movie franchise never went past the fourth movie in our world, you can find many holograms like the one shown in the movie on the Atlantic Boardwalk. In the Back to the Future universe, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series in 2015. In the real world, the Cubs have never won the World Series in any lifetime. Also, drones are a regular staple in people’s lives (such as helping you walk a dog) in Back to the Future’s 2015. We have those too, but in our reality, drones aren’t an essential part of our daily lives yet.
There are many things in the Back to the Future film we can only wish are existing in the real world. Flying cars still don’t exist. The “hover boards” we have don’t really hover and were only made to bank on the popularity of the Back to the Future franchise.
Where's my goddamn hoverboard? pic.twitter.com/yv1SVwnL8I
— Mr. Moon (@MrMoon1000) October 21, 2015
Our shoes don’t tie by themselves, either, though Nike has teased on Twitter that self-tying shoes are about to become a reality when it releases the Nike Mag tomorrow (sleek marketing job, Nike!).
.@realmikefox see you tomorrow.
— Nike (@Nike) October 21, 2015
Rick Carter, Back to the Future’s production designer, has an optimistic view of the future. To him, predicting the future is overrated and that the only way to create an ideal one is to make the present better.
“That’s how we saw the holograms coming out of the movie theaters, or the litter bug that’s running around that’s positive, sweeping things up. It was about projecting from a very exuberant sense we had at the time being young until now.”
In a roundabout way, Carter’s words conveyed the same message that Doc Brown just gave his fans when he arrived in the DeLorean today.
[Image via Back to the Future Trilogy official Facebook page]