Back to the Future turns 25 years old this week. It was released on July 3, 1985. This week on the Cavalcade of Awesome we are celebrating this anniversary with several Back to the Future related articles. On Monday I discussed the Back to the Future Official Souvenir Magazine. Today we are looking at the Back to the Future Official Book of the Complete Trilogy.
The cover for the official book of the trilogy is above. It was published in 1990 to coincide with the release of Back to the Future Part III (which celebrated its 20th anniversary this past May). As far as I know, Part II and Part III did not receive an official souvenir magazine like the original Back to the Future. The closest we got would probably be the Back to the Future Fan Club newsletter which I discussed back in May. So, with the release of the final movie in the trilogy, Universal compiled this “souvenir book” and had it cover all three Back to the Future movies. The articles and pictures in this book are what you would normally find in a souvenir magazine, but here it’s on a nicer paper stock and bound in hardback.
The book is chock full of on-set pictures and details about the making of one of the greatest trilogies of all time. The book has a lot of the photos from the Back to the Future souvenir magazine but it also includes lots of pictures from the other movies. One of the cooler articles in the book is a two page spread on the Mattel Hoverboard (click the image to make it bigger and easier to read).
This page is a great resource for one of the trilogies most memorable, and controversial, props. The text describes how they filmed the famed hoverboard chase in downtown Hill Valley 2015. The chase was filmed in at least five different ways and no two consecutive takes were done the same way. Some takes were done with the actors suspended from wires with the board attached to their feet, other takes required the actor to stand on a board that was suspended from wires. Still other takes required a crane rig with a steering wheel to be piloted by a crew member while the actors were suspended from a harness. This last one was used to execute turns and spins while on the hoverboard. It’s amazing the amount of work that went into this one sequence. The page even makes a mention of the infamous Zemekis interview in which he stated that hoverboards were real and the only reason we didn’t have them was because parent groups were blocking their distribution. This, of course, resulted in kids all over the world to lose their damn minds over the idea that parents were actually keeping something as awesome as a hoverboard from becoming a reality. For years afterwards kids wondered, “Why? Why, if my parents loved me, would they not want me to be happy. Because clearly, I won’t be happy until I have a f’n HOVERBOARD!!!” Zemekis eventually had to crush all the kids’ hopes and dreams of a happy life by telling them that he was, in fact, lying and hoverboards are not real. And neither is the Easter Bunny. Or Santa. Now get a job.