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With Christopher Lloyd
With Christopher Lloyd

After meeting Doc Brown himself, little bears are busy watching Back to the Future again 🙂 The 30th anniversary Blu-ray edition.

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Great big flat screens with multiple channels are in the future, so we can watch 10 channels at once (yay!), as are voice-controlled home appliances. The future also brings Biff Tannen as President! Back to the Future writer Bob Gale has apparently revealed that the trilogy’s villain Biff Tannen is actually based on Donald Trump. And the US people are so determined to keep Clinton out of the White House that they are willing to pay any cost for it. That includes having a butthead for President. Lucky little bears have had their big adventure before the place turns into Biff Tannen’s Pleasure Paradise. They will visit again when Lisa Simpson is President.

Robert Zemeckis, who directed, and Bob Gale, who co-wrote all three movies, never set out to make informed guesses about the future. Zemeckis thought prediction was a mug’s game, so he just tried to make it funny. Fans might take these things seriously, but the filmmakers didn’t. There’s a lot of speculation on the internet around the speed the DeLorean had to reach to break out of real time: 88mph (141.6kph). Boys who are now scientists have advanced a series of complicated theories. According to Bob Gale, it was just a nice memorable number.

And nobody predicted that little bears will go where no bear has gone before!

The ‘self-lacing’ Nikes were mostly special effects. It goes without saying that the shoes didn’t actually lace themselves or light up on their own. In 1989, lighting wasn’t as miniaturized as it is today. The lights in the original shoes required a battery pack strapped to Fox’s back and wiring running down his legs to power the shoes. As for the power laces, that required two different shots. In one shot, McFly put his feet into the Nikes and set them down. Then a second shot actually had the Nikes mounted onto a slab of fake cement with holes underneath to feed cables through. The cables were pulled by guys off-screen to tighten the laces, which were not actually laces at all. They were actually straps that tighten around McFly’s feet. McFly never called them “self-tying laces”, he just called them “power laces”.

'Self-lacing' Nikes
‘Self-lacing’ Nikes

The self-lacing Nikes were not ready for the Back to the Future 30th anniversary last year, but earlier this month, a limited-edition release of the 2016 Nike Mag offered the self-lacing sneakers through an online lottery in collaboration with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. 100 percent of all the proceeds will go toward research for a Parkinson’s cure, according to a statement released by Nike. 89 pairs of the 2016 Nike Mag limited edition have been released (Back to the Future II where the shoes appeared was released in 1989).

Nike
Limited edition 2016 Nike Mag

If you can’t get your hands on the limited edition version, Nike is also putting self-lacing technology in its new HyperAdapt sneakers, which will be released on November 28. They have similar features to the Nike Mag and will be slightly more widely available, but it’s unlikely they will come cheap. Or, more importantly, in bear size!

The only thing that’s missing now is the hoverboard. A hoverboard that hovers, not just a table top 🙂

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