Look: 'Back to the Future Part II' Concept Art of Unseen 2015 Tech
Since it's 2015, we're going to get tons of Back to the Future related items throughout the year. Not only is that the year in which Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel to the future in Back to the Future Part II, but it's also the 30th anniversary of the original Back to the Future. However, today we want to focus on the middle sequel, because Newsweek just did a feature story with "future consultant" Tim Flattery about some of the future technology that was imagined for the time traveling adventure follow-up. And with that story comes some concept art from Edward Eyth from items we never saw realized on the screen. Look!
And since not everyone is as obsessed with Back to the Future as some of us, Flattery actually forgot this this year is the one Marty and Doc would have traveled to in the future, "I totally forgot that it took place in 2015, and once I started seeing all the stuff on the Internet about it, I went, 'Oh yeah, of course!'" Flattery himself specializes in designing futuristic vehicles, but he's also the man responsible for painting the poster for Jaws 19, directed by Steven Spielberg's son. In addition to the above concept art, you can see other drawings of stuff that made it into the movie, like the pizza hydrator, the nostalgic Cafe 80s, and George McFly's orthopedic inversion device, over at Eyth's website right here.
As you can see, some of the unused designs weren't too far off, at least when it comes to personal technology. There's devices that aren't too dissimilary from iPods, iPads and the forthcoming Apple Watch, though the ideas themselves were clearly limited by the imagination of where technology would be by then, making some of the future tech a little dated. Meanwhile, some of the other designs, like that weird Robonanny and Housekeeping Robot are a little too crazy to have fit in the future we see in the movie.
Speaking of their designs, Eyth said, "We were highly motivated to make it so we didn't look like fools in 25 years. We knew that when we see movies like Metropolis, when they're speculating about the future, it can be so far off. We weren't that far off, I guess, on a number of occasions. With [screenwriter] Bob Gale and Bob Zemeckis, they wanted a future that made those things they dreamt of as kids attainable, like flying cars.” So rather than getting too crazy with the future designs, they wanted them to be mostly reasonable, even though the future fashion in Hill Valley is pretty ridiculous by comparison. Cool?