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This little animated series came about a year after the third movie, either an attempt to keep Back to the Future in the public eye or just to cash in on the films. Either way, this was a fun series. Some of the stories were very fresh and clever. One story that comes to mind is Doc, Jules and Verne traveling back and accidently preventing the extinction of the dinosaurs. Those live action bumpers of Christopher Lloyd are clever and funny. The series vanished after it's production ended and has sometimes appeared on a cable station. Watch it if you can.
While this animated series if BACK TO THE FUTURE is not as good as the BACK TO THE FUTURE movies, it is still entertaining! It's pretty good for an animated show from 1991, but the animated shows today are better. This is one of the few animated shows from the early 1990's that doesn't make me groan.
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Following on from Back to the Future Part III, this animated series continues the adventures of Marty McFly, Doc Brown and his family, and other residents of Hill Valley. It's now 1991 and the Browns - Doc, wife Clara, sons Jules and Verne and dog Einstein - have moved back to the 20th Century. Marty is still dating Jennifer Parker and the two are now in college, but their time travel adventures haven't stopped! Using the new DeLorean and the time train, both of which now can travel through space as well as time, our time travellers explore the past and future, whilst trying not to get into trouble with the various Tannens throughout history! I haven't seen every episode of this series (I've seen 14 out of the 26 episodes made), but from what I have seen so far the series is quite good. For a movie spin-off series, it stays familiar to the original films (unlike some other series from this time) and the characters we know and love from the films transfer well to the series. The animation is mostly of a good standard, and although there are some animation mistakes (as in every series!) it looks visually good, with some good backgrounds. The characters look like their film counterparts, except for Jennifer who for some reason has gone blonde, and Biff who does not look like the 54 year old man he should be by 1991 (here, he looks more like his 18 year old self from 1955). Most of the time the characters act like they did in the films, although some BTTF fans might be slightly annoyed that the main focus of the series is on Jules and Verne rather than Marty and Doc (some episodes do not feature Marty at all). Marty sometimes acts a bit stupider than he was in the films - luckily, moments like this are rare.
Tom Wilson and Mary Steenburgen reprise their roles as Biff Tannen and Clara Brown respectively from the films, and Christopher Lloyd plays Doc in live action sequences beginning and ending each episode, although he does not voice the animated Doc for some reason. Dan Castellaneta, who voices Doc, does a very good imitation though. David Kaufman takes over from Michael J Fox as the voice of Marty, and although his voice isn't *exact*, it is still close enough, although there were times when I thought he didn't sound like Fox that much. The voices of Jules and Verne (neither of whom spoke in their one scene in Part III) are spot-on, with extra praise for Troy Davidson who voices Verne.
Now, onto the episodes. These do vary in quality. Some are very good. Others are not so good. The best episodes in my opinion are those where the time travellers go to some time and end up changing history, and have to change it back (my favourite episode, "Go Fly A Kite", deals with this - in this episode Verne accidentally interferes with Benjamin Franklin's famous "Kite" experiment.). A few episodes did not involve time travel, and in my opinion these were the weakest. However, every episode that I have seen so far has had a few moments that made me laugh or smile, or a line that was funny.
Overall, not a bad series, that although not as good as the films, and despite many continuity flaws (for instance, in the films Doc was 65 in 1985, but according to the series he was 4 in 1926...), still manages to entertain and occasionally educate as well. There were some very good episodes in the series, and a few not-so-good ones, but every episode is worth watching at least once. Luckily, most of them can be watched again and again and can still entertain. 7.5/10.
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The hit movies Back to the Future I-III is now a TV series! Marty McFly and Doc Emmet Brown are cartoon characters and have many more time traveling adventures. Doc's wife Clara Clayton is here and so are their children Jules and Verne and Doc's dog Einstein. Marty, Doc and the gang have all sorts of adventures, like the time Doc takes his family back to ancient England and they become enslaved by one of Biff Tannen's peabrained ancestors while Doc must face him in a jousting match. Yeah, Tannen as well as McFly descendants are plentiful. Doc and Marty find them wherever they go! Or how about the one where Marty goes to Salem, Massachusettes in the 1600's to rescue Doc and Goodman Tannen thinks he's a witch. Or how about the time Jules and Verne go way back to the age of dinosaurs and bring back an egg which hatches and causes havoc on the town? Even once Marty disrupted the meeting of Clara's parents. Sound familiar? They've even gone to the future in one episode. It was to 2091. Doc must have repaired the DeLorean time machine because as we know it was destroyed in Back to the Future III. But he's also got his steam engine time machine!
The original Doc Brown, Christopher Lloyd, appears in live-action bumpers to either introduce the episode or teach us a new science experiment we can try at home. His assistant is Bill Nye who would later get his own show. But for some reason Lloyd doesn't do Doc's voice. Dan Castellaneta does, but he's still pretty good. David Kaufman is Marty, Thomas F. Wilson is Biff, and Mary Steenbergen is Clara. Back to the Future ended it's run of 26 episodes in 1992 and pretty much disappeared. But now, 2003, it has returned to TV! It's on the Fox Box! I recommend you tune in! Also, as long as you're watching Fox Box, watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Another rockin' show! Beats that Jap crap any day!
this is a great cartoon, I really enjoyed it, I am a big fan of Back To The Future it's my top favorite movie of all time, so I am inclined to like this, but it's very enjoyable and good for the kids, I like the parts with Dr Brown I think they're interesting and funny,Sad that this show is unavailable on DVD along with some other shows I loved like The Wonder Years,and China Beach.I just keep waiting for them to get caught up to these shows and release them. I am happy to find all 26 episode on you tube some of the quality is not that great but hopefully it is released on DVD. 1. Back to The Future 2. Return of The Living Dead 3. The Crow 4. Robocop 5. Batman 1989 my top 5 movies of all time.
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In the animated series of Back To The Future, the brown family has
moved back to present day Hill Valley and have settled in quite well.
Along with Marty, the family often go in trips in time through the use
of the delorean and steam train.
This is definitely one of the better cartoon adaptations of a film series as it often uses time travel to teach different morals to kids but it can also teach them small bits about history such as the fact that the Pilgrims would sentence people they accused of being witches without hearing their side of the argument.
Despite being a decent adaptation, it suffers through its characterisation of Marty. He is not the same as he was in the films and is reduced to the idiot friend of the main character. Although Marty had his silly moments in the films, the cartoon goes overboard with this which makes him too dumb to live.
Another problem with Marty is his hypocrisy. In an early season 1 episode, he gets mad at Jennifer when he jumps to the conclusion that she is going on a date with another guy, but he flirts with multiple women from the different time periods.
One thing that may disappoint some viewers is the lack of episodes that just focus on Marty and Doc Brown who were the focus of all three films and the majority of the episodes focus on the Brown children, Jules and Verne despite the fact that they don't appear in the trilogy until near the end of the third film.
Overall, an okay adaption of a film series with good lessons and history facts but suffers from dumbing down Marty's character and focusing on minor characters that did not appear until the end of the trilogy.
As some people know "Back to the Future" the Animated series is airing
currently on the Fox Box or the Fox channel for those who are not familier
with it. It is a great follow up to the movies which I love. You can catch
it at 8:30 am on the Fox channel.
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