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Back to the Future: The Animated Series is an animated series based on the Back to the Future trilogy of feature films. The series lasted two seasons, each lasting 13 episodes, and ran on CBS from September 7, 1991 to November 28, 1992, the date of the last original episode. The show remained on the CBS morning schedule until the end of March 27, 1993, after which it was replaced by Cyber Cops. It repeated on ABC from September 1993 to May 1995. and later repeated on FOX's FoxBox block from March 2003 to September 2003. The show focused on Marty McFly and Doc Brown, together with Doc's wife Clara, their sons Jules and Verne, dog Einstein, and Marty's girlfriend Jennifer Parker as they travelled through time using the DeLorean and steam train time machines.

Doc and his family have settled down in 1991 Hill Valley after living in the 1890s, but their time travelling adventures are by no means over. The films' villain Biff Tannen also pops up from time to time. In addition, relatives of both the McFly and Tannen families are plentiful in most of the past or future parallel time zones that the time travellers visit.

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Marty McFly and the Brown family.

Mary Steenburgen (Clara) and Thomas F. Wilson (Biff) voiced their characters from the films, and Christopher Lloyd played Doc Brown in live action segments that opened and closed each episode. However, Dan Castellaneta voiced the animated Doc Brown, while David Kaufman voiced Marty McFly, Michael J. Fox's animated character. In addition, Bill Nye performed scientific experiments during live action segments on each episode. The series was executive produced by Bob Gale, co-writer of the Back to the Future trilogy.

Many fans do not consider the events of the series to be canon with the timeline presented in the original trilogy, with the only exceptions being the birthdates of the main characters and some characters' middle names.[citation needed]

Although this show is no longer being shown on television, nine VHS cassettes and three volumes of the show on laserdisc were released between 1993 and 1994, chronicling 18 of the 26 episodes. The show is available on DVD in France, but not yet in other countries.

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Episode guide

Below are the episode titles and first transmission dates for all 26 episodes.

Season 1

Season 2

Opening credits

  • In the opening credits for the first season, Doc is seen as starting from August 2, 1991 before traveling to May 19, 2015, to pick up Marty (the main character in three BTTF movies and the series) and then back to June 10, 1885 to pick up Clara. From there, the three go to prehistoric times to pick up Jules and Verne, and all five arrive at the Brown home.
  • The opening for the second season showed clips from the first season episodes Roman Holiday, Go Fly A Kite, Solar Sailors, Retired, A Family Vacation and Brothers. An exception is the 6th episode in season 2, which used the opening sequence from season 1. [citation needed]
  • Though Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen doesn't appear in the series, he appears in the opening theme for the first season.

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Differences from the trilogy

  • Although Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis have stated, in commentary, their view that a time machine would remain in the same physical location when going forward or backward in time (apparently correcting for the rotation and orbit of Earth), the animated series provided for the DeLorean to travel to a particular location and year, by voice command. Thus, in the first episode, "Brothers", the time circuits are set for February 11, 1864 and to move the time machine from Hill Valley, California, to Chattanooga, Tennessee.
  • Jennifer Parker's hair, brown in the films, becomes blonde in the series.

References in Back to the Future: The Game

Videos

Back to the Future Animated Series (1991) - Home Video Trailer(01:28)
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Notes

  • The original DeLorean Time Machine was destroyed in Back to the Future III. Episode 1 (Brothers) begins with Doc referring to the DeLorean appearing in this series as "the new DeLorean," indicating it as a completely new car rather than the original one repaired.
  • Also in the episode "Brothers", the audience learns the modern origin of the Tannen family's catchphrase insult is a predestination paradox, "Butt head." Biff Tannen's relative Beauregard Tannen, a Confederate officer in the Civil War, called his enemies "buttocks brains" but changed it to "butt head" after being corrected by Verne. That era's Tannen said, "Butt heads... I like the sound of it."
  • In a testament to the show's historical accuracy, the episode "Batter Up", aired November 9, 1991, which had Marty, Jules, and Verne travel to Boston to help baseball player "Pee Wee" McFly to improve his game in 1897, did accurately name the Boston team as the "Beaneaters", and even featured scenes involving then-real-life manager Frank Selee. However, in the first episode "Brothers", Doc claims that Babe Ruth was born on February 7, 1895 in Baltimore, Maryland whereas the famous ballplayer was actually born on the previous day (February 6, 1895).
  • In the episode "Solar Sailors", the Brown family visit 2091, in which they learn that the McFly family legacy has been immortalized in the McFly Space Cruises, in which Marty's great-granddaughter Marta McFly is a Captain. Additionally, aboard Marta McFly's ship there is a Marty McFly impersonator who performs Marty's music in a nostalgia act, hinting that Marty succeeded in becoming a famous rock star.
  • Both Marty and Doc's middle names were revealed in the series as Seamus and Lathrop respectively (Though Lathrop was revealed in the Back to the Future Part III novelization). Marty's middle name comes from his great-great-grandfather Seamus McFly.
  • Marty is the only member of his immediate family to appear in the series.
  • Clara is the only Brown member to undergo 2 character designs in season 1 and  2.


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