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- "Hey! Frisbee! Far out!"
- —Marty spots a Frisbie pie tin
- Seamus: "What was the meaning of that?"
- Maggie: "It was right in front of him!"
- Seamus: "Aye."
- — Discussion immediately after Marty says "Far out!"
- " Marty glanced back at the piece of pie in his hand, and saw something he could barely believe stamped in the pie dish that had come along with it — the words FRISBIE PIE COMPANY. / He showed the tin to both Seamus and Maggie. 'Hey, check this — "Frisbie"! That's far out!' He grinned. He'd never thought about it, but he guessed Frisbees had to come from someplace. / Seamus and Maggie, though, seemed to be a little confused by Marty's demonstration. / Maggie shrugged at her husband. 'It's right there in front of him.' / Old West, Marty told himself. You have to remember you're in the Old West. / He consoled himself with a bite of pie. "
- —From Back to the Future Part III by Craig Shaw Gardner (quote, page 121)
Frisbees were plastic flying discs invented in the 20th century as recreational items to throw at a target or for someone else to catch. Their name comes from the Frisbie Pie Company of Bridgeport, Conn. which made pies from 1871 to 1958; the name of the company was embossed on the inside of pie pans.
On September 5, 1885, Marty McFly threw an empty Frisbee pie tin at Buford Tannen, causing him to miss his shot at Emmett Brown — and possibly giving history regarding the invention of the flying disc a push in the right direction at the same time.
Behind the scenes
- The Frisbie Pie Company did not distribute outside New England. Baked goods in the 1800s were distributed within relatively confined areas, due to their perishable nature. However, it is conceivable that a Frisbie tin might have ended up in Hill Valley, California, in a bundle of household goods, and been used for baking homemade pies. Although the Frisbee disc and the Frisbie pie tin have different spellings, the brand names were pronounced the same. Marty, who may have heard the story about how the Frisbee got its name, quickly recognized that the round pie tin could be turned upside down and hurled.
- Back to the Future Part II (Blast from the Past display window)
- Back to the Future Part III (Pie pan version)
- Back to the Future Part III (video game)
- Back to the Future: The Card Game
- Back to the Future: The Game
- Back to the Future: The Game - Episode 5: OUTATIME (Pie pan version)