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When I saw this film recently in the cinema, I couldn’t wait to get it on DVD so I could pause each moment to try and find all the hidden details. So to carry on in the Aardman series, I have found some of the best Easter eggs hidden in the recent Shaun the Sheep Movie.

Without further ado, lets start with a quality cameo! If you don’t know this bus conductor is none other than Blakey, from UK show On the Buses.

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” I hate you Butler “
Stephen Lewis as "Blakey"
Stephen Lewis as “Blakey”

This next one shows the amount of detail that goes into these films. In any old cobbler shop in the UK an animatronic man mending shoes can be seen in the window. The man is advertising Phillips shoe products. They are often seen in Timpson’s windows.

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My Arm Aches
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My Arm Really Aches

Its great to see a cameo from Shaun’s creator,  Nick Park!

Nick Park Shaun the Sheep Movie
Sneaky, Aardman, Sneaky.

Near the end, when the pigs are watching TV, you should be able to hear the Morph theme tune coming from the set.

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A Pig’s Favourite Programme

If you look carefully at the graffiti, you should see the names of people involved in the production of the film.

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Credits before the Credits.

Time for another cameo. This time it is from the Wallace and Gromit universe. Miss. Thripp, one of the West Wallaby Street residents, can be seen in a few scenes in the film.

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It seems she needs a scooter now.
Thrip
Voiced by Geraldine McEwan

A few of pop culture items making an appearance.

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Marty McFly’s Hoverboard

This may sound a bit far-fetched, but bare with me.  Rhett and Link created a character named Dope Zebra. This zebra was two men inside a zebra suit dancing to some funky music. During the film we see a pantomime horse doing a moonwalk to funky music. A coincidence? Probably.

Dope Zebra Shaun the Sheep Movie
Dope Spotted Horse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fljKx9nvrL4

A couple of Breaking Bad references.

Breaking Bad Shaun the Sheep Movie

Breaking Bad Shaun the Sheep Movie

Ending with a Blue Peter badge.Blue Peter Shaun the Sheep

After seeing the posters for the new Nick Park film, Early Man, I couldn’t help but see the resemblance.

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Slip the Dog
Early Man
Nick Park’s Early Man

Another lot of credits. These names are all the set designers!

Credits Shaun the Sheep Movie

This is perhaps the biggest cameofest in an Aardman film to date. On this board we can see:Containment Board Shaun the Sheep Movie

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The Creature Comforts Posh Cat
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Creature Comforts Dog
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Creature Comforts Guide Dog
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Feathers McGraw
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Creature Comforts Pugs
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and Vince from Rex the Runt

Only one more Aardman film to look through before I create some accompanying videos.

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Thank you for joining us for Back to the Future week, I have personally really enjoyed the week of festivities, and I hope you did too. This will be the last post of the week. Today, I will suggest some time travel films that I  enjoy as a massive fan of BTTF.

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

This film follows two teenagers, Bill and Ted, who have to hand in a history paper for their school. Unfortunately, they are completely stupid and can’t think of anything other than playing their guitars and becoming rock stars. They do become massive rock stars and actually rule supreme over the world in the future, but it wouldn’t have happened unless they passed their history paper. So a guide is sent from the future to make sure that they pass. He comes in a phonebox time machine, and takes Bill and Ted to the past to find famous historical characters to help them with the paper. Thus ensues funny situations between Bill, Ted, and their famous friends. If you enjoy BTTF 3 with its historical setting, you should enjoy Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure with the many different time periods they travel back to.

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Bill and Ted – Be Excellent To Each Other

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is a film that shows Phil Connors, a local weatherman, get stuck in the same day over and over again. He is meant to be reporting about the weather-predicting Groundhog, Punxsutawny Phil, but when the day is over he has to live it over and over again. He then gets to know exactly what happens each day putting him into some funny situations. With the seemingly endless days stuck in the same day, Phil gets bored and upset and tries to get out of his cycle through many different ways. It isn’t until he acts selflessly when he finally gets himself out of the time loop.

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Hey Phil!

Minute Men

Even though a bit cheesy as it was made by Disney, Minute Men is a film about high school kids who build a time machine and decide to use it for the good of their class mates. The film starts with the main characters Virgil, Derek, and Stephanie starting high school by trying out for various clubs. Virgil opts for American football, but ends up being embarrassed by another new kids named Charlie who turns up to the try-outs on a rocket powered car. Virgil and Charlie are both humiliated by being hung on the school’s statue of their Ram mascot, thus being branded as outcasts for the rest of their schooling, while Virgil’s friends, Derek and Stephanie become popular. Virgil and Charlie end up becoming friends, and stick with each other. Charlie one days tells Virgil he has created a time machine, but didn’t have the expertise to build it. They both had to recruit another outsider, Zeke, to help them build the machine. Once it is finished they use it to go back in time to help other “nerds” when they had problems. Unfortunately, they use the machine too much and cause a black hole…

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Run it back again!

I hope you like these picks, as these are some of my favourite films of all time. You may be able to tell I really love time travel films. Thanks for sticking with Blog Blowfish for Back to the Future week. We will continue to put some great content out over the next few weeks including some more Aardman easter eggs, finishing the history of comics series, and starting a new series about valuable collectables. So remember where we are going we don’t need roads.

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Perhaps one of the most recognisable features of Back to the Future’s utopian view of 2015, has to be the hoverboards. In this post I hope to show you the history of the hoverboard, from its initial conception to its eventual production.

Although everyone assumes hoverboards were first created for Back to the Future, it may surprise you that one of the original concepts was conceived way back in the 1950s. This was named the Hiller VZ Pawnee, and rather than a board it was more of a floating platform. It was built for use by the American Army, but they didn’t really see its potential so only six were made, although they flew them successfully throughout the late 1950’s.

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Hiller Aircraft Floating Platform

From what I can tell the first place we really saw something resembling a hoverboard was on the Jetsons. It seems logical for the first appearance of one to be on a cartoon set in the future. They appear to ride them like Griff and his gang as they hold a piece of string. We are never told that this gadget is a hoverboard, but it certainly acts like one.

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The Jetson’s Hoverboard

After its first appearance on television, the hoverboard became a household name when Back to the Future II came out in 1989. The film shows a hoverboard used as a scooter until Marty rips of the handlebars and uses it as a  skateboard. The board takes an important role in the film getting Marty out of many scrapes. Since the film, the idea of a hoverboard has fascinated generations, so many different scientists and scientific organizations have been trying to recreate one for themselves. Unfortunately, they missed the deadline to create one working like it did in the film, but we do know they are still going to continue their work until a great one is on the market.

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BTTF’s Hoverboard

In 2001 rumours went around telling people that a hoverboard was in production and soon to come out to market. This project was codenamed “Ginger” and was created by Dean Kamen. The project turned out to be the Segway which was a gyroscopic, two-wheeled form of transportation. Obviously it wasn’t anything like a hoverboard because a hoverboard doesn’t have wheels. So why people thought he was making a hoverboard, I’ll never know.

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Not really a hoverboard.

Between 2004 and 2005, two tv shows tried their hand at building their own hoverboards. These programmes were Mythbusters and the Gadget show. Both shows went about the project in pretty much the same way; neither bothered using different chemical reactions or magnets, but used leaf blowers and boards. At this time not even Jamie Hyneman or Jason Bradbury could create a hoverboard as they both ended as failures.

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Jason Bradbury’s Hoverboard
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The Mythbuster Hoverboard

It wasn’t until 2011 when some real institutions tried their hands at cracking it. This year the Université Paris Diderot in France showed off their “Mag Surf.” Their hoverboard could hover 3cm off the ground by using a superconductor and a magnetized floors. You can watch their demonstration video below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkDOFkykFS4

There have been two high profile hoaxes too. A gentleman by the name of Greg Henderson launches a Kickstarter for his hoverboard in 2014. It turned out it was a massive pr stunt as he never really wanted to use the technology for hoverboards but for other products of his. He basically used it as advertising for his business. Another hoax appeared on YouTube called HUVr featuring Tony Hawk and Christopher Lloyd. It showed a hoverboard working just like it did in the movie. Unfortunately, it was a hoax created by the YouTube Channel, Funny or Die. They had used the same effects as the movies to give the authentic look.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4vE_vpkr90

After looking at all the different attempts at creating a hoverboard, Lexus have to be the best so far.  They use the same kind of science as the French guys but make it look a lot cooler. The video is just mind-blowing. It may seem that the board is going over concrete, but it isn’t it is going over a special metal surface. Nevertheless it is still amazing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwSwZ2Y0Ops

So lets hope Mattel have been working on it for 30 years and are ready to release their ultimate board tomorrow.

PP

When Pepsi Co started in 1893 as Brad’s Drink, almost everyone has tasted the cola goodness of Pepsi. Over the years, Pepsi has become one of the best known brands in the world. One way Pepsi puts their brand out there is by putting it in movies. Pepsi has been featured in Home Alone, Wayne’s World, Fight Club, and World War Z, but the biggest film has to be Back to the Future Part II.

The thing that was different with this branding was that the film did not feature one of Pepsi’s products, but actually made them create a new one. The film is partly set in 2015, 30 years in the future, and Marty gets to see what life looks like in what is meant to be today. In the film, Marty goes to a 80s themed cafe and asks for a Pepsi; he then is surprised to see a bottle of Pepsi Perfect rise from the counter. We then see further branding and flashes of the bottle later on in the film.

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Close Up View of the Bottle
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Biff and Marty with Pepsi Perfect
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Pepsi Perfect Logo
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Sweet

Now it is 2015 and the date from the film draws near, Pepsi have actually released Pepsi Perfect and have already given some away to BTTF fans at Comic Con. This Wednesday, however, anybody can get their hands on one of 6,500 bottles available to buy online for $20.15. The bottle and branding is exactly what you can see in the movie, while the drink is just normal Pepsi.

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The Future is Now…
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New Bottle Turn Around

Pepsi have gone the whole hog and even made a spoof television advert.

I love the fact that Pepsi have decided to bring Pepsi Perfect out just to please fans.

 

You're Fired Back to the Future Week Print Off Prop

If you are planning to celebrate Back to the Future day this Wednesday I have compiled some heavy crafts just for you. I have found some great things you can make to give your day an extra BTTF feel. I hope you like the ones I have selected. None of these are by me.

The first section will be some great paper craft. I have always really enjoyed paper craft; the ability to create a model of almost anything (provided you have enough printer ink) is really exciting. I have found some of the best Back to the Future paper crafts that you can make very cheaply.

Marty McFly and Doc Brown Paper Craft

These great paper crafts of Marty and Doc were created by Panko451 on deviantart using the pattern created by Cubeecraft. Click the images to take you to Panko’s page where you can print off these great models. If you don’t know how to make a Cubeecraft watch the video below for a tutorial.

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Doc Brown Cubeecraft
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Marty McFly Cubeecraft

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cf_KNSUpKY4

The next paper crafts are the various vehicles featured in the three films.

The most popular probably being the DeLorean. This DeLorean model is a fairly complex one compared to the Cubeecraft, but if you are up for the challenge it is definitely worth making.

You can also build your very own time travel train from the 3rd film. You can find both of these models at www.paperinside.com/delorean. All you have to do is download the parts and the instructions and any extras you would like.

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DeLorean Papercraft
Back to the Future Week Train Paper Craft
Time Travel Train Paper Craft

The next paper craft is one created officially by Cubeecraft… the Hoverboard! It is so easy even I managed to make it. Heres mine:

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My Paper Craft Hoverboard

If you like this and you want to build it, you can find the instructions here.

The next paper craft is an invitation you could send to anyone for any occasion, but I would recommend using it if you have a BTTF party.

Back to the Future Week Invitation Card
Back to the Future Invitation Card

You will be able to create one of your own by heading over to the Instructables page.

The last piece of paper craft you can print off is the You’re Fired!!! prop from the 2nd movie. This one takes no effort, but can be printed off on any piece of paper and cut out.

You're Fired Back to the Future Week Print Off Prop
You’re Fired Print Off Prop

The next items are ones you can find on Instructables.

In the 2nd film, the Gray’s Sport Almanac is an important part of the plot; with tutorial you can make one for yourself!

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Make Yourself Rich with Gray’s Alamanac

This is a great guide on Intructables by NamedJohnny.

NamedJohnny also shows us all how to make a hoverboard on Intructables! Unfortunately it doesn’t work.

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All made for less than $30

I hope you have enjoyed looking at some of the great projects you do. I am personally planning to do a couple of these. If you are chosing to do the easier projects or challenging yourself with the hard ones I hope you find them fun and encourage you to build your own items.