We have finally got round to the last Aardman film on the list, and you can probably tell why I left it till last. Arthur Christmas is only the second cgi animated film created by Aardman. It deviates from the standard art style seen in almost all the Aardman films and shows. It is a great film and worth a watch this Christmas. So without further ado, lets get on with the list of Easter Eggs in Arthur Christmas.

We start off with a homage to one of the best Aardman scnes ever; Gromit’s train chase. In the Wrong Trousers, Gromit has to chase Feather’s McGraw on his train set, unfortunetly he runs out of track and has to speedily place the track down in front of him. This can be seen in Arthur Christmas too, when one of the elves has to lay out a train set we can see him speedily lay it out in front of him.

Train Gromit Scene Easter Eggs in Arthur Christmas
A great homage.

As well as being made by Aardman, the film was also created by Sony Animation. Sony wanted to add in a cheeky bit of product placement. One of the first okes in the film involves what everyone thinks is a fireplace, but is actually a flat screen television. This flat screen is none other than a Sony Bravia. I suppose it makes sense. If I was Sony I wouldn’t want to advertise Panasonic.

Sony Bravia Flat Screen Easter Eggs in Arthur Christmas
Very Cheeky Sony

Whether Arthur Christmas is a Christmas film classic remains to be seen, but we all know the significance of the Snowman film by Raymond Briggs. It was great to see a snippet of it playing in the background. Lets hope Arthur Christmas becomes just as much a classic as the Snowman.

The Snowman Raymond Briggs Easter Eggs in Arthur Christmas
We’re Walking in the Air

A nice cameo of Shaun the Sheep snuck in.

Shaun the Sheep Toy Easter Eggs in Arthur Christmas
He’s Shaun the Sheep

I don’t know how much they paid for this product placement, but it was certainly worth it. The Post Office and the Co-op both appear in the film. It cool to see these in the film, as I doubt most overseas viewers wouldn’t get it.

Post Office Co-Operative Food Easter Eggs in Arthur Christmas
Nice bit of advertising.
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Very similar don’t you think?

We can now see a poster advertising the film Open Season created by Sony and Columbia. Funnily enough, Arthur Christmas was also made by Sony and Columbia. It is obvious why they added in this nice detail.

Open Season Poster Easter Eggs in Arthur Christmas
Bear Season, Deer Season, Bear Season…

In the UK and I assume many other countries, a company named Haynes create guides and manuals on a variety of subjects. They are best known for car manuals, but more recently they have been creating pop culture guides based on things like Wallace and Gromit’s inventions to the Star Trek Enterprise. Whether Aardman wanted this to be featured because of the recent guides to Wallace’s barmy inventions is unknown, but I can’t help but think it helped.

Haynes Manual Easter Eggs in Arthur Christmas
Haynes Guide to the S-1
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They will make a Haynes manual about anything these days.

The last detail is fairly obscure. Chop Socky Chooks was an animated tv show created by Aardman and Sony back in 2008. It appeared on Cartoon Network and from what I can see received relatively bad reviews. I am a massive Aardman fan, and I have never seen an episode so that probably tells you how unpopular it was. However, it made an appearance in Arthur Christmas, so maybe it is loved more than I thought.

Chop Socky Chooks Easter Eggs in Arthur Christmas
Kung Fu Chicken Anyone?
Chop Socky Chooks Poster
Original Poster

Now that all the main films are finished I shall create a page featuring all the different films in a timeline. I shall also be creating videos giving more details about the different easter eggs in the various films. So keep your eyes peeled.


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.

Morph Shaun the Sheep Movie
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.

More Credits Shaun the Sheep Movie
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.

Miss Thripp Shaun the Sheep Movie
It seems she needs a scooter now.
Voiced by Geraldine McEwan

A few of pop culture items making an appearance.

Hoverboard Shaun the Sheep Movie
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


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.

Dog Shaun the Sheep Movie
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

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

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


Continuing on in the line of Aardman films, we get to Peter Lord’s Pirates film! I have picked out some of the best hidden details in the film. to show you today. So sit back, relax, and enjoy just like I did when watching the film again today.

Having been to Weston and Bristol this week, I can see why Aardman decided to add this little nod towards Weston Super-Mare. Weston is just down the road from Aardman’s home of Bristol.

Weston Super-Mare Aardman Pirates
Poor Blood Island being paired with Weston.

This is the only nod to any other Aardman films as far as I can see.

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Wallace is worth his weight in gold.

This poster is a reference to Mrs. Slocombe from classic BBC sitcom Are you Being Served? Throughout the episodes, Mrs Slocombe always references her cat as “pussy”. This is a playful nod toward that great sitcom character.

Slocombe Aardman Pirates Easter Eggs
A great reference!
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The Unforgettable Mrs. Slocombe

This is another nod to a classic British show. This time it is a reference to Opportunity Knocks. The reference is the Applause – o – Meter in the film as a nod to the one in Opportunity Knocks. In the show the different acts were judged the applause of the audience.

Opportunity Knocks Reference Aardman Pirates Easter Eggs
Where have I seen this before?
Opportunity Knocks Clapometre

This is Captain Nemo from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea written by Jules Verne.

Captain Nemo Aardman Pirates Easter Eggs
Capt’n Nemo

This poster is after a new captain for the ship Bounty. They must have had a mutiny or something.

Mutiny on the Bounty Aardman Pirates Easter Eggs
New Captain Needed

Whether this is a reference to the Madagascar films, or just a coincidence. But these lemurs certainly remind me of King Julian.

Madagascar Aardman Pirates Easter Eggs
King Julian?

Being a massive fan of the Beano, as I am sure you know, this reference was not lost on me. The Pirate King asks the Pirate Captain for his membership badge with the googly eyes back. This is meant to remind the viewer of the Gnasher badge that was given out to members of the Beano club.

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It has googly eyes.
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This also has googly eyes.

The Pirate King in the film is voiced by Brian Blessed. We see his name mentioned on the Pirate of the Year nomination sheet where it asks about the roaring of the applicant; the options were regular, incessant, or Brian Blessed.

Brian Blessed Aardman Pirates Easter Eggs
Gordon’s Alive!

Another British show is referenced, with the Blue Peter badge being on the hat of the Pirate with Gout.

Blue Peter Badge Pirates Aardman Easter Eggs
Pirate with Gout’s Favourite TV Programme

We now see a Blog Blowfish reference. I wish.

Blog Blowfish Aardman Pirates Easter Eggs
Who can blame me for doing a cheeky bit of self promotion?

A great pun on the gossip mag Hello! made to look like a pirate version.

Ahoy! Pirates Aardman Easter Eggs
Much like Hello! only better and with more pirates.

If you like this post make sure to check out the Aardman films I have searched through. You should find some real hidden gems.

Grand Day Out – https://blogblowfish.wordpress.com/2015/10/02/easter-eggs-in-wallace-and-gromit-a-grand-day-out/

Wrong Trousers – https://blogblowfish.wordpress.com/2015/09/04/easter-eggs-in-wallace-and-gromit-the-wrong-trousers/

A Close Shave – https://blogblowfish.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/easter-eggs-in-wallace-and-gromit-a-close-shave/

Chicken Run – https://blogblowfish.wordpress.com/2015/10/16/easter-eggs-in-chicken-run/

Curse of the Were Rabbit – https://blogblowfish.wordpress.com/2015/09/22/easter-eggs-in-wallace-and-gromit-the-curse-of-the-were-rabbit/

Flushed Away – https://blogblowfish.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/easter-eggs-in-flushed-away/

Matter of Loaf and Death – https://blogblowfish.wordpress.com/2015/10/06/easter-eggs-in-wallace-and-gromit-a-matter-of-loaf-and-death/


Continuing with the Aardman easter eggs, I watched Flushed Away to see the hidden details. This was the best film so far, probably because they could add whatever they wanted because it was CGI, rather than having to make it physically for stop motion.

We start with a 50 Cent reference. Introducing to you 40 Pence!

40pence Flushed Away Easter Eggs
40 Pence In Da House

Two Aardman books including Cracking Animation.

Aardman books Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Great Reading Choices

A Tail of Two Cats. Alex the Lion from Madagascar and the Cat from Creature Comforts.

Cat and Lion Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Two Cats
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Alex the Lion
Creature Comforts Cat
Creature Comforts Cat

Some more Creature Comfort characters.

Creature Comfort Flushed Away Easter Eggs
All the Creature Comfort Gang

Some recognisable DVDs including Over the Hedge, Shrek, Antz, and Wallace and Gromit Curse of the Were Rabbit.

DVDs Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Great DVD Collection Roddy

This looks like a fighting game with Feathers McGraw vs Preston. The question is who would you back and where do I get an arcade machine like that?

Feathers and Preston Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Feathers vs Preston – Who will win?

A Gromit Pencil topper available at all good ebay stores.

Gromit Pencil Topper Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Gromit Pencil Topper

Surely another Gromit reference?

Gromit Reference Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Got to be a Gromit Reference

Gromit Plushie. Need I say more?

Gromit Toy Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Oh Gromit

A sock monkey of the monkey from Madagascar.

Monkey Madagascar Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Madagascar Sock Monkey
Madagascar Monkey Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Madagascar Monkey

An obvious reference to Dreamwork’s rival Pixar. Doesn’t really look like Nemo though.

Nemo Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Have you seen my dad?

These penguins sneak in everywhere.

Penguins Flushed Away Easter Eggs

The rabbits from Were Rabbit.

Rabbits Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Veg Bad… Veg Bad…

Rex the Runt, Aardman’s TV series gets a reference too.

Rex the Runt Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Rex the Hunt

Shaun also gets two nods.

Shaun 2 flushed Away Easter Eggs
He’s Shaun the Sheep
Shaun the Sheep Pic Flushed Away Easter Eggs
He’s Shaun the Sheep

We also get a Shrek reference.

Shrek Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Shrek Fridge Magnet

Recognise this picture?

Wallace and Gromit Pic Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Wallace and Gromit Picture


Or this one?

Wallace Football Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Wallace from Cracking Contraptions playing the Bootiful Game

Or this Costume?

Wallace Suit Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Wallace Costume

Two for one. A Wendolene picture and a Chicken Run DVD.

Wendolene and Chicken Run Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Two for the price of one… Wendolene and Chicken Run

A newspaper reference to the Were Rabbit terrorising West Wallaby Street.

Were Rabbit Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Were Rabbit Reference

Last but not least, a Wolverine reference. Wolverine is played by Hugh Jackman, and so is Rodney, so why not have a Wolverine costume.

Wolverine Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Wolverine Costume

Thanks for reading. I have finally found all the other DVDs for the other Aardman films, so stay tuned Fishy Friends!

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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.

Bill-and-TEd Time Travel Movies Back to the Future
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.

groundhog_day Back to the Future Time Travel Movies
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…

Minute Men Back to the Future Time Travel Films
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.


Hello fishy friends! I am Elsie from Nitryl Blog, and I am the sister of Blogblowfish’s editor. I am a fashion fanatic and will be writing today about the superbly garish fashion from the 1980’s to celebrate Back to the Future week! If you like my content you can find my blog here or contact me on Twitter or Facebook.

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From leotards to legwarmers, the 1980’s are known by many as “the decade that fashion forgot”. Thanks to the likes of Madonna, nothing was worn in small measures and anything that lacked clashing patterns and shoulder pads wasn’t worth the wearing. As you probably know by now, it is Back to the Future week, and today I am going to discuss the best and the worst fashion from the film, and whether their estimations of 2015 fashion were accurate.

Marty McFly, the uber-cool skater and guitarist, wears the same outfit throughout most of the first and second film. The burnt orange gilet and the denim jacket combo screamed 80’s, and similar pieces have become synonymous with the movie.  Paired with faded ‘wrangler’ style jeans and the now fashionable white sneakers, this outfit was considerably standard for such a extravagant decade. However, Marty didn’t always wear such a laid back outfit choice.

Marty McFly in Back To The Future

In the future scenes of the film, he is wearing a much more exaggerated version the the previous outfit. A rubber-looking jacket (that I’m sure Will.I.Am has been seen in) and a holographic cap were added, and of course, the infamous self-tying Nike’s. The way the producers and stylists of Back to the Future predicted some of the fashion had some truth in it, but also a lot that have thankfully not come into the place. The holographic snapback can be bought from many online retailers. Whether or not this was an accurate guess or whether it was created purely to replicate that of the movie, I don’t know, but either way, they are being worn!

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That being said, I am going to discuss the rest of the estimations throughout the film, and whether or not they have been correct. If I were to try and imagine what people will be wearing in 30 years, I really would be stuck. It is very difficult to comprehend what trends and fashions will take place. When we think of the future, we do naturally think of robots, PVC, and gimmicks, which must have been what the style team at Back to the Future were also thinking.

In Back to the Future 2, these two kids are seen. This estimation of 2015 kids fashion could not be further from the truth. The bright, printed and even sparkly tops are clothes most children wouldn’t be seen dead in, and as for the hats that’s another story. I assume they were going for the space-inspired look, but this glorified colander hasn’t, and I doubt ever will, catch on. The plastic sun-visor is a slightly more realistic headgear option, but unless you’re playing golf in space, I don’t think it will ever become a trend.Back to the Future Fashion Kids

This dress seen is probably one of the most accurate creations of them all. Bodycon dresses have been a popular dress style loved by women (and their male partners) for years. So much so, you could not walk into a high-street fashion retailer without finding one on the racks!

This dress is a wholesale item sold in many shops, has been extremely popular in the recent months. And although it is inversed and is lacking the sleeve hoops, they are definitely similar. In a few years, who knows, those 3D appliqués may be ‘in’.Back To The Future woman fashion


Last but not least, there is Doc. This yellow satin number could not have been left out of this post. Yet again, this isn’t that preposterous at all, and in fact for some, quite wearable. Although not a style choice for all, the individual items could be bought and more than that, worn. However, not so typically by a man.

That’s right! This gold satin shirt with overwhelming similarities to the one Doc wore in the movie can actually be bought off Asos. And although it has not got the length, there is no ignoring that almost royal gold.Doc Back to the Future FashionSatin

In conclusion, despite the crazy colours and materials seen at face value in the movie, when inspected more closely, I think they didn’t do a too bad job at predicting fashion in 2015. Whether worn individually or just as a costume, there is no doubt that these peculiar fashion choices are around and for sale. Having said that, I believe it will be a while until we will be wearing kitchen utensils as hats, what do ya think Doc?

Air Mags Back to the Future

I hope you all enjoyed Back to the Future Day yesterday, I certainly did. Yesterday a very special announcement was released concerning the shoes that Marty wears in the second film.

Air Mags Back to the Future
Marty’s Nike Mags

Nike are releasing replicas of Marty’s Mags that actually tie themselves up! This isn’t the first time Nike have released replicas of the shoes, but it is the first time with the tie up laces.

Nike Mag Back to the Future
Coming 2016

You will be able to buy yourself a pair at a 2016 auction in aid of the Michael J. Fox Foundation. We don’t know any details of the auction apart from the fact it is taking place in Spring 2016. You can find a page about this here.

To celebrate BTTF Day, Nike dropped off a pair of their new trainers with “power laces” to their first client, Michael J. Fox.


If you can’t afford a pair of official trainers you can always buy a pair online for around £200.

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One shop supplying a cheaper alternative.

If you want to look like Marty you really need a pair of these, so it is nice to see the cool guys at Nike providing.

Fax Machines Back to the Future

Well let me first wish you a good Back to the Future day, we can officially say the future is now! To celebrate I have compiled a list of some of the predictions made about today. I decided to write about it today just incase any of the predictions came true today *cough* Mattel *cough*.


If you read yesterday’s post, you will realise we are still a fair bit away from hoverboards like the film. Although not Marty’s board, the Lexus board seems the best so far. I do not doubt, however, we will see ones very similar to Marty’s come out in the near future.

Back to the Future hoverboard
BTTF’s Hoverboard

Fingerprint Identification

When we get a glimpse as Marty’s future home, we can see that fingerprint scanners are the new replacement for lock and key. This would make sense as everybody’s fingerprints are unique unlike some keys. Nowadays, in the real 2015, we do put our fingerprints to use, just not for locking our homes. Many phones and laptops now have fingerprint scanners to check that the real user gets into the device while intruders don’t.

Fingerprint Scanners Back to the Future
Fingerprint Scanner Door Lock

Fingerprint Scanner

Voice Activated Devices

Who would think 30 years ago we would all be commanding and shouting at our devices to make them work? I certainly wouldn’t have guessed. Today we all seem to find it normal to shout at machines expecting them to do what we want them to. In the film Marty’s family all use voice activated devices including a hydrator, retracting  grape shelf, and televisions.

Voice Activation Back to the Future
Lorraine Ordering Around Her Hydrator


Chip and Pin

In the film we see police officers asking someone to pay a parking fine. The driver then puts his card into a machine and then puts his finger on a panel to pay. Nowadays, in England anyway, we can just use a card to pay for items. All we have to do is tap our cards on a machine to pay. So we have actually gone one better than the film where instead of a two step system, we have a one step system.

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Chip and Pin?


Fax Machines

I suppose in the 80’s fax was the future, but it definetly wasn’t. When Marty is fired his boss sends him faxes to his various machines. The funny thing is he had more than one fax machine; he had at least one in each room! Faxes are still used sometimes in business to quickly send files, but today no one has a personal fax machine or probably want one.

Fax Machines Back to the Future
Not really the future


In the Cafe 80’s we see monitors with celebrities, Ronald Reagan and Michael Jackson, talking to the customer about different items available. They are the 80s versions of themselves and are therefore 30 years old in the film. So we can only assume it is using CGI. Today we are able to use CGI to give people experiences of people dead or alive without them ever having to be there. A prime example of this was the holographic concert of Freddy Mercury at the London Olympic Closing Ceremony.

CGI Back to the Future
Try our Specials


Video Chat

Well done Steven Spielberg, you accurately predicted Skype! Marty is seen giving his pal Needles a conference call, all over a network similar to the net.

Video Chat Back to the Future
Just like Skype


Cubs Win World Series

I know nothing about baseball in American, but I think the Cubs are still able to win the World Series. So I can’t help thinking I should have put some money on the Cubbies.

Cubbies Back to the Future
Against Miami?

I hope you have enjoyed your post and enjoy your BTTF day!


Air Mags Back to the Future

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.

Back to the Future Hoverboard segway
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.


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.


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!


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


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.

Pepsi Perfect Close Up Back to the Future
Close Up View of the Bottle
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Biff and Marty with Pepsi Perfect
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Pepsi Perfect Logo
Pepsi Perfect Rising from the Counter Back to the Future

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.