Saturday Morning Cartoon

This year marked the 25th anniversary of Back to the Future. I was shocked to discover that after the trilogy had hit theatres that there was an animated cartoon that ran for two seasons starting in 1993.

The cartoon followed after the third movie continuity-wise and focused more on Doc Brown and his family and less on Marty. Strangely enough Christopher Lloyd starred as Doc Brown in a live action segment at the start of each episode and at the end where he would introduce a science experiment that Bill Nye (before he was the science guy) would perform at the end of the cartoon. Naturally Michael J. Fox had nothing to do with the series but Mary Steenburgen (Clara) and Thomas F. Wilson (Biff) voiced their characters from the films. Strangely Christopher Lloyd did not voice the animated Doc Brown. Dan (Homer Simpson) Castellaneta did. Maybe it was too much to pay Lloyd to do the live action bit and the cartoon.

Author: Shane Hnetka

Shane Hnetka spends most of his life watching movies and reading comic books, using his vast knowledge of genre culture for evil instead of good.

2 thoughts on “Saturday Morning Cartoon”

  1. It couldn’t have been that they couldn’t afford Lloyd for the voice – his filmography is full of cheapo flicks and TV work. I’d assume they wanted a professional voice actor for it.

    Also, apparently this series just didn’t give a shit about time paradoxes? That’s what the movies are built around. The conclusion to this just hurts my head.

  2. Oddly enough, because Tom Wilson chose to voice the BTTF animated series, this launched him into a dependable stream of animated voice work. My kids got to know his voice through various tough guys in SpongeBob Squarepants. “Who blew this bubble?” was an oft-quoted favourite around the house.

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