Two beloved movies re-emerged in a pair of Web parodies this week—though one appears to be taking the joke a little bit too seriously.
That would be Huvr, which lit up Twitter on Tuesday with talk of the world’s first hoverboard, which you may remember from the 1989 blockbuster Back to the Future II. The people behind Huvr claim that they’ll bring a floating skateboard to the market by the end of this year. The people behind Huvr are almost certainly pulling your leg.
Still, that’s an awful lot of trouble to go through in the service of a fairly transparent bit of fakery. Christopher Lloyd, Tony Hawk, Moby, and the lead singer from Best Coast are all busy people who would seemingly have better things to do than give us false hope about the viability of hoverboard technology. (Terrell Owens and Billy Zane, in contrast, likely have nothing but time on their hands.) So why all the effort?
That’s the question bubbling throughout social media on Tuesday, with the most common guesses being that’s a viral campaign to promote a new Back to the Future sequel (seems unlikely), a teaser for a forthcoming game (seems excessive), or—if Huvr’s earnest Facebook page is anything to go by—the genuine article (seems laughable). io9 hit upon the best explanation, I think—that this is a viral video from Funny or Die. If so, it’s probably closer to the “Die” end of the spectrum.
For what it’s worth, the Huvr website’s promised December 2014 “destination time”—presented in a Back to the Future-esque DeLorean time machine font—is significant since, as every schoolboy knows, Back to the Future II is set in 2015 and OH MY GOD WHY AM I STILL TALKING ABOUT THIS OBVIOUS FAKE THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT ME TO DO…
A much better Web tribute to an aging blockbuster is Jurassic Systems, which lovingly recreates the Irix and Macintosh environments used in 1993’s Jurassic Park. The commands are fairly limited—you certainly won’t be able to administer the computer systems of a theme park populated with cloned dinosaurs, but you will be able to relive the scene where Dennis Nedry’s security measures kick in. Hopefully, you'll handle things better than Samuel L. Jackson did.
It’s a fun little tribute site that promises one hidden feature and dangles the possibility of future updates if anyone takes creator Tully Robinson up on the offer to “add some commands or flesh out other parts of the system.” If nothing else, Jurassic Systems should be good practice in the event you ever find yourself surrounded by velociraptors and need to quickly reboot a computer setup.
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