Christopher Lloyd on the timeless charm of 'Back to the Future'

Back to the Future day is here, and so are products from the movie
Back to the Future day is here, and so are products from the movie

Christopher Lloyd looks around at all the inventions that have emerged since Doc Brown and Marty McFly flew into the future 26 years ago.

"Doc's been busy," said Lloyd who played the lovable mad scientist Doc Brown in the "Back to the Future" series.

On Wednesday, fans of the classic film trilogy will celebrate "Back to the Future Day," the day that Doc and Marty travel to the year 2015 in 1989's "Back to the Future Part II."

The franchise has gained an immense cult following and one that has withstood the test of time. Lloyd told CNNMoney that he recently watched the movie again.

"It has a lot of charm," Lloyd said.

Lloyd, 76, said that much of that charm is because the movies fulfill dreams of traveling through the time-space continuum.

"Time travel is a fantasy we all have," Lloyd said. "The 'Back to the Future' series really exploits that wish."

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Unlike the original movie, which went back in time, the second film in the $416.7 million series gave moviegoers a peek into the future.

In the film, Marty and Doc travel to 2015 to right the wrongs made by Marty's future children. In the fictional setting of Hill Valley, California, there was flying cars, self-tying Nikes, and hoverboards.

While some of the film's predictions were off (abolishing all lawyers? Not so much), the film did get a lot of things correct about the future we now inhabit.

Video conferencing, virtual reality glasses, and news drones all came to be.

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Lloyd suggested the film -- not the companies -- should be getting more credit for these innovations.

"It may be the other way around that Doc Brown and the writers of 'Back to the Future' came up with these ideas and various companies have gotten into it and developed them for commercial use," he said.

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October 21, 2015 is the day that Marty McFly and Doc Brown went to the future in 1989's "Back to the Future Part II."

The film has a few self-fulfilling prophecies with some brands releasing products tied to the day.

The prediction in the movie that got some of the biggest laughs was the Cubs winning the World Series. The Cubs are currently in contention in the playoffs.

Lloyd said "it would be fun" to throw out the first pitch at the Cubs' game against the Mets on Wednesday night.

Pepsi is releasing online the cola that Marty orders at the nostalgic "Cafe 80s," Pepsi Perfect. Toyota is using Back to the Future Day to release the Mirai, a car that uses renewable energy much like Doc's DeLorean time machine.

Lloyd reunited with his former co-star Michael J. Fox for the Toyota ads and said that he'd like to reunite again for a "Back to the Future Part IV."

"I would jump on it," Lloyd said. "I would love to do that."

Whether or not Lloyd ever gets back behind the wheel of a flying DeLorean he feels that as "Back to the Future" enters the real 2015, it still has a bright future with fans.

"The audience keeps growing exponentially," he said. "I think there's a lot of future in it."


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