Never-Before-Seen BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II Concept Art

As the calendar flipped from 2014 to 2015, you undoubtedly saw tons of references to Back to the Future Part II on social media - and that's not likely to change, considering this year marks the fictional anniversary of when Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) traveled to the future in the 1989 sequel. I rewatched BTTF Part II and Part III for the first time in years, and was struck at how bad Part II is in the "future" section. All of the actors adopt incredibly weird voices to try to distinguish their future characters from their 1985 and 1955 counterparts, and the whole thing is just an excuse for Old Biff to grab the almanac so the main thrust of the narrative can get going. But while I have my quibbles with the first half of the film, there's one thing that can be said without a doubt: the production design in the movie's version of 2015 is one of the most iconic depictions of the future ever committed to film.

Newsweek has just released some original, never-before-seen concept art for the movie from concept artist Edward Eyth, and we'll show a few of them to you below. Head to Newsweek to see all of them, but it's impressive to see how accurate Eyth and his team were when it comes to designing futuristic props for life in 2015. The implementation may not be exactly spot-on, but the ideas they had are fascinating and you can see just how close some of this stuff is to existing in our real world today.

H/T: io9

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