One finds it unusual to find a movie buff who has not seen the formidable trilogy of Return to the future (Robert Zemeckis, 1985-1990) or, worse still, that he has swallowed it and does not consider it one of the most joyous cinematographic stories of the eighties of the last century. But, from what Caroline Fox explains to us on ScreenRant, if everything had continued as it was in the original script of the first film written by Bob Gale and the director himself, there is no doubt that it would have ended up being something very different, maybe even ridiculous and not so exciting.
The time machine was not in a DeLorean, but in a refrigerator where Marty McFly would go to protect himself from a nuclear explosion
Because the time machine that Doc Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) builds in Back to the Future was not in a DeLorean car, with its gull-wing doors and plutonium-powered flux condenser, but in a refrigerator with a laser device called “Power converter”. Thus, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) would have traveled in time to 1955 when he entered the refrigerator to protect himself from a nuclear explosion. Yes, something suspiciously similar to what we see later in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Steven Spielberg, 2008).
Steven Spielberg feared that children would be locked in their refrigerators for imitating the hero of Back to the Future, so he pushed for change for the better
However, at the time, “many home refrigerators still had latches that held the door closed and kept food fresh,” says Caroline Fox, “but the unintended effect of this feature was that children sometimes crawled into the refrigerators. They closed the door and could not open them from the inside ”. And, “tragically, some of those children died”, something undesirable for the producer, Spielberg himself, in case the little ones happened to imitate the hero of Back to the Future. And that was how the fear of a tragedy contributed to improving what would become the most iconic and enjoyable work of time travel cinema.
The article This was the original ridiculous time machine from ‘Back to the Future’ was published in Hypertext.