" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

November 4, 2022

Did the Writers of BTTF Get Some Ideas from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?

I was watching the Kenneth Branagh movie 'Belfast' on Amazon Prime the other night and there was a scene where Ken and his family go to the cinema to see 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' and they act like they are seeing it in an IMAX theatre.
And while I have never seen that movie on the cinema screen, I had seen bits and pieces of the movie on TV over the years and the flying scenes didn't seem too impressive to me.
The Belfast family viewing 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'
With today's movie technology they could make a pretty good
IMAX experience with a 
'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' re-boot, but those songs would have to go ... at least most of them I reckon or replace them with better ones.  
Maybe get Hugh Jackman to play the Dick Van Dyke role?
I bought a copy of 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' on DVD years ago for the kids to watch, but I could never get into the movie to be honest with all of those stupid songs to sit through.
But after seeing the movie featured in 'Belfast' I watched the DVD right through mainly to see just how good the flying car scenes were, and just how different the movie was from Ian Fleming's children's novel.
I read the novel years ago, but have since given the book away since mentioning the book in this old post -
Just Who is Philip Gardiner?
Apart from realizing the
Dame Judi Dench/James Bond/Bang Bang/Ian Fleming connection as I sat watching 
'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' I couldn't help thinking that the makers of the BTTF movies had pinched some ideas from the Bang Bang movie.
There's the sheep dog named Edison in Bang Bang, as opposed to the sheep dog named Einstein in BTTF, and the flying cars, mad inventors with Rube Goldberg like machines, and even a helmet that gives wild haircuts instead of reads minds unsuccessfully:-)
Synchronicities: Part of a Giant Universal Rube Goldberg Machine???
Professor Butts and the
Self-Operating Napkin (1931)
I can't help but see the influence Bang Bang has had on the makers of BTTF as more than just coincidence.
Back to the Future: The Massive Speaker is Meant to be the Bomb that was Dropped on Hiroshima at 8:15
"The original "hero" car, in a condition described as fully functional and road-going, was offered at auction on 15 May 2011 by a California-based auction house. The car sold for $805,000, less than the $1 million to $2 million it was expected to reach. It was purchased by New Zealand film director Sir Peter Jackson."
I wonder if Peter Jackson drives around in CCBB trick or treating on his birthday of October 31st?-)


  1. You connect things in the most intriguing ways, Daz,

  2. Probably just caused from old football head injuries kicking in at my age now Trish :-P