The Director of Back to the Future II Lied To Us About HoverboardsMatt Novak10/21/13 7:33pmFiled to: back to the futurehoverboards0EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink Are hoverboards real? Well, no. But if you were a kid in the 1980s and happened to see the "making of" documentary for Back to the Future II, you'd be forgiven for thinking so. Advertisement When I first started the Paleofuture blog back in 2007 I got some rather curious emails about hoverboards. Specifically, some people — some adult people — were emailing to let me know that hoverboards were real. How could this be? Well, they all vaguely remembered seeing someone talking on the TV-box about how Back to the Future II used real hoverboards, but that no-fun consumer safety organizations wouldn't allow them to be released to the public.Here we have Robert Zemeckis, the director of the 1989 movie, lying to impressionable kids, creating a generation of bitter people, angry that they never got their hoverboard: Advertisement The hoverboard is a board that hovers on magnetic energy. And it works just like a skateboard except it doesn't have any wheels, and you don't have to have any pavement to hover on it. And they've been around for years, it's just that parents' groups have not let the toy manufacturers make them, but we got our hands on some and we put them in the movie.Sure, we can see Zemeckis smirking, and any adult can tell that he's joking. But if you saw this clip when you were a kid it's easy to understand how you might be fooled.And if you need more proof, below we have a gif (on the newly christened Gifmodo!) of Michael J. Fox suspended by wires, with his hoverboard clearly supported by a long black beam. Sponsored Zemeckis, you're a real jerk, you know that? Oh, and thanks for making one of the greatest movies of all time.