I like The Simpsons, and a Universal Studios ride based on their shenanigans sounds like a rip-roarin’ good time to me, but at what cost? How much Hollywood history are we willing to sacrifice to fulfill our theme park desires? According to announcements made Tuesday, Universal Studios is creating a new Simpsons ride, planned to open in both Orlando and Hollywood spring 2008. That’s all fine and good, except for the fact that said ride will “take over the locations formerly occupied by Back to the Future: The Ride.” Apparently the Orlando BTTF ride has already met its demise, but I have it on good authority that the Universal City BTTF ride is still up and running.
In Dress to Kill, Eddie Izzard mocks America for this very thing:
You tear your history down, man! “30 years old, let’s smash it to the floor and put a car park here!” I have seen it in stories. I saw something in a program on something in Miami, and they were saying, “We’ve redecorated this building to how it looked over 50 years ago!” And people were going, “No, surely not, no. No one was alive then!”
It’s a disgrace, I tell you–a shame and a disgrace. We’ll just have to hope that Doc Brown will rewrite the future–or the past, depending on when he gets around to it.