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'''"Roman Holiday"''' (also known as '''"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot Race"''') is the fifth episode of the first season of ''[[Back to the Future: The Animated Series]]''. It first aired on [[October 19]], [[1991]].
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|writer=[[Mark Klastorin]], [[Michael Klastorin]], and [[John Ludin]]
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|director=[[Phil Robinson]]
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|airdate=[[October 19]], [[1991]]
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'''"Roman Holiday"''' (also known as '''"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot Race"''') is the fifth episode of the first season of ''[[Back to the Future: The Animated Series]]'', and the fifth episode overall. It first aired on [[October 19]], [[1991]].
   
The comic book issue ''[[Back to the Future 3]]'' is an adaptation of this episode.
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Its original planned airdate of [[October 12]] was preempted due to the Clarence Thomas hearings.
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The [[Back to the Future 3 (Harvey Comics)|third issue]] of [[Harvey Comics|Harvey's]] ''[[Back to the Future (Harvey Comics)|Back to the Future]]'' [[Back to the Future comics|comic book]] is an adaptation of this episode.
   
In the question and answer session at USC, [[Robert Zemeckis]] and [[Bob Gale]] discussed their view of time travel. "You travel through time, you don't travel through space," Zemeckis noted, "and most of your time travel movies make that fatal mistake. You're in California, and you travel back to ancient Rome. How did you get to Rome, if you're in this longitude and latitude?" In this episode of the animated series, of course, the DeLorean indeed does travel from California to ancient Rome. It should be noted, of course, that in order to sustain a weekly series, particularly for a cartoon, the characters would need to travel to other locations besides California.
 
   
 
==Brief synopsis==
 
==Brief synopsis==
With Marty as company, Doc heads to Ancient Rome to return overdue library books. Jules and Verne overhear their father talk about the arcades and stow away in the DeLorean to play the Roman "video games, (the boys have been forbidden to leave the house because they mis-use their father's latest invention - a holographic device.) Once there, Marty insults Bifficus and is challenged to a chariot race. Doc is mistaken for a rebellious slave and is going to be thrown to the lions. The boys run amok in Ancient Rome and end up meeting Judah, a slave, who helps them get out of trouble. In the end, Marty loses the race because Bifficus must rise to power in order for the Roman Empire to fall. Doc uses his holographic device to avoid becoming lion chow and the boys help Judah escape to become a free man.
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With Marty as company, Doc heads to Rome in [[36|36 A.D.]] to return architectural plans that he had borrowed for study. Jules and Verne overhear their father talk about the arcades and stow away in the [[DeLorean time machine]] to play the Roman "video games" (the boys have been punished and is not allowed to leave the house because they misuse their father's latest invention - a [[holographic device]]). Once there, Marty insults [[Bifficus Antanneny]], a very popular athlete, who challenges him to a [[chariot race]]. Doc is mistaken for a rebellious slave and is going to be thrown to the lions. The boys run amok in Ancient Rome and end up meeting [[Judah]], a slave, who helps them get out of trouble. In the end, Marty purposefully loses the race, because the popularity of Bifficus is critical to the rise of [[Caligula]] as Emperor of Rome, which Doc points out to be a key event toward the eventual downfall of the Empire. Doc uses his holographic device to avoid becoming lion chow and the boys help Judah escape to become a free man. [[File:Jules_in_Ancient_Rome.jpg|thumb|Jules, wearing his Roman toga.]][[File:Verne_in_Ancient_Rome.jpg|thumb|Verne, holding out a statue's "arm" to trip a guard.]]
   
 
==Plot==
 
==Plot==
   
==Dramatis personae==
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==Behind the scenes==
*[[Marty McFly]], as [[Marticus]]
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*When Marty first tries to talk to the locals, they can't understand each other. They're speaking in Latin, until Doc provides a translation device for the benefit of Marty (the audience benefits as well). It may be the first time in a cartoon that ancient Romans are portrayed as speaking in their native language.
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*The comic book issue ''[[Back to the Future 3]]'' is an adaptation of this episode.
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*In the question and answer session at USC, [[Robert Zemeckis]] and [[Bob Gale]] discussed their view of time travel. "You travel through time, you don't travel through space," Zemeckis noted, "and most of your time travel movies make that fatal mistake. You're in [[California]], and you travel back to ancient Rome. How did you get to Rome, if you're in this longitude and latitude?" In this episode of the animated series, of course, the DeLorean indeed does travel from California to ancient Rome. It should be noted, of course, that in order to sustain a weekly series, particularly for a cartoon, the characters would need to [[spatial displacement|travel to other locations]] besides California.
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*History records that Caligula became the Emperor of Rome in 37 A.D., the year after the Brown family's visit.
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*Bifficus refers to Marty as "[[butthead|tuum de gluteus maximus]]" and then as "unus [[chicken|pullus]]", two insults that the translating device doesn't immediately recognize, but then spells out.
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*Bifficus has a run-in with waste material, in another instance of a Tannen crashing into [[manure]].
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*In order to keep Bifficus from losing the chariot race, Doc equipped Marty's chariot with a "drag chute". In the live segment, the science experiment is from the video encyclopedia, section "D" for "drag", and Doc and [[Bill Nye]] show how a drag chute slows down a toy car.
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==Errors==
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*After refusing to enter the chariot race, Marty reacts to being called "chicken" by Bifficus and eventually enters the race. However, at the end of ''Back to the Future Part III'', Marty had actually learnt a very important lesson about self-control after his showdown with Mad Dog Tannen in 1885.
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==Quotes==
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(Marty knocks down a stack of electronic equipment in a crash)
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{{dialogue|Marty|Man, I'm sorry Doc, I ruined your latest invention!|Doc|What invention? This is the trash.|}}
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{{dialogue|Bifficus|Kneel, simpleton, and bow your head unless you wish to lose it.|Marty|Is there a Tannen in every century?|}}
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{{quote|Purgamentum! Odi purgamentum! [Filth! I hate filth!]|Bifficus, after falling into waste matter}}
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{{dialogue2|Doc|And now, boys, it's time to go...|Jules and Verne|"...back to the future!!"|No, back to town. I have to return these scrolls.|}}
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(After Judah reveals his name to Marty and leaves with the chariot)
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{{dialogue3|Marty|Ben-Hur? Doc, that's...|Doc|I know, Marty.}}
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==Appearances==
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*[[Bifficus Antanneny]] {{1st}}
 
*[[Emmett Brown]]
 
*[[Emmett Brown]]
 
*[[Jules Brown]]
 
*[[Jules Brown]]
 
*[[Verne Brown]]
 
*[[Verne Brown]]
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*[[Caligula]] {{1st}}
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*[[Judah]] {{1st}}
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*[[Marty McFly]], as [[Marticus]]
*[[Bifficus Antanneny]]
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*[[Judah]]
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*[[Horse]]
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*[[Lion]] {{1st}}
*[[Rome]]
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*[[Roman Empire]]
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*[[Rome]] {{1st}}
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*[[Roman Empire]] {{1st}}
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*[[36]] {{1st}}
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*[[1295]] {{1stm}}
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*[[Chariot race]] {{1st}}
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[[Category:Animated Series episodes]]

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"Roman Holiday"
Series

Back to the Future: The Animated Series

Season

1

Episode

5 (5 in series)

Writer(s)

Mark Klastorin, Michael Klastorin, and John Ludin

Director

Phil Robinson

Airdate

October 19, 1991

Episode chronology
Previous episode

"Witchcraft"

Next episode

"Go Fly a Kite"

"Roman Holiday" (also known as "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot Race") is the fifth episode of the first season of Back to the Future: The Animated Series, and the fifth episode overall. It first aired on October 19, 1991.

Its original planned airdate of October 12 was preempted due to the Clarence Thomas hearings.

The third issue of Harvey's Back to the Future comic book is an adaptation of this episode.


Brief synopsisEdit

With Marty as company, Doc heads to Rome in 36 A.D. to return architectural plans that he had borrowed for study. Jules and Verne overhear their father talk about the arcades and stow away in the DeLorean time machine to play the Roman "video games" (the boys have been punished and is not allowed to leave the house because they misuse their father's latest invention - a holographic device). Once there, Marty insults Bifficus Antanneny, a very popular athlete, who challenges him to a chariot race. Doc is mistaken for a rebellious slave and is going to be thrown to the lions. The boys run amok in Ancient Rome and end up meeting Judah, a slave, who helps them get out of trouble. In the end, Marty purposefully loses the race, because the popularity of Bifficus is critical to the rise of Caligula as Emperor of Rome, which Doc points out to be a key event toward the eventual downfall of the Empire. Doc uses his holographic device to avoid becoming lion chow and the boys help Judah escape to become a free man.
Jules in Ancient Rome

Jules, wearing his Roman toga.

Verne in Ancient Rome

Verne, holding out a statue's "arm" to trip a guard.

PlotEdit

Behind the scenesEdit

  • When Marty first tries to talk to the locals, they can't understand each other. They're speaking in Latin, until Doc provides a translation device for the benefit of Marty (the audience benefits as well). It may be the first time in a cartoon that ancient Romans are portrayed as speaking in their native language.
  • The comic book issue Back to the Future 3 is an adaptation of this episode.
  • In the question and answer session at USC, Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale discussed their view of time travel. "You travel through time, you don't travel through space," Zemeckis noted, "and most of your time travel movies make that fatal mistake. You're in California, and you travel back to ancient Rome. How did you get to Rome, if you're in this longitude and latitude?" In this episode of the animated series, of course, the DeLorean indeed does travel from California to ancient Rome. It should be noted, of course, that in order to sustain a weekly series, particularly for a cartoon, the characters would need to travel to other locations besides California.
  • History records that Caligula became the Emperor of Rome in 37 A.D., the year after the Brown family's visit.
  • Bifficus refers to Marty as "tuum de gluteus maximus" and then as "unus pullus", two insults that the translating device doesn't immediately recognize, but then spells out.
  • Bifficus has a run-in with waste material, in another instance of a Tannen crashing into manure.
  • In order to keep Bifficus from losing the chariot race, Doc equipped Marty's chariot with a "drag chute". In the live segment, the science experiment is from the video encyclopedia, section "D" for "drag", and Doc and Bill Nye show how a drag chute slows down a toy car.

ErrorsEdit

  • After refusing to enter the chariot race, Marty reacts to being called "chicken" by Bifficus and eventually enters the race. However, at the end of Back to the Future Part III, Marty had actually learnt a very important lesson about self-control after his showdown with Mad Dog Tannen in 1885.

QuotesEdit

(Marty knocks down a stack of electronic equipment in a crash)

Marty: "Man, I'm sorry Doc, I ruined your latest invention!"
Doc: "What invention? This is the trash."
Bifficus: "Kneel, simpleton, and bow your head unless you wish to lose it."
Marty: "Is there a Tannen in every century?"
"Purgamentum! Odi purgamentum! [Filth! I hate filth!]"
—Bifficus, after falling into waste matter
Doc: "And now, boys, it's time to go..."
Jules and Verne: ""...back to the future!!""
Doc: "No, back to town. I have to return these scrolls."

(After Judah reveals his name to Marty and leaves with the chariot)

Marty: "Ben-Hur? Doc, that's..."
Doc: "I know, Marty."
Marty: "{{{5}}}"
Doc: "{{{6}}}"
— {{{7}}}

AppearancesEdit

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Characters

Creatures

Locations

  • Rome (First appearance)

Organizations and titles

Miscellanea

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