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Temporal Anomalies

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Quick Jumps

Welcome to Yesterday
Mr. Peabody and Sherman
X-Men:  Days of Future Past
Edge of Tomorrow
Next Analysis

Miscellaneous Articles
in original publication sequence except for indices inserted at correct points in the historic flow

    Addendum to Terminator
    Terminator 3:  Rise of the Machines
    Terminator Recap
    Terminator Salvation
    Terminator Genisys
    Terminator:  Dark Fate
Back To The Future
Back To The Future II
Back To The Future III
Star Trek Introduction
    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
    Star Trek: Generations
    Star Trek: First Contact
    Star Trek (2009)
12 Monkeys
    Addendum to 12 Monkeys
Flight Of The Navigator
  Flight Of The Navigator Addendum
Army of Darkness
Lost In Space
Peggy Sue Got Married
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
Planet of the Apes
Kate and Leopold
Somewhere In Time
The Time Machine
Minority Report
Happy Accidents
The Final Countdown
Donnie Darko
  S. Darko
Harry Potter and
    the Prisoner of Azkaban

Deja Vu
    Primer Questions
Bender's Big Score
Popular Christmas Movies
The Butterfly Effect
  The Butterfly Effect 2
  The Butterfly Effect 3:  Revelations
The Last Mimzy
The Lake House
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Hot Tub Time Machine
Los Cronocrimines a.k.a. TimeCrimes
A Sound of Thundrer
Frequently Asked Questions
    About Time Travel

Source Code
Blackadder Back & Forth
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
11 Minutes Ago
Men in Black III
La Jetée
Midnight in Paris
Meet the Robinsons
H. G. Wells' The Time Machine
The Jacket
Safety Not Guaranteed
The Philadelphia Experiment
    The Philadelphia Experiment II
Time After Time
About Time
Free Birds
X-Men:  Days of Future Past
Edge of Tomorrow
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Project Almanac
Time Lapse
O Homem Do Futuro
    a.k.a. The Man from the Future

Abby Sen
When We First Met
See You Yesterday
The History of Time Travel
Copyright Information

The temporal anomaly terminology used here is drawn from Appendix 11:  Temporal Anomalies of Multiverser from Valdron Inc, and is illustrated on the home page of this web site.  This site is part of M. J. Young Net.

Books by the Author.

The Book

Temporal Anomalies in Time Travel Movies
Upcoming Time Travel Films, from February 2014

With an open slot one week before we began the next movie analysis, it was worth a moment to look at what was coming to the big screen.  We looked at the list of time travel works anticipated in 2014.  Many of these have since been analyzed.

Welcome to Yesterday

Not much has been said about Welcome to Yesterday, but the trailer is out.  It revolves around some teenagers who find the plans for a time machine and build one.  At first they make things better, but then (with something of a butterfly effect element) they become aware of disasters that happened in the altered histories.  None of the names leap out.  It hits theatres February 28th.

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Mr. Peabody and Sherman

A week later, March 7th, Mr. Peabody & Sherman make their big screen debut in the self-titled film.  The remarkable dog is made the more remarkable, including Olympic medalist and business titan, and he and his adopted boy Sherman take a tour of the past, only to find they've made a mistake and have to fix it.  So we have a bit of Back to the Future in an animated movie with a PG rating.  The voice talent includes Stanley Tucci, Mel Brooks, and Stephen Colbert, all in supporting roles.

X-Men:  Days of Future Past

The next one on the schedule comes on May 23rd, and it's a potential blockbuster:  Marvel releases X-men:  Days of Future Past, in which Wolverine is sent to change the past in order to save the future.  It sounds like a temporal disaster in the making, but it's sure to be an entertaining one.  Many familiar names are in the cast, drawn from both the older and the more recent younger sets of characters, including Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Ian McKellen (older Magneto), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), and Halle Berry (Storm).

Edge of Tomorrow

On June 6th, Tom Cruise does a time travel film (his first if we don't count Minority Report) entitled Edge of Tomorrow.  It looks like it's a Groundhog Day/12:01 kind of thing, with a single day repeating, this one placed at the end of a war against an alien invasion.  Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton are also credited.


It is not yet entirely clear whether Interstellar is a time travel story, or simply a space travel story using a wormhole to overcome temporal distances.  We may have to await its November 7th release to find out.  It has quite a few names, headed by Matthew McConaughey and Ann Hathaway, with the respected names of Michael Caine, Ellen Burstyn, and John Lithgow in the mix.


One more film is promised for the year, but the release date has not yet been announced.  Ethan Hawke leads a cast in Predestination, another temporal police story reminiscent of Timecop (analysis currently in the works) of which little is yet known.

Next Analysis

For our part, next week we'll begin looking at the classic film Time After Time, in which Jack the Ripper steals a time machine from H. G. Wells to escape into 1979, and Wells pursues him to bring him to justice.  It's a film you'll want to see, and preferably before you've read the analysis which starts next week.

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