Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure was a science-fiction
comedy released in 1988. The movie starred Keanu
Reeves as Ted "Theodore" Logan, Alex Winter as Bill S.
Preston Esquire, and George Carlin as Rufus. The
movie received mix reviews, mostly positive, and turned
out to be a success financially. Not only was it
successful enough to warrant a sequel in 1991 (Bill &
Ted's Bogus Journey), but there was an animated
series in 1990 and a live action show in 1992.
Some of you die hard fans will remember they even had
their own cereal for a short time. It is worth
mentioning that in 2012, a script was being polished for
another sequel, although at the time of this writing in
early 2014, production had not started.
In the year 2688, a Utopian society
exists based on the contributions of Bill and Ted in
1988. In fear of their existence due to a change
in history, Rufus is sent back in time to San Dimas,
California to help the two pass their history class.
If they don't, Ted's father has plans to send Ted to
military school, which would change the direction of
their future, specifically with their band, "Wyld
Stallyns", which has had the greatest influence in 2688.
Using the time traveling phone both
machine provided by Rufus, Bill and Ted get the idea to
actually travel through time and grab the actual
historical figures for their history presentation,
including Napoleon Bonaparte, Billy the Kid, Socrates,
Abraham Lincoln, Sigmund Freud, Beethoven, Genghis Kahn,
and Joan of Arc. During the chaos of getting their
act together, the historical figures manage to get into
all kinds of trouble, both in the past and in the
future. In the end, Bill and Ted manage to get
their presentation in order, and they pass their history
class (and everyone gets back to their proper time).