Celebrate Bill & Ted Day with this recently unearthed vintage promo! It’s quite strange to think that it’s been over 30 years since Keanu Reeves got his big break with the time-traveling, stoner buddy comedy Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. What began as a light comedic romp has so far generated two sequels, with a third on its way next summer.
While it’s impressive that Bill & Ted have been able to find enough of a following to grow into a franchise, the truth of the matter is that Reeves and co-star Alex Winter have managed to impart a genuine sense of virtue into the characters. Perhaps this is the reason why they’ve clicked with audiences over the years. Aside from the films, there has been a vast array of Bill & Ted merchandise since 1988, and as bumbling and clueless as the duo are, few other cinematic franchises have achieved a notable enough status to be granted their very own day. Bill & Ted Day began on June 9, 2012, and since that time, it’s grown into a celebration of excellence and being excellent to one another.
With this year’s Bill & Ted Day already well underway (as of this writing), it seems that a Twitter user (@bodaciouskeanu) has supplied all the Bill & Ted fans out there with a classic Nickelodeon interview segment from Reeves and Winter. Though the exact date of the interview is uncertain, judging by the video quality, it had to be somewhere between the release of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and its 1991 sequel, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. You can check out Bill & Ted’s Excellent Dictionary below:
Reeves and Winter are clearly in high spirits during the interview, as they explain the meaning behind the words and phrases that have drawn so many to them. The words range from “Excellent,” which is pretty self-explanatory, to the likes of “Bodacious” to an odd discrepancy over the phrase “Be excellent to each other.” While Winter falls out of his chair over the use of the phrase and later explains that he’s never quite been able to figure out what it means, Reeves does his best to explain, settling on the obvious definition: that we should be excellent to each other.
There’s never been anything complex about Bill & Ted, and in many ways, this is the exact reason why so many people love the franchise. Neither Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure nor Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey are particularly amazing films, but the following they’ve managed to achieve as a result is quite spectacular. Next summer’s Bill & Ted Face The Music may still be a year away, but after 31 years, the excellent message of being chill and taking everything in stride still remains a pretty good life lesson.
- Bill and Ted 3/Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) release date: Aug 21, 2020