Bill and Ted’s Fake Trip Originally Ended With a Killer Easter Bunny

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THE URBAN LEGEND OF THE FILM: Bill and Ted’s fake trip originally had a drastically different ending involving a giant demonic Easter Bunny.

The Original Bill & Ted Movie, 1989 Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, starred Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves as the titular Bill and Ted, who are in danger of failing the story (and if that happens, Ted’s father plans to send him to military school under the direction of Colonel Oats). Luckily, through the use of a time machine and an excellent time adventure, they end up pulling off such an amazing story project that they easily pull it off. At the end of the film, they find out what we knew all along, that the mysterious Rufus (George Carlin) who sent them on this journey through time via a time machine in the form of a telephone booth (a time cabin, as they were) was doing it specifically to maintain its idyllic future, a future that hinged on Bill and Ted sticking together and forming a rock band that would change the world.


In 1991, Bill and Ted’s fake trip has been freed, and this time, instead of traveling through time, Bill and Ted are instead dealing with death itself! Or, well, death itself, at least. A citizen of the future who hates that society was built around these two bridgeheads goes back in time to ruin everything. He shows up with evil robotic versions of Bill and Ted and they kill the real Bill and Ted, and the pair end up in Hell (after first trying to escape Death when Death offers to play them in a game for their lives, a la the chess game the knight has with death in the classic movie, The seventh seal).


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WHY IS THERE AN EASTER BUNNY IN HELL?

In Hell, Bill and Ted individually (and then Bill and Ted together) face the possible eternal punishments they will receive in Hell. For Bill, it’s his grandmother. When he was little, his grandmother scared him, but because she wanted a kiss, his family forced him to kiss her even though it disgusted and traumatized him. For Ted, it was stealing his brother’s Easter basket when they were little. The Easter Basket Torment is personified by a demonic Easter Bunny voiced by the brilliant Frank Welker…


Together, the pair are also tormented by Colonel Oats (as Ted’s father, who had agreed not to send Ted to military school after Bill and Ted passed their history project, remarked to Ted that military school was always a possibility). Oats was played by the great actor, Chelcie Ross (perhaps best known as Rudy’s coach and as a veteran Major League pitcher. Ross actually served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and received a bronze star)…

Eventually Bill and Ted escape hell by accepting Death’s offer to play them in a game, only they surprise him by challenging him to a series of modern games like Battleship and Twister and they repeatedly defeat him and he finally allows them to return to live. They team up with good robot versions of Bill and Ted who defeat the evil versions of Bill and Ted and eventually they travel back in time to learn how to switch and use that knowledge to broadcast their Battle of the Dead to the world live. Bands-winning performance.


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WHAT WAS THE ORIGINAL END OF BILL & TED’S FALSE JOURNEY?

First of all, Bill and Ted weren’t so easily done with their versions of hell. You see, in the beginning, their worst nightmares (the Easter Bunny, Colonel Oats, and Bill’s Grandma) followed them from hell and confronted them in the real world. The Easter bunny was now very big and Bill’s grandmother looked quite demonic. The scenes made their way into the trading card game for the movie…

In Evan Dorkin’s comic book adaptation of the film (based on the original screenplay), he drew an exceptional scene featuring the three demons…


Things are really bad for Bill and Ted. The Easter Bunny is THREAT!

In the end, they realize they just have to face their fears and Bill just has to hug his grandma and Ted has to call his brother and apologize…

They then “kill” Colonel Oats with kindness and it beats him as well, as he realizes it’s cruel to hide his own insecurities.

The ending then originally involved Bill and Ted sending their good robots to save the babies, but they apparently got away. Then, Bill and Ted are killed again by the evil robots Bill and Ted…

But you see, since they’ve beaten Death so many times, that means he owes them a few more resurrections, so he brings them back to life and they decapitate their evil robot doubles…

This, too, made its way into the trading card game for the movie…

Then it turns out that the right robots had raced around the world to build enough momentum to crash into a wall and save Bill and Ted’s fiancées…

This ending just didn’t test well, so the filmmakers threw together the ending that’s in the actual movie.

Man, Evan Dorkin is awesome, right?

The legend is…

STATUS: True

Thanks to my friend, Loren Collins, for suggesting this one a while ago (I’d rather not admit HOW long “a moment” is). And thanks to the awesome Bill and Ted fan site that featured the images above, it’s now sadly gone, otherwise I’d be sending people over there to check it all out.

Be sure to check out my Movie Legends Revealed archive for more urban legends from the movie world.

Feel free to (hell, please!) write in with your suggestions for future installments! My email address is bcronin@legendsrevealed.com.

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