It was 30 years ago, when a trio of friends ditched school and had the time of their lives while wreaking havoc through the city of Chicago. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, was released on June 11, 1986, and it became a sleeper hit for John Hughes and Paramount. The quintessential teen comedy is not only the director’s best film but perhaps the best teen comedy ever made. Unlike other filmmakers who saw the world of teenagers as an excuse to exploit the adolescent obsessions with booze, drugs, and sex, Hughes was fascinated by the complex social and emotional terrain of middle-class teenage boredom. It’s no secret why the adventures of Ferris, Sloan, and Cameron are cherished by generations of cinephiles decades later. There is a degree of rebellion in Ferris and a dash of teenage angst in Cameron, but Hughes treated his characters with a degree of sympathy and good-natured humor that was largely absent from the genre prior and the end result is one of the most enjoyable comedies of all time.
Back when Ferris Bueller’s Day Off hit theaters, the Nintendo Entertainment System was the hottest thing and if you wanted a game about a group of kids wandering off on their own adventure, you had Earthbound, a funny, always poignant coming of age tale about four kids, off to save the planet by collecting melodies while en route to defeating the evil alien force known as Giygas.
If you’re not familiar with CineFix’s other 8-Bit Cinema videos, this is a great place to start. Their take on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is easily one of their best, and fans of old school games will love the adorable sprites, and the 8-bit rendition of “Twist and Shout”.
To see more 8-Bit Cinema, head over to their official YouTube channel. Enjoy!