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Young Einstein is an intentionally inaccurate portrayal of Albert Einstein as the son of an apple farmer in Tasmania in the early 1900s. In this movie, Einstein splits a beer atom (with a chisel) in order to add bubbles to beer, discovers the theory of relativity and travels to Sydney to patent it. Here he invents the electric guitar and surfing, while romancing an anachronistic Marie Curie. He invents rock and roll and uses it to save the world from being destroyed due to misuse of a nuclear reactor under the watching eye of a typically inaccurate Charles Darwin.
- Affectionate Parody: Of Albert Einstein, Marie Curie and Charles Darwin.
- And pretty much every other historical personage named in the film (including Sir Isaac Newton, in the self-referentially titled book Young Newton).
- Alternate Universe
- Applied Phlebotinum: The energy from splitting Beerium Atoms.
- Land Down Under
- Leitmotif: Albert's is 'Waltzing Matilda', Marie's is a Parisian sounding accordion ditty.
- Our Lawyers Advised This Trope: "The characters depicted in this photoplay are fictitious, although the names of certain historical persons were used."
- Unobtanium: Beerium
- X-Ray Sparks: While draining the energy off the 'atomic' bomb with his electric guitar.
Don't worry, Marie! They're only electrons!