Friday, January 9, 2009

The Absent-Minded Professor

Robert Stevenson, 1961, bw (7.3*)
One of the better live-action Disney films, with very good special effects for the time, this is actually a science fiction story disguised as a fantasy. Fred McMurray, a forgetful Professor Brainard, invents a gravity repellent rubber substance, which he calls “flubber” for flying rubber. He first bounces around on his shoes, jumping about 20 feet high, then realized it can power his car and he gets the old Model T flying - here’s your lasting image of the film and the dvd cover. Finally he applies it practically to the basketball team; suddenly the government takes notice. Fun for kids and adults as everyone wants to fly.


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