The Absent-Minded Professor
by Beth Rowen
The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)
Of all the films British director Robert Stevenson helmed for Disney in the 1960s, Mary Poppins and The Absent-Minded Professor endure as the most fun and memorable. Fred MacMurray nails his role as the titular bumbling professor who can't seem to remember his own wedding but has the presence of mind to invent flying rubber, or flubber as he calls it. He uses the gooey substance to help propel his college basketball team to a crucial win and to prolong the life of the family jalopy. The film was remade in 1997, starring Robin Williams. Stick to the original for plenty of slapstick and good-natured laughs. Son of Flubber followed in 1963.
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