The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)

Genres - Children's/Family, Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Fantasy Comedy, Slapstick  |   Release Date - Mar 16, 1961 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 97 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - G
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One of Disney's most entertaining forays into live-action, this hit family comedy stars Fred MacMurray as a college professor so forgetful that he missed his own wedding twice. He creates an extremely resilient flying rubber, dubbed "Flubber," and manages to make his old Model-T bounce all the way to Washington, DC, where it is mistaken for a UFO, as well as helping the college basketball team win the big game with Flubber-powered sneakers. MacMurray is a lot of fun in the title role, ably supported by a cast including Tommy Kirk, Keenan Wynn and Leon Ames, although the central romance between MacMurray and huffy bride-to-be Nancy Olson gets a bit annoying in its repetitiveness. In all, however, this is one of the best children's films of the '60s, and is highly recommended. A sequel, Son of Flubber, followed, with a remake simply titled Flubber appearing in 1997.

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basketball, car, antigravity, inventor, professor, wedding, argument, formula, sports, secrets

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High Historical Importance