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Son of Flubber
     

Son of Flubber

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Director: Robert Stevenson

Cast: Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn

 

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Son of Flubber represented the first time that Walt Disney ever attempted a theatrical feature sequel: in this case, the earlier film was the 1961 moneyspinner The Absent-Minded Professor. While Flubber is more formula-bound than Professor, it proved an instant audience-pleaser, and a hit to the tune of nine million dollars. Fred MacMurray

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Son of Flubber represented the first time that Walt Disney ever attempted a theatrical feature sequel: in this case, the earlier film was the 1961 moneyspinner The Absent-Minded Professor. While Flubber is more formula-bound than Professor, it proved an instant audience-pleaser, and a hit to the tune of nine million dollars. Fred MacMurray returns as professor Ned Brainerd, currently working on his new discovery, "dry rain." The comically destructive side effects of this discovery seemingly doom the professor to failure -- at least until the closing courtroom sequence -- but meanwhile he has better luck with Flubbergas, a byproduct of the antigravity glop he'd invented in the first film. In addition to MacMurray, Absent-Minded Professor alumni Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, Tommy Kirk, Leon Ames, Elliott Reid, Alan Carney, Gordon Jones, Forrest Lewis, and James Westerfield reprise their roles from the earlier film, while Ed Wynn shows up in a new guise as a nervous agricultural agent.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
If not quite as good as its progenitor (The Absent-Minded Professor), the always amiable Son of Flubber is still very enjoyable family fun. Son's only real problem is in the screenplay. It's not bad, but it is a bit padded. In some films, padding becomes plodding; that's not the case here, as director Robert Stevenson keeps the pace moving along very nicely. However, the padding is necessitated by a plot that -- as laid out here -- comes across as a bit too thin. In fact, it needn't come across that way. The essential conflict, of Medfield College desperately needing a money-making scheme to save it from imminent destruction, is actually strong enough to work. But the writers don't hang the "tangents" onto that plot in a convincing way. Fortunately, none of this matters too much, as the tangents themselves are entertaining, if a bit formulaic; the "Flubber"-inspired products, and especially the ad for "Flubberoleum," are especially noteworthy. Of equal importance is the very agreeable cast, led by the eternally paternal Fred MacMurray. MacMurray is having a good deal of fun here, and it's contagious. He's well matched by the spunky Nancy Olson, the spirited Tommy Kirk, and the sleazy Keenan Wynn, plus a host of good character actors such as Leon Ames, William Demarest, and Charlie Ruggles. All this good company makes Son of Flubber a very pleasant diversion.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/02/1997
UPC:
0786936047752
Original Release:
1963
Rating:
NR
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred MacMurray Prof. Ned Brainard
Nancy Olson Betsy Brainard
Keenan Wynn Alonzo Hawk
Tommy Kirk Biff Hawk
Charlie Ruggles Judge Murdock
Leon Ames President Rufus Daggett
Ken Murray Mr. Hurley
William Demarest Mr. Hummel
Paul Lynde Sportscaster
Elliott Reid Shelby Ashton
Bob Sweeney Mr. Harker
Joanna Moore Desiree de la Roche
Edward Andrews Defense Secretary
James Westerfield Officer Hanson
Alan Carney Referee
Stuart Erwin Coach Wilson
Forrest Lewis Officer Kelly
Alan Hewitt Prosecutor
Leon Tyler Humphrey Harker
Jack Albertson Mr. Barley
Eddie Ryder Mr. Osborne
Harriet MacGibbon Edna Daggett
Wally Boag Father
Lindy Davis Newsboy Joey Marriano,1st Hobgoblin
Norman Grabowski Rutland Football Player No. 33
Darby Hinton Hobgoblin
Henry Hunter Admiral
Harvey Korman Actor
Dal McKennon Juror
Belle Montrose Mother in Commercial
Burt Mustin 1st Bailiff
William H. O'Brien Attendant
J. Pat O'Malley Sign Painter
Jack Rice Actor
Robert Shayne Assistant to Defense Secretary
Hal Smith Bartender
Lee Giroux Newscaster
Hope Sansberry Secretary
Mari Lynn Couple in Commercial
Brad Morrow Football Player
Joe Flynn Announcer in TV Commercial
Byron Foulger Proprietor
Gordon Jones Rutland Coach
Beverly Wills Mother
Ned Wynn Rutland Student Manager

Technical Credits
Robert Stevenson Director
George Bruns Score Composer
Carroll Clark Art Director
Edward Colman Cinematographer
Robert O. Cook Sound/Sound Designer
Don DaGradi Screenwriter
Walt Disney Producer
Peter Ellenshaw Special Effects
Hal G. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Emile Kuri Set Decoration/Design
Eustace Lycett Special Effects
Robert Mattey Special Effects
Joseph L. McEveety Asst. Director
Pat McNalley Makeup
Ron Miller Associate Producer
Bill Runtke Art Director
Dean Thomas Sound/Sound Designer
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
William Tuntke Art Director
Bill Walsh Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Cotton Warburton Editor

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Son of Flubber 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After I watched ''The Absent-Minded Professor,'' I felt I just had to see the sequal. All in all I thought it was not bad-- the rain in the car and the flying football game were a couple highlights. However, the arguments between Ned and Betsey brought it down. As I said, not a bad movie, and definately a movie to remember. Even though I still think ''The Absent-Minded Professor'' is better.