The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)

The Absent-Minded Professor


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Movie Info

This Disney film tells the rollicking tale of scatter-brained Professor Brainard whose life becomes chaotic after he invents an amazing compound with anti-gravitational properties. His attempts to promote the substance gain him unwanted attention from the avaricious Alonzo Hawk, who has a special use in mind for the fabulous substance.

Rating: G
Genre: Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Bill Walsh
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 14, 2003
Buena Vista Distribution Company


as Ned Brainard

as Daggett

as Fire Chief

as Chatworth

as Defense Secretary

as Coach Elkins

as Officer Kelly

as Officer Hanson

as Referee

as Rev. Bosworth

as Gen. Hotchkiss

as Adm. Olmstead

as Gen. Poynter

as Lenny

as TV Newsman
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Critic Reviews for The Absent-Minded Professor

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (2)

Flubber provides fuel for a very funny piece of hyperbolic humor in the grand American tradition of Paul Bunyan, and Director Robert Stevenson and Scriptwriter Bill Walsh get plenty of bounce out of every ounce.

Full Review… | March 9, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

MacMurray is ideally cast as the car-hopping prof, and plays the role with warmth and gusto.

Full Review… | June 4, 2007
Top Critic

Family entertainment at its best.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Common Sense Media

This is a zanily inventive piece of work, with delightful special effects, which set the style for a long series of live-action Disney films.

Full Review… | June 4, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Disney produces a goofy lightweight Mack Sennett-like family comedy fantasy film that's joyfully directed by Robert Stevenson.

Full Review… | February 11, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This Disney family film, inexplicably made in black-and-white, was nominated for three Oscars (cinematography, art direction, and visual effects), but won none, though it was popular at the box-office.

Full Review… | July 22, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Absent-Minded Professor

I liked this movie a lot compared to the remake with Robin Williams. This movie is cool, funny, and exciting. I really liked it and I recommend it over the new one.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

Pretty darn good movie.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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