The Absent-Minded Professor Reviews
September 5, 2010
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.
November 7, 2006
Pretty darn good movie.
February 16, 2010
Wacky and unforgettable. Ned Brainard creates one of the coolest movie inventions ever, flubber! You're looking at one of the best live-action Disney features and one of the best Disney films period. (First full viewing - Summer 2009)
August 8, 2008
h I really loved this movie if I can find it or it comes on TV and I have a tape or a dvd I would tape it Its a great movie
April 29, 2008
Is this the original flubber. I didn't know there was an original. And that Flubber was a remake. Interesting
April 18, 2007
NO!!! go see the remake with robin williams, he alone makes it so much better, besides, the flubber on that one is way cooler
October 4, 2006
One of my childhood favorites-If I'd only had Flubber on my shoes when I played basketball...............
November 23, 2014
***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***
July 8, 2014
Back in the 1960s, Walt Disney had produced some interesting films of a creative nature. One of these being the 1961 comedy "The Absent-Minded Professor". Despite being over 50 years old, the film is still good after all these years. However, there are a few things that do not work which need to be discussed. "The Absent-Minded Professor" is a unique family film that brings to mind the originality of the Walt Disney Company.
The story is that Prof. Ned Brainard (Fred MacMurray) has invented a new type of energy that could change the world as we know it. He creates a substance that is he classifies as flying rubber, or flubber as he puts it. This ultimately costs Brainard his fiancee Betsy (Nancy Olsen) to break up with him after he misses their wedding for the third time. Brainard tries to explain flubber to Betsy, as well as the United States government, but they won't listen. So it's up to Brainard to demonstrate to the world and to Betsy, the positive effects of what flubber can do.
"The Absent-Minded Professor" is an entertaining movie for the whole family to enjoy. Fred MacMurray does a great job as our main character. Everyone else does a good job as well Even Keenan Wynn who plays the bad guy does a great job. The music fits the college setting fine, and and there's a lot of energy (no pun intended0 that this movie offers. Having the movie being filmed in black and white shows off some great cinematography; a much better choice than color. Yet out of all things considered, it's the special effects that are the most remembered. For the time, these effects were and still are pretty amazing. Take the basketball game where acrobatics are heavily used to pull off most of the stunts. Yeah, it may look cheesy by today's standards, but this was before the age of computers.
With that being said, there are some problems that downgrade the movie. The character of Betsy totally changes character near the end of the film. The reason for this is that throughout the picture, she hates Brainard, yet here she shows compassion towards him. The story is a little hokey, but it's enjoyable to say the least, and some of the jokes are hit and miss. And finally, the movie does have a slow start, but once it gets going, it's pretty fun.
"The Absent-Minded Professor" is a unique and original production, despite a few flaws that hinder the movie, yet it is still enjoyable enough from Walt Disney.
October 29, 2013
This Disney classic is very enjoyable.
September 22, 2013
Another of my childhood favourites, I found this by mistake, and thoroughly enjoyed every second. This is a fine Disney film, before they started making awful rubbish like the Tinkerbell film.
April 20, 2012
I saw this so long ago... don't really remember it. I do remember it being sorta boring and over the top. I don't know.
March 29, 2012
An imaginative and charming offering whose hit-and-miss special effects are overshadowed by the energetic and enduring performance of Fred MacMurray.
Remade as 'Flubber' in 1997 starring Robin Williams.
January 30, 2011
Just finished watching one of my favorite childhood movies. At the end, Andy said, "Ohhhh, it's finally over!"
August 28, 2010
The Hazards of the Academic Mind
Okay, let's start here. This film was nominated for three Oscars. Three. Wrap your brain around that one for a moment, then consider that, unlike your standard Disney movie, it didn't get a single nomination in a category involving music. No, up there with [i]Judgment at Nuremberg[/i] and [i]La Dolce Vita[/i], and losing to [i]The Hustler[/i] in both Black and White Art Direction and Black and White Cinematography, there is [i]The Absent-Minded Professor[/i]. I'm even more curious about its special effects nomination, however. Not that it was nominated; of the three, this is the one which makes the most sense to me. What puzzles me, though, is that it lost to [i]Guns of Navarone[/i]. Now, I haven't seen [i]Guns of Navarone[/i], given I'm not a huge war movie fan. It's in my Netflix queue, but I'm not in any huge hurry to get to it. But maybe one of you know and can fill me in on it--does it [i]have[/i] special effects?
Fred MacMurray is in Affable Mode as Professor Ned Brainard. As the movie begins, he is supposed to go off that evening and marry Betsy Carlisle (Nancy Olson). This will be their third wedding, though they still aren't married, because he hasn't made it to the ceremony. He loses track of time performing strange chemistry experiments, and this time is no exception. Now, I think he really needs to emphasize the "and it exploded" aspect a bit more, because explosions are pretty good excuses for things, but anyway. In the aftermath of the experiment, he discovers that he has created a [technobabble] which violates thermodynamics by producing more energy than it put in. Since it's vaguely rubbery and bounces really high, he calls it Flubber, or "flying rubber." He uses it to thwart the fiendish Alonzo Hawk (Keenan Wynn, whose father Ed appears as the fire chief and whose son Ned is some kid), woo back Betsy from the smarmy Professor Shelby Ashton (Elliott Reed), and come to the aid of his college basketball team and his country.
The thing is, I have always had a great deal of sympathy for Ned and not as much as I'm supposed to for Betsy. Yes, it must be awfully frustrating for her, but she is in love with an academic. And we're not talking Professor Ashton, who really seems to be in it to pick up chicks with Shakespeare. (I really hate how English professors tend to get shown in movies!) We're talking a die-hard, one of those academics who assumes that everyone knows their technobabble, because they're using perfectly simple language. The idea of "jargon" is not one which fits into their brains. We are, yes, talking about a man who forgets his own wedding three times, but would you leave his housekeeper in charge of getting him to the third one? Given that she's apparently not invited herself and goes off humming while he's still puttering around in his lab? No. You put an actual human in charge of making sure he's out of the lab, dressed, and ready to go. That she didn't means she still doesn't really know him.
This is early in the Disney live action feature-length tradition. It's our introduction to Medfield College. "Scrappy" Tommy Kirk, as IMDB has apparently dubbed him, was a boy of twenty, still young enough to look goofy, not just unattractive. However, everyone is in their place. Disney does rather have its format, or did in the Good Old Days, and it worked. I think this is probably because they put the effort into making sure the formula was done well. With the newer stuff, it's missing the charm. I am trying, now, to figure out what put that charm into the movies in the first place, since most of them are arguably not very good. (A few of them just aren't under much of anyone's standards, but we're going to ignore those for now.) I think it's the casting, but on the other hand, that can't be it. I mean, Fred MacMurray was a fine actor, capable of a wide range of roles--it was less than twenty years earlier that he coughed his last in a hallway. But Michael Keaton's no slouch.
While on the one hand, they got the academic nature of Professor Brainard down, they really fell down on making Betsy believable. She's in a flying Model-T on her way to present Flubber to a government which doesn't know what it's in for, and she's fretting about the set of her hair. Which doesn't look any different from how it did when they took off. While, yes, there are women who think that way, it doesn't fit in with the details we know about the rest of her life. Remember, she and Professor Brainard are coworkers. She is the secretary to College President Rufus Daggett (Leon Ames). No, she doesn't need the educational level of either of her suitors, but she does need to know how to interact with intellectuals. She probably has at least a BA in her own right. What's more, I don't see any sign of that abject girliness in her behaviour earlier in the movie. It simply doesn't work for me that she'd be fretting over what she's wearing while she's having antiaircraft guns fired at her.
July 11, 2010
Sums up the spirit of Disney magic.
April 6, 2010
Another great Fred MacMurray film. Another one of my childhood favorites, but this one is a bit smarter. It was before my time and it just a bit outdated, but I still love sitting down and watching it today. The possibilites are endless, and the acting is superb. It's still great nearly 50 years later.
October 23, 2009
funny for its day i suppose; boring actually. even though i grew up with the film and Disneyland hoopla, it remains a pretty flat piece of comedy.
March 7, 2009
:fresh: [CENTER]A great Disney classic film.[/CENTER]
January 25, 2009
[FONT=][FONT=Arial]The Absent-Minded Professor is a good film. It's funny and all kinds of stuff so get the original Absent-Minded Professor 1 and 2 (Son of Flubb[/FONT]er) on DVD.