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Flubber (1997)

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An absent-minded professor discovers "flubber," a rubber-like super-bouncy substance.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Sara Jean Reynolds
Wilson Croft
Chester Hoenicker (as Raymond Barry)
Bennett Hoenicker
Martha George
Weebo (voice)
Benjamin Brock ...
Window Boy
Zack Zeigler ...
Teenage Boy
Coach Willy Barker (as Samuel Lloyd)


Professor Phillip Brainard, an absent-minded professor, works with his assistant Weebo, trying to create a substance that's a new source of energy and that will save Medfield College where his sweetheart Sara is the president. He has missed his wedding twice, and on the afternoon of his third wedding, Professor Brainard creates flubber, which allows objects to fly through the air. It looks like rubber, so he calls it flubber. This film is based on the 1961 Disney classic, "The Absent-Minded Professor. Written by Anonymous

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What is flubber? See more »


Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for slapstick action and mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 November 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Absent Minded Professor  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$35,892,031 (USA) (28 November 1997)


£10,728,868 (UK) (8 May 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Early in pre-production, Steven Spielberg considered Producing this movie. When Professor Brainard takes Sarah for a ride in the T-Bird, he flies through a cloud in front of the moon. As the cloud disperses you can see an obvious reference to E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), which was directed by Steven Spielberg. See more »


When we first encounter Sara, she is wearing an engagement AND a wedding ring while talking about her wedding later in the day. The rings disappear in later scenes. See more »


Rutland Coach: Hey, are you blind? They're doin' something illegal out there.
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Written by Jean-Paul DeCoster, Phil Wilde, and Simon Harris
Performed by 2 Unlimited
Courtesy of Radikal/Critique Records
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Flubber, the get together, family film.
21 October 2013 | by (London) – See all my reviews

When I saw the reviews for this film, I was expecting something very poorly made and bad quality. True, for an adult without a kid it isn't ideal, but why buy a film if it has a cover like this when you're not a child any more? Everywhere online it says this is a great kids flick, for families and more. If you're like me and read reviews before buying or renting a film, then you'd know not to get it.

Getting to what the movie is like, these aren't the best graphics, but what do you expect in an 1997 film? The Flubber, Weebo etc. are already neatly done, which I find quite impressive for a film made at that time.

The humor in this may not be the jokes, but not all kids understand certain types of joke, so in the film they just went for the classic 'Bad Guys Whacked In The Face' type. There is no gore or extreme violence in this, everything has a light-hearted touch to it and the flubber truly seems fun to play with.

Robin does do a good job as the professor, making many wacky inventions and always forgetting. Weebo played by Jodi, continues to be the kind, thoughtful person - or in this case computer - that she is when she plays Ariel in the little mermaid.

Overrall it's a pretty good film, not ideal for adults but then why get a kids film?

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