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At the height of the film's popularity, "Time" Magazine printed the Disney Special Effects Department's recipe for Flubber, as used in the movie. It read as follows: "To one pound of salt water taffy add one heaping tablespoon polyurethane foam, one cake crumbled yeast. Mix till smooth, allow to rise. Then pour into saucepan over one cup cracked rice with one cup water. Add topping of molasses. Boil till lid lifts and says 'Qurlp'." It is not recorded whether this also carried the standard warning "do not try this at home".
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The fifth most commercially successful movie at the US domestic box office in 1961, grossing $25,381,407 (the most successful being, by a wide margin, another Disney classic, 101 Dalmatians (1961) at $153 million.
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Three generations of the Wynn family act in this film: Ed Wynn; his son Keenan Wynn; and Keenan's son, Ned Wynn.
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The song "Medfield Fight Song" was written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, the first of many they would write for Disney.
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Film debut for Belle Montrose as Mrs. Chatsworth. She had been a Vaudeville star, teamed with Billy Allen. They were the parents of Steve Allen.
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The car is a 1915 Ford Model T. The Model T (with design changes) was in production from 1908 until 1927 and sold 16.5M cars.
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While the Ford Model T in the film was a real car, the flying version was a model built out of wood and papier-mâché.
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Ed Wynn's appearance as the fire chief is an homage to his famous stage, film, and radio character.
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Most of the cars in the film are Ford (or their subsidiary Mercury) automobiles. Co-star Leon Ames owned several Ford automobile dealerships in the Los Angeles area in 1961 when the film was made. One was on Vermont near Beverly Blvd., Studio City, Torrance, Encino, and Redondo Beach. Another Leon Ames Ford dealership was in northern California in the city of San Rafael. Ames likely provided the cars.
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies.
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Mel Blanc: The legendary voice actor plays one of the firemen.
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Alonzo Hawk's $15,000 bet on the Medfield/Rutland game was substantial--adjusted for inflation, the same bet in December of 2018 would have cost him $124,089.26.
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Keenan Wynn's character Alonzo Hawk would return in another Disney movie: "Herbie Rides Again" in 1974.
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