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|Son of Flubber|
Actors: Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, Tommy Kirk, Ed Wynn
Director: Robert Stevenson
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Medfield's lovable but hopelessly absent-minded professor -- Ned Brainard (Fred MacMurray) -- bounces back in this classic Disney film with hilarious new mishaps when he experiments with the amazing by-products of his star... more »
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Very Disapointing DVD Release
Family Movie Critic | 04/13/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you loved Disney's "The Absent Minded Professor," than you will love "Son Of Flubber." While this sequel isn't better than the first, it is a good companion to it. I have found the kids under age 9 get bored with this movie, probably because it is in black and white. This film follows the same safe formula used in the first film, but there is something fresh and new about it that sets it apart from it's predecessor. The storyline is that Professor Branard's invention of Flubber has been confiscated by the government, leaving him and his wife pennyless. By using Flubber gas, he is able to make a gun that can control the weather, however it dosen't work according to plan. After a fight, his wife leaves him. Without funding, Medfield College will have to shut down. So when his invention gets him into trounle with the law, he tries to save the college and his marriage by helping the football team win their last game.This DVD release is very disapointing. Disney has restored the picture so that it looks almost as good as it did when the film came out, but they released it in fullscreen. This is the kind of film that needs to be viewed in it's original widescreen aspect ratio, because there are a lot of newspaper articles and you miss somw of the headlines. It is real frustrating trying to figure out what it says. The special feature is a photo gallery which includes original promotional material, behind the scenes photos, and advertisements for toys."Son of Flubber" is sutible for the whole family, but it dosen't have enough to keep the little ones interested."
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Liz | Springfield, MO USA | 06/23/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While Son of Flubber hasn't achieved the same status as a classic that it's predecessor has, it's got the same charm and lighthearted fun.
Fred MacMurray and the rest of the cast return and deliver. The characters have continued to grow, and the actors are very comfortable and convincing in them.
Professor Ned Brainard captures your sympathies even as you laugh your way through his struggles.
The script for this movie lives up to the original, and doesn't fail to entertain."
"Ya might call it Dry Rain."
Ghenghis | Monvolia | 07/25/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Quick, what is the only Disney movie in which you will hear the phrase "bolluxed up?" haw haw Never saw that one coming.
Flubber becomes a victim of "national security" and our hero Ned Brainerd (MacMurray) returns home empty handed from our nation's capital to find creditors threatening to cancel his newspaper subscription, predators threatening to bulldoze Medfield College, the IRS threatening to ruin his life, and his wife (Nancy Olsen) looking like a million bucks in her new mink coat while holding a check for same for something poor Ned doesnt own anymore and cant sell so that we can all enjoy the wonders of Flubberoleum and can safely drop our children on the floor without the fear of being locked up by Social Services. A very frustrating start to the terrific sequel to Absent Minded Professor, all adding to the frenection of MacMurray, who must now invent something entirely new so that he can save Medfield, his home, and his marriage from the slimey advances of Prof. Shelby Ashton (Elliot Reid) and the return of luscious old flame Desiree de la Roche (Joanna Moore).
All the usual suspects are here from Disney's vast arsenal of character actors to keep us entertained while Ned goes about inventing a weathermaking glassbreaking foodgrowing machine. The Halloween chase scene with Prof. Brainerd terrorizing Shelby Ashton from above with his new rainmaking device is one of the funniest in Disney history. And of course we're treated to another Medfield sports showdown vs. national champs Rutland in a gridiron matchup where Flubber becomes the great equalizer. ROTFL!
However, Disney gets no props for this DVD release. The retail case proudly proclaims on the cover "The Original Black & White Classic." Well, except for one thing...the original theatrical release was in 1.75 widescreen, not pan and scan like this version. Why would Disney do this you ask? That's a good question. When you have the answer to that mystery, maybe you can explain to me why they likewise released Absent Minded Professor in a "colorized full screen" edition 9 months before they released the original widescreen B&W print on DVD. However, they did a superb job remastering this print cause the video is top notch, and you won't mind the Dolby mono, but there are sadly no extras on this disc to speak of unless you're the type that gets excited about a photo gallery and ads for other Disney films. A Five Star film loses a point for bad execution by idiot Disney execs. 4 Turnips"
Bennet Pomerantz | Seabrook, Maryland | 02/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Fred MacMurray portrays the role of Professor Ned Brainerd, the Absent Minded Professor, again.
Brainerd refines his flubber into flubber gas. As in the Absent Minded Professor which had a flubbered Basketball game, this time there is a sport game of football.
Alonzo P. Hawk (Keenan Wynn), Disney's greatest live action villian, is back with his snake oil evilness aplome. Tommy Kirk reprised his role as Biff Hawk, the professor's friend and Hawk's son. Nancy Olson also returns as Brainerd's supportive wife Betsy.
Paul Lynde makes an appearance as the sportcaster, showcasing an early Uncle Arthur from Bewitched laugh in his scenes. Ed Wynn, Keenan's father, cameos in this film as a state officer
If you are fan of Classic Disney work, this is one of the best Disney comedy. If you are looking for more than its one joke premious than it has, dont watch this. I like this simple comedy, so it is worth my time-I hope it will be yours too
Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD"