Unidentified Flying Oddball

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Unidentified Flying Oddball
Unidentified Flying Oddball poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Russ Mayberry
Produced by Hugh Attwooll
Ron W. Miller
Written by Mark Twain (novel)
Don Tait (screen story)
Starring Dennis Dugan
Jim Dale
Ron Moody
Kenneth More
John Le Mesurier
Music by Ron Goodwin
Cinematography Paul Beeson
Edited by Peter Boita
Production
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Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution
Release dates July 26, 1979
Language English

Unidentified Flying Oddball, also known as The Spaceman and King Arthur, is a 1979 film adaptation of Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, directed by Russ Mayberry and produced by Walt Disney Productions. Subsequently re-released in the United States under the titles The Spaceman and King Arthur and A Spaceman in King Arthur’s Court, the film starred Dennis Dugan as astronaut Tom Trimble who unintentionally travels back in time with his look-alike android Hermes. Trimble’s NASA spacecraft travels faster than the speed of light, landing him and the android near King Arthur’s Camelot, where – with the aid of their 20th-century technology – they must defeat a plot by the evil Sir Mordred and Merlin to oust King Arthur from the throne.[1][2]

Like Twain's original novel (as well as the 1949 movie adaptation) Merlin is presented as an evil character intent on dethroning Arthur.

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The spacecraft that was featured in this movie is on display at the Blackgang chine theme park in the Isle of Wight.

1995 adaptation[edit]

Disney’s A Kid in King Arthur’s Court (1995), likewise based on the aforementioned novel, follows the same premise: a contemporary American male (in this case, an adolescent) travels back in time to the 6th century and King Arthur’s Camelot, impressing the inhabitants with technology from the distant future. Moody again plays Merlin in the film, on this occasion as a more sympathetic character.

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