Son of Flubber
|Son of Flubber|
1963 Theatrical Poster
|Directed by||Robert Stevenson|
|Produced by||Bill Walsh
|Written by||Don DaGradi
|Music by||George Bruns|
|Editing by||Cotton Warburton|
|Studio||Walt Disney Productions|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Distribution|
|Running time||100 minutes|
Son of Flubber is the 1963 black-and-white sequel to the Walt Disney children's movie comedy The Absent-Minded Professor (1961), also starring Fred MacMurray as a scientist who has perfected a high-bouncing substance, Flubber ("flying rubber") that can levitate an automobile and cause athletes to bounce into the sky. The film co-stars Nancy Olson and Keenan Wynn, and was directed by Robert Stevenson. Many of the cast members from The Absent Minded Professor also appear in this film, including Elliott Reid and Tommy Kirk. A colorized version of the film was released on VHS in 1997.
Professor Ned Brainard's discovery of Flubber has not quite brought him or his college the riches he thought. The Pentagon has declared his discovery to be top secret and the IRS has slapped him with a huge tax bill, even if he has yet to receive a cent. He thinks he may have found the solution in the form of "Flubbergas," (the "son" of Flubber) which can change the weather, by making it rain inside people's houses, as well as in one car, too, which causes Shelby Ashton's car to get into an accident with a police car. The professor did this action in revenge for Shelby's interfering with his wife Betsy. It also helps Medfield College's football team to win a game, but it also has one unfortunate side effect: It shatters glass, which eventually places Brainard on the lam. At home, his wife Betsy is jealous of the attention lavished on him by an old high school girlfriend. On trial, Ned's future seems hopeless, until a farmer shows the court that his crops grew extra large because of Ned's experiment, which the farmer names "Dry Rain", and the professor is acquitted.
Medfield College, which was also the setting for the earlier film The Absent-Minded Professor, was later used for a trilogy of Disney's "Dexter Riley" films; The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969), Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1972), and The Strongest Man in the World; each starring Kurt Russell and Cesar Romero.
- Fred MacMurray as Professor Ned Brainard
- Nancy Olson as Betsy Carlisle
- Keenan Wynn as Alonzo P. Hawk
- Ed Wynn as A. J. Allen
- Bob Sweeney as Mr. Harker
- Paul Lynde as TV announcer Rex Williams (uncredited)
- Tommy Kirk as Biff Hawk
- Ginny Tyler as Baby Walter (voice)
Son of Flubber was a critical and commercial success. It grossed $22,129,412 at the box office, earning $7.1 million in theatrical rentals, making it the 7th highest grossing film of 1963. The film currently holds an 86% "Fresh" rating on the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes.
- Official website
- Son of Flubber at the Internet Movie Database
- Son of Flubber at the TCM Movie Database
- Son of Flubber at AllMovie