Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Flubber (1997 Movie)

“Flubber” is a 1997 science fiction comedy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by Les Mayfield. The movie is a remake of Disney’s 1961 film “The Absent-Minded Professor,” and both films are based on Samuel W. Taylor’s short story “A Situation of Gravity.”

The film stars Robin Williams as Professor Philip Brainard, a brilliant but absent-minded scientist who is trying to create a revolutionary new energy source called “Flubber” (Flying Rubber). However, he is so focused on his experiments that he forgets about important things like his upcoming wedding to his fiancée, Sara Jean Reynolds (played by Marcia Gay Harden).

Professor Brainard’s life takes an unexpected turn when he accidentally creates Flubber, a bouncy, green, and highly energetic substance with a mind of its own. Flubber has incredible properties that defy the laws of physics, giving it the ability to make objects and people fly. Brainard quickly realizes that Flubber could solve many of his problems and help him save the financially struggling Medfield College, where he works.

As Professor Brainard’s adventures with Flubber unfold, he finds himself in comedic situations, causing chaos and hilarity. The film also introduces a villainous subplot involving Brainard’s rival, Wilson Croft (played by Christopher McDonald), who seeks to steal Flubber for his own nefarious plans.

“Flubber” is a fun and entertaining family film known for its slapstick humor, Robin Williams’ energetic performance, and the endearing character of Flubber itself. The movie features a mix of live-action and computer-generated special effects to bring Flubber to life and showcase its wild and whimsical antics.

While “Flubber” received mixed reviews from critics, it was well-received by audiences, particularly families and children. The film’s lighthearted and comedic nature, combined with its heartwarming themes of love, loyalty, and the pursuit of scientific innovation, has made it a beloved classic in the Disney film library.

“Flubber” remains a nostalgic and entertaining film that continues to be enjoyed by viewers of all ages, making it a memorable part of Disney’s live-action film legacy.

Fun Facts

  • “Flubber” is a 1997 family comedy film and a remake of the 1961 film “The Absent-Minded Professor.” It stars Robin Williams as Professor Philip Brainard, a brilliant but absent-minded scientist who creates a bouncy, flying green substance called “flubber.”
  • The film is known for its comedic and zany sequences involving the misadventures caused by the mischievous flubber. The bouncy substance leads to comical situations, including a memorable basketball game and a flying car.
  • One of the notable aspects of “Flubber” is the character of Weebo, a small flying robot with a screen that displays the face of the late actress Edie McClurg. Weebo serves as both a sidekick to Professor Brainard and a source of comic relief in the film.

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $177.9 million
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  • Robin Williams: Professor Philip Brainard
  • Marcia Gay Harden: Dr. Sara Jean Reynolds
  • Christopher McDonald: Wilson Croft
  • Jodi Benson: the voice of Weebo
  • Raymond J. Barry: Chester Hoenicker
  • Clancy Brown: Smith
  • Ted Levine: Wesson
  • Wil Wheaton: Bennett Hoenicker
  • Edie McClurg: Martha George
  • Sam Lloyd: Coach Willy Barker
  • Scott Michael Campbell: Dale Jepner
  • Bob Sarlatte: Rutland coach
  • Julie Morrison: the voice of Weebette
  • Scott Martin Gershin: Flubber


  • Director: Les Mayfield
  • Producers: John Hughes and Ricardo Mestres
  • Screenplay: John Hughes and Bill Walsh
  • Music: Danny Elfman

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