Unidentified Flying Oddball 

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Unidentified Flying Oddball (1979 Movie)

“Unidentified Flying Oddball,” also known as “The Spaceman and King Arthur” in the UK, is a Disney science fiction comedy film released in 1979. The movie is loosely based on Mark Twain’s novel “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.” It tells the story of Tom Trimble (played by Dennis Dugan), an astronaut from the future who accidentally travels back in time to the medieval era of King Arthur’s reign.

After crash-landing in England during the time of knights and chivalry, Tom befriends the legendary King Arthur (played by Kenneth More). Using his futuristic knowledge and technology, Tom introduces advanced gadgets and inventions to the people of Camelot, including a talking robot named Hermes. Together, Tom and Hermes help King Arthur face various challenges and threats, all while trying to find a way back to the future.

The film combines elements of science fiction and medieval fantasy with humor and adventure. It presents a unique twist on the classic tale of King Arthur, incorporating futuristic elements into the historical setting. As the story unfolds, Tom’s interactions with the people of Camelot lead to both comedic and heartwarming moments.

“Unidentified Flying Oddball” is a family-friendly film that offers an entertaining mix of time travel, historical fiction, and Disney magic. The movie features charming performances by the cast and provides a lighthearted and imaginative take on a well-known literary tale.

While not as widely known as some other Disney classics, “Unidentified Flying Oddball” remains a fun and enjoyable watch, particularly for those who appreciate a blend of science fiction and fantasy with a touch of Disney’s trademark storytelling. It’s a delightful addition to Disney’s collection of films, showcasing the studio’s ability to create imaginative and entertaining adventures for audiences of all ages.

Additional Details


  • Dennis Dugan: Tom Trimble/Hermes
  • Jim Dale: Sir Mordred
  • Ron Moody: Merlin
  • Kenneth More: King Arthur
  • John Le Mesurier: Sir Gawain
  • Rodney Bewes: Clarence
  • Sheila White: Alisande
  • Robert Beatty: Senator Milburn
  • Cyril Shaps: Dr Zimmerman
  • Kevin Brennan: Winston
  • Ewen Solon: Watkins
  • Pat Roach: Oaf
  • Reg Lye: Prisoner


  • Director: Russ Mayberry
  • Producer: Ron Miller
  • Music: Ron Goodwin

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I am founder and editor of DisneyNews.us. My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other sites include DMR and VideoGamesStats.com.