The Absent-Minded Professor
The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)

Fred MacMurray stars in this Walt Disney comedy hit concerning absent-minded professor Ned Brainard (MacMurray), a science teacher at a small-town college, who is so scatterbrained that he has forgotten to show up at his own wedding.… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: March 16, 1961
DVD Release Date: January 14, 2003
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TIME Magazine

Flubber provides fuel for a very funny piece of hyperbolic humor in the grand American tradition of Paul Bunyan, and Director Robert Stevenson and Scriptwriter Bill Walsh get plenty of bounce out of every ounce.

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TV Guide

This is a zanily inventive piece of work, with delightful special effects, which set the style for a long series of live-action Disney films.

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James Plath

One of Disney's milestone live-action films.


MacMurray is ideally cast as the car-hopping prof, and plays the role with warmth and gusto.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Disney produces a goofy lightweight Mack Sennett-like family comedy fantasy film that's joyfully directed by Robert Stevenson.

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Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Tepid live action Disney.

Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media

Family entertainment at its best.

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Emanuel Levy

This Disney family film, inexplicably made in black-and-white, was nominated for three Oscars (cinematography, art direction, and visual effects), but won none, though it was popular at the box-office.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Goofy comedy classic.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
I liked this movie a lot compared to the remake with Robin Williams. This movie is cool, funny, and exciting. I really liked it and I recommend it over the… More
Leigh Ryan
Pretty darn good movie.
Marcus Woolcott
Full of charm and hard to dislike.