Son Of Flubber
Son of Flubber represented the first time that Walt Disney ever attempted a theatrical feature sequel: in this case, the earlier film was the 1961 money spinner The Absent-Minded Professor. While Flubber is more formula-bound than Professor, it proved an instant audience-pleaser, and a hit to the tune of nine million dollars. Fred MacMurray returns as professor Ned Brainard, currently working on his new discovery, “dry rain.” The comically destructive side effects of this discovery seemingly doom the professor to failure — at least until the closing courtroom sequence — but meanwhile he has better luck with Flubbergas, a byproduct of the anti gravity glop he’d invented in the first film. In addition to MacMurray, Absent-Minded Professor alumni Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, Tommy Kirk, Leon Ames, Elliott Reid, Alan Carney, Gordon Jones, Forrest Lewis, and James Westerfield reprise their roles from the earlier film, while Ed Wynn shows up in a new guise as a nervous agricultural agent.
There is no question that Fred MacMurray is the reason this film works. MacMurray was a likable, charismatic actor who, in this role, reminds you of the perfect father/grandfather figure. He is a family man who aims high in his experiments, which is why he either winds up looking crazy or extremely intelligent. He helps out some of his college students and wins back his wife, who momentarily grows tired of his kooky experiments. This sequel to “The Absent Minded Professor” is wholesome entertainment and the special effects of the flying car were pretty good for its day. It is funny in spots too. For example, in an exaggerated scene, a disgruntled father tells his son, a college student, “Why, if you weren’t deductible, I’d dis-own you!” We approve this film for all ages.