USA Today - 11/26/1997
"...Great big gobs of wiggly green goo....All the gee-wizardry that '90s effects can conjure..."
New York Times - 11/26/1997
"...Technological advances in filmmaking make these flying scenes pleasant and even allow the flubber a Busby Berkeley dance routine..."
Box Office - 02/01/1998
"...Charming....The animation is impressive..."
Forgetful Professor Phillip Brainard inadvertently creates "flying rubber" in his lab, misses his wedding date repeatedly, and is menaced by bungling goons hired by a jealous rival out to steal his lady and his invention. Producer and co-screenwriter John Hughes renders the Disney classic, "The Absent-Minded Professor" for the digital-effects crowd, dusting it with the slapstick hyperbole of his "Home Alone" films and "modern" touches like Brainard's sassy floating personal robot, Weebo. Meanwhile, the flubber itself takes on a life of its own, executing a musical production number.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
Packed with unmistakable Disney magic, FLUBBER explodes on the screen, fusing adventure, eye-popping visual effects, and the gravity-defying comic genius of Robin Williams. The resulting concoction is a hilarious adventure for all ages. Brilliant but befuddled Professor Phillip Brainard (Williams) is on the brink of inventing a revolutionary energy source and missing his wedding to fiancee Dr. Sara Jean Reynolds (Marcia Gay Harden) -- president of financially challenged Medfield College -- for the third time! When Phillip experiments with his own big bang theory, a miraculous elastic good -- Flubber -- emerges, leaving him ecstatic, but unmarried! Phillip and his flying cyber sidekick, Weebo, soon discover that Flubber, applied to anything, enables it to bounce super high and fast. However, many questions remain. Is Flubber good enough to win Sara back, save Medfield from its financial problems, and slip through the hands of the evil financier who is bankrolling the college' FLUBBER slips, slides, giggles, glides, flips, and flies -- the stuff of surefire family entertainment. Now you can bring home Disney's box office hit that's two parts innovation, three parts imagination, and "100% pure fun!" (CNN)
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