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General Information

Poster for Flubber
  • Directed by

    Les Mayfield

  • Screenplay by

    John Hughes

  • Music Composed by

    Danny Elfman

  • World Premiere

    November 11, 1997 (New York)

  • Theatrical Release Date

    November 26, 1997

  • DVD Release Date

    June 16, 1998

  • Production Companies

    Great Oaks Entertainment, Walt Disney Pictures

  • Distribution Company

    Buena Vista Pictures

Main Cast

  • Robin Williams

    Professor Philip Brainard

  • Marcia Gay Harden

    Sara Jean Reynolds

  • Christopher McDonald

    Wilson Croft

  • Jodi Benson



Professor Phillip Brainard, an absent-minded professor, works with his robotic assistant Weebo trying to create a substance that's a new energy source and that will save Medfield College, where his sweetheart Sara is the president. He has missed his wedding ceremony twice, and on the afternoon of his third wedding, Professor Brainard creates a substance which allows objects to fly through the air. It looks like rubber, so he calls it flubber. This film is based on the 1961 Disney classic "The Absent-Minded Professor."



  • Philip

    Morning--or afternoon, whatever the case may be. We have a lot to talk about today, so let's get into it without delay. Oh! Oh, uh, thank you, whoever gave me the plate of fruit and the dead pheasant, but it does not count as extra credit. Last time we were talking about Newton's Law of gravitation. To review: We see this "G" is like the "c" in E=mc squared. It's a constant, constant universe, as much as anything is constant in the universe. It's saying that the force of attraction between two bodies is in direct proportion to the product of the masses and in inverse proportion to the square of the distance between them. An example would be--Let's make, uh, naked man, "M-1." Naked lady "M-2." Now, according to this formula, their attractive forces would want to close the distance to zero. Why don't they? Hmm? The earth! Ah. So, in essence that is gravity and this... is "Dr. Richard's Life Drawing." Ah. It's not my class, is it?

  • Philip

    Wish I understood human beings. Wish I understood women. Wish I understood emotions and passions. I wish I understood any of that. If I did, I wouldn't have to spend my entire life in a laboratory trying to figure out how the world works. I would've been out in the world trying to figure out why it works. I know I love her, Weebo. Every neuron in my limbic system is saturated with phenylethylamine. That triggers euphoria, elation, exhilaration. Truth is, Weebo, I'm not absent-minded because I'm selfish or crazy or--or inconsiderate. I'm absent-minded because I'm in love with Sara.



The stuff dreams are made of


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Filming Info

  • Dates

    October 8, 1996 - February 4, 1997

  • Locations

    Alameda, CA
    San Jose, CA
    Treasure Island, CA
    Stanford University, CA
    Palo Alto, CA
    Stockton, CA

International Release Dates

  • Thailand

    December 4, 1997

  • Singapore

    December 11, 1997

  • Brazil

    December 12, 1997

  • Mexico

    December 19, 1997

  • South Korea

    December 20, 1997

  • Argentina

    December 25, 1997

  • Australia
    New Zealand

    December 26, 1997

  • Hong Kong

    January 28, 1998

  • Poland

    January 30, 1998

  • Hungary

    February 5, 1998

  • UK

    February 6, 1998

  • Netherlands

    February 12, 1998

  • Iceland

    February 13, 1998

  • Slovakia

    March 5, 1998

  • Japan

    March 7, 1998

  • Spain

    March 10, 1998

  • Denmark

    March 13, 1998

  • Germany

    March 19, 1998

  • Estonia

    March 20, 1998

  • Portugal

    March 27, 1998

  • Belgium

    April 1, 1998

  • Greece

    April 3, 1998

  • Turkey

    April 4, 1998

  • Kuwait

    April 5, 1998

  • Russia

    October 30, 1998

International Titles

  • Turkey

    Dalgin profesör

  • Italy

    Flubber - Un professore tra le nuvole

  • Finland

    Flubber - maailman mahtavin mönjä

  • Spain

    Flubber y el profesor chiflado

  • Argentina

    Flubber, el invento del siglo

  • Portugal

    O Professor Distraído

  • Canada

    Plaxmol (French title)

  • Slovenia

    Raztreseni profesor

Box Office

  • Gross

    $92,977,226 (USA)
    $85,000,000 (international)
    $177,977,226 (total)

  • Opening Weekend

    $26,725,207 (2,641 theaters)

  • Widest Release

    2,679 theaters

  • In Release

    about 8 weeks

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