In 1961, Walt Disney Pictures released the family movie, The Absent-Minded Professor. The film, about… erm… an absent-minded professor, followed the story of Professor Ned Brainard and his creation of a flying rubber, dubbed ‘Flubber’.

The Absent-Minded Professor was a big hit for Disney and led to a ‘Flubber’ sequel. But how many Flubber movies are there?


The Flubber movies in order

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To date, there are five Flubber movies. The Flubber movies are as follows:

  • The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)
  • Son of Flubber (1963)
  • The Absent-Minded Professor (1988)*
  • The Absent-Minded Professor: Trading Places (1989)*
  • Flubber (1997) 

*Both of these ‘films’ aired as episodes of The Wonderful World IV Disney – a television show composed of movies and specials. 

Are all of the Flubber movies part of the same series?

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The Flubber movies need a little explanation – so here goes:

  • The Absent-Minded Professor 1961 and Son of Flubber are directly linked, with events told in chronological order.
  • The Absent-Minded Professor 1988 is a spiritual sequel to the original film, picking up on elements of the original films but with a new cast of characters.
  • The Absent-Minded Professor: Trading Places is a direct sequel to The Absent-Minded Professor 1988.
  • Flubber is a remake of The Absent-Minded Professor 1961.

Who are the cast of the Flubber films?

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Notable actors in the Flubber film series include Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olsen, Keenan Wynn, Harry Anderson, Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden, Clancy Brown, Christopher McDonald, Ted Levine, Wil Wheaton, and Jodie Benson.


Is the Flubber series the work of the same director?

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The Flubber films are the work of multiple directors. Robert Stevenson directed The Absent-Minded Professor 1961 and Son of Flubber, Robert Scheerer directed The Absent-Minded Professor 1988, Robert Scheerer and Bob Sweeney directed The Absent-Minded Professor: Trading Places, and Les Mayfield directed Flubber.


What is the best Flubber movie?

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According to IMDb, the Flubber films are ranked as follows:

  • The Absent-Minded Professor (1961) – 6.8/10
  • The Absent-Minded Professor: Trading Places (1989) – 6.5/10
  • Son of Flubber (1963) – 6.1/10
  • The Absent-Minded Professor (1988) – 6/10
  • Flubber (1997) – 5.3/10

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