The Absent-Minded Professor

“Flying Flivver” Returns to The Walt Disney Company

By Rick Lorentz, Walt Disney Archives The road leading to the Walt Disney Archives has been traveled by many forms of transportation over the last 50 years. Volkswagen “beetles” from The Love Bug (1997) television movie, and Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005) reside in a secret warehouse, side by side. Models of the Black Pearl (Pirates …

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Monsters University

Which Disney School Would You Rule?

By Courtney Potter “School days, school days… dear old golden rule days.” Yes, it’s back-to-school for students across the country—who are already prepping for big projects, big tests, and big sports games a-plenty. But imagine, if you will, what it might be like to attend a Disney high school or college… y’know, the kind of …

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The Absent-Minded Professor

Hang Time: Disney’s Most Memorable Basketball Game

By Courtney Potter Disney and basketball… a uniquely entertaining combination that started years before all the collegiate and NBA action on ESPN and ABC. From 1946’s Double Dribble, a Goofy cartoon short in which players (named after various Disney artists) broke every basketball rule in the book, to the Wildcats “gettin’ their head in the …

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Bob Mattey and Walt Disney

Bob Mattey: Master of Mechanical Magic

By Becky Cline Legendary mechanical effects man Robert A. Mattey Jr. began his Hollywood career in the late 1920s, while visiting his father, a costume jeweler who created the faux coins used in the 1927 epic film The King of Kings. The 16-year-old Bob was fascinated by the production process, and was hooked for life. …

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Professor Brainard and his dog

The Absent-Minded Professor: Did You Know?

By Greg Ehrbar On March 16, Walt Disney’s mega-hit comedy-fantasy The Absent-Minded Professor turns 55—but the laughter is ageless, from its high-flying Model T antics and gravity-defying basketball game to the its inventive script that moves deftly between all-out zaniness and wry political satire. Along with The Parent Trap, it was one of the five …

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Your Votes Are In. The Award Goes To…

With the Academy Awards® just a few days away, we asked D23 fans on Facebook and Twitter to pick their Disney favorites from our Oscar® ballot and the results are in. The winners are… Best Mode of Travel: Car—The Absent-Minded Professor Black Pearl—Pirates of the Caribbean WINNER—Balloons—Up Umbrella—Mary Poppins Best Character in a Disney Short: …

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Celebrating Disney Characters Who Are Mad as Hatters

Today is a very, very special day. Why, you ask? Well, odds are, it’s your un-birthday—it’s most-assuredly ours! But October 6 is also Mad Hatter Day, the day we celebrate Alice In Wonderland’s eccentric, chapeau-wearing tea party host. We’re definitely raising a cup of tea to the Mad Hatter himself today, but we thought this …

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Where the Flubber Meets the Road

Walt Disney regarded this 50 and Fabulous film as, “one of the funniest comedies that ever came out of this town.” Like flubber itself, The Absent-Minded Professor is buoyant with laughter and flies high with fun.

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