Flubber - A rubbery substance that when bounced
has the ability of create it own energy. If a piece of Flubber was dropped to
the floor, it would begin to bounce higher and higher, creating additional
surges of energy as it bounced skyward.
Flubber was first introduced in the classic Disney film The Absent Minded
Professor (1961) starring Fred MacMurray as inventor Professor Ned Brainard
and appeared later in the sequel Son of Flubber (1963) and the remake
Flubber (1997) starring Robin Williams as Professor Philip Brainard.
In the original film,
Flubber was discovered via an accident in the
used to make the professor's
Model-T Ford fly and the local
bounce about their playing court with the agility of a kangaroo after the
Professor ironed on a blob of flubber to the souls of their sneakers..
The TV adaptation of the film called THE ABSENT-MINDED PROFESSOR/NBC/1988-89
featured Harry Anderson as Henry Crawford, a Medfield College physics professor
who discovered a green, rubbery substance known as Flubber.
The term "Flubber" was a blending of the words "flying" and "rubber."
TRIVIA NOTE: On the cartoon sitcom THE
SIMPSONS, inventor Professor Frink has basketball shoes made of flubber.
The rap song "It's Alright" by Jay-Z on the album Vol. 2-hard Knock Life
the word Flubber is used in the lyrics, "Like flubber I hover above the city in
a private jet, the livest set."
The song "A Lil Low Now" by Lil Jon And The Eastside Boys features the lyrics
"Shake it like flubber, make that booty bounce like rubber."
Robin Williams as Professor Braniard
Back to Top