Having a connected universe in a series of movies has almost become a cottage industry in Hollywood these days, the best current example of this being the Marvel Cinematic Universe which has raked in billions of dollars so far, but the idea is certainly nothing new. Back in the 40s and 50s Universal Studios had their classic monsters who occasionally wandered over into each other’s movies, something Universal tried to jump start again with The Mummy in their already floundering Dark Universe, but there is another shared universe in the movies that many are not aware of which came from the Disney Studios, the Medfield College series. There is no real hard continuity between the early films such as The Absent Minded Professor and the later Dexter Riley Trilogy but they are loosely connect though this one fictional school.
College was named after the town of Medfield, Massachusetts that
happened to be home to some friends of Walt's, he would often visit and
he even had private airstrip there, and the local high school has a
cornerstone that contains a quote from Walt Disney, "Our greatest natural resource is in the minds of our children."
Though the Medfield College movies are mostly zany comedies that
sentiment can be felt throughout the series and below you can find links
to my reviews to those movies and learn all about this classic Alma
who develops a fantastic flying rubber aka Flubber that allows him to
take flight in his Model T as well as defeat the school’s rival
isn’t going to wait. Professor Brainard’s new Flubber gas is the only
chance they have to save the school, and of course it will also help
them win the big football game against the school's hated rivals.
leads the charge in saving Medfield from more financial ruin, while
also trying to stay out of the clutches of local crime boss A.J. Arno (Cesar Romero), after Dexter accidentally gets turned into a living computer.
Medfield College made one final filmic appearance in the 1997 movie Flubber starring Robin Williams, which was a rather poor remake of The Absent Minded Professor,
but one can only hope that someday the doors will open again for this
once illustrious college. I’ve already set aside my tuition.