Of course they don't make 'em like they used to, and why should they? Disney has the technology, so they've dropped the quirky charm and rebuilt their 1961 live-action chestnut THE ABSENT-MINDED PROFESSOR as a surprisingly violent, crowd-pleasing hurricane of digital
effects. Robin Williams stars as the hopelessly forgetful Professor Brainard, resident chemistry savant at a small, financially troubled college. On his wedding day, while teary fiancee Sara (Marcia Gay Harden) waits at the altar, Brainard hits upon the formula for an extremely ductile, animated
compound that responds to the slightest stimulus with an enormous release of energy. It's flying rubber -- <...