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The Unidentified Flying Oddball (1979)

Dennis Dugan , Jim Dale , Russ Mayberry  |  G |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dennis Dugan, Jim Dale, Ron Moody, Kenneth More, John LeMesurier
  • Directors: Russ Mayberry
  • Writers: Based On Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee In Kin, Screen Story And Screenplay By Don Tait
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2004
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001I55UG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,411 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Unidentified Flying Oddball" on IMDb

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There's magic in the memories as great Disney moments are captured right here for you and your family to enjoy! Space-age technology is pitted against medieval superstition and treachery in this wild and wacky comedy/fantasy. Astronaut Tom Trimble (Dennis Dugan) and his robot companion are unexpectedly hurled backward in time during a routine space flight ... and end up prisoners at the Court of King Arthur in sixth-century England! Adding to Tom's plight is his discovery of a sinister plot to overthrow the King, with the outcome resting on the flash-and-dazzle of the equipment at hand -- from the 20th century!

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Based off the Mark Twain novel `A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court', Unidentified Flying Oddball (1979) aka The Spaceman and King Arthur, may not have been one of the more popular live action Disney films of the past, but I liked it for a number of reason which I'll talk about later...the film, written by Don Tait (Hell's Angels '69, The Apple Dumpling Gang), was directed by Russ Mayberry, who primarily worked in the medium of television directing on shows like "Bewitched", "I Dream of Jeannie", "That Girl", "The Brady Bunch", "The Partridge Family", "The Rockford Files", along with many others, but did find time to do a few films, including this one. Starring in the film is Dennis Dugan (The Howling, Problem Child, Happy Gilmore), Sheila White (Confessions from a Holiday Camp), Ron Moody, whom many will recognize as the dastardly character Fagin in the 1968 film Oliver!, and Jim Dale, a fixture in the British `Carry On...' film series. Also appearing is Kenneth More (Sink the Bismarck!), John Le Mesurier (I'm All Right Jack, Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?), Rodney Bewes (Jabberwocky), and Pat Roach, whom you may have never heard of, but surely have seen in any one of his villain roles like in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) - he played two roles in that film, one being the big Sherpa in the bar and another as the mechanic/brawler, the character of Lippe (he fought Bond in the health spa) in the James Bond film Never Say Never Again (1983), the chief guard in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), and skeleton masked General Kael in Willow (1988), to name a few.

The story begins as we see a group at NASA discussing a new project featuring a shuttle called Stardust that has the ability to travel faster than any previous ship.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disney Live Action Comedy Hijinks October 28, 2000
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I remember seeing this movie back in elementary school, and I still find it entertaining today. As the synopsis above states, the plot revolves around a "modern" day space explorer who gets catapulted back to the days of King Arthur. The comedy is derived from the strange predicaments in which Dugan finds himself (the old fish-out-of-water ploy). The movie is one of Disney's better live-action comedies. Since much of the comedy is of the zany, slapstick variety the movie has aged well, and is still humorous twenty years later. The style of comedy is similar to what one finds in other Disney comedies such as the Love Bug. My six year old loves it. If you're a collector of Disney movies definitely add this one to your library.
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STORY: Unidentified Flying Oddball is short for U.F.O. of course. This live action film from the Walt Disney studio is the story of Tom Trimble the NASA astronaut (Dennis Dugan) and his robot Hermes. They have a newly designed faster than the speed of light spaceship called the "Stardust", that is hit by a lightening bolt in and knocks Tom back in time to the days of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Thinking he has traveled to another world, Tom leaves the craft in his spacesuit. Seeing him in this spacesuit the citizens think he is a monster or dragon and attack him, sending him to prison. After being imprisoned, Tom learns of a threat against the king from the nefarious Sir Mordred (Jim Dale) who wants to take the King's throne at Camelot for himself. Merlin (Ron Moody) is aiding Mordred in the scheme and is envious of Tom's modern scientific talents, since his own power is based on illusion. After Tom is released he begins to use technology to improve the kingdom, and along the way he develops a love interest with Alisande (Sheila White). Merlin and Sir Mordred join forces to attack the king, and Tom must help the Knights defend the King. There is some light romance, some action, and plenty of comedy. Note: For those people that are used to the kind and powerful Merlin character, be forewarned, this is an evil Merlin. All in all, good clean family fun.

BEHIND THE SCENES: Don Tate wrote the screenplay as a loose re-interpretation of the Mark Twain story, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. If the acting and productions seems at times like a 1970's TV sitcom, that may be the result of director Russ Mayberry, who worked on shows such as "I Dream of Jeannie", and "Bewitched".
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In the 1979 Disney film, "The Unidentified Flying Oddball", also known by "The Spaceman in King Arthur's Court" and other titles, NASA scientist Tom Trimble is ordered to design an android to take an experimental, time traveling voyage via a rocket ship through space (since it was deemed too dangerous for a living passenger). Tom makes the robot identical to himself, and pretty remarkable by 70's standards. He even feels fear and an attraction to the opposite sex! Unfortunately, the robot, dubbed Hermes, becomes afraid to take part in the mission. When Tom comes aboard the spacecraft at the last minute to comfort him, well, you can guess what happens! Both of them end up traveling to the past, and they land smack dab in King Arthur's yard! Tom is soon taken prisoner, as he is believed to be some sort of demon or monster, and it's very hard to explain anything to these people! He fascinates them with his futuristic technology, and he does make some friends. However, Tom also makes some enemies, especially when he discovers a plot to overthrow King Arthur by the sinister duo of Merlin and Sir Morded. Luckily, Tom's modern technology may be the perfect match against Mordred and his army, with a lot of help from Hermes of course!

I will always remember seeing this movie on the bigscreen as a small child. It must have been a rerelease, or else I have a darn good memory since I was like 4 when this came out. Still, these 70's Disney flicks are some of my earliest film-going memories, even though the live-action comedies are often panned, they are some of my fondest memories too, and I still get a lot of enjoyment out of these films today! In fact, some of them I just don't get why people don't dislike so much! Yeah, they're silly and corny, but so what?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good family movie.
I don't remember why i bought this movie. I think I might have seen part of it on TV or was told about it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by KingNothing
5.0 out of 5 stars Remember this one from Holiday party and cable
I watched it today and just laughed. We used to all watch it on cable and I remember a holiday party where we went to a movie theatre and saw it on the big screen.
Published 3 months ago by JD
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining, but leave your brain at the door before you sit...
Dennis Dugan [now a director] plays a likable guy that goes back in time with an identical android that
provides some comedy to this --- favorably-remembered --- Disney... Read more
Published 7 months ago by "T=H=E --- 'Older Than Dirt' --- Time Traveller"
3.0 out of 5 stars Lesser Disney film
This is a spin on Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court." I had not seen this in many years, and it is not as well known as many other Disney family... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lisa L. Burkett
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable film
"Unidentified Flying Oddball" - abbreviated reading UFO - is quite a good film. It has charm, suspense and a good dose of that old British wit. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Tnahpellee
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun when i was a kid and still fun now!
I remember seeing this when i was a kid, about 10-11, and enjoying it. Just recently saw it again and was surprised how well it held up over the years. Read more
Published on May 23, 2012 by Scott A. Marchiny
2.0 out of 5 stars The Spaceman and King Arthur
If The Spaceman and King Arthur aka Unidentified Flying Oddball merited an entry in The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, it would doubtless read 'mostly harmless. Read more
Published on December 29, 2010 by Trevor Willsmer
3.0 out of 5 stars "You think someone should tell the American his arm's missing?"
The movie title alone suggests that you're in for all kinds of goofiness. UNIDENTIFIED FLYING ODDBALL is Disney's very loose adaptation of Mark Twain's classic, A CONNECTICUT... Read more
Published on March 16, 2010 by H. Bala
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Family Viewing, Poor Movie.
It has great value as a family-friendly movie. Otherwise, neither the storyline, nor the production are worth mentioning.
Published on February 1, 2009 by Roberto Vitale
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful discovery of vintage Disney at its BEST
What a joy to find old disney movies released on DVD and in widescreen:) I just discvered THE BLACK HOLE as well also a disney CLASSIC of long ago, when special efects were... Read more
Published on October 20, 2002 by Randy Richards
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