Medfield College is a fictitious university used as the setting for several films (namely science fiction comedies) made by The Walt Disney Company.

History

Development History

Medfield College is named after the town of Medfield, Massachusetts. According to town historians, friends of Walt Disney lived there, and he would visit them on occasion, landing his plane on a private airstrip on their property. Portions of the airstrip are still present today. The cornerstone of Medfield Middle School, formerly Medfield High School, has a quote from Walt Disney inscribed on it: "Our greatest natural resource is in the minds of our children."

The Fight Song of Medfield College, composed by Richard and Robert B. Sherman, is heard during the beginning credit sequence of The Absent-Minded Professor.

The Medfield College scenes in both The Absent-Minded Professor and Son of Flubber were filmed on the campus of Pomona College in Claremont, California. Some of the football field scenes in Son of Flubber were filmed at Burbank High School, as evidenced by a banner reading Burbank High School seen in the background.

The Medfield College scenes in the three above-mentioned Dexter Riley films were filmed on the Disney Studios backlot in Burbank, California. Some Medfield College scenes in the 1997 Flubber remake were shot at San Jose State University.

Appearances

'Professor Brainard' Dylogy

Among the films which feature Medfield there are the 'Professor Brainard' dylogy, The Absent-Minded Professor (1961) and Son of Flubber (1963) where Prof. Brainard is a professor of the college who works in the campus' basement to try and make great inventions.

The 'Dexter Rilley' trilogy

Medfield was a central location in this film trilogy which involved students of Medfield getting into science fiction hijinks which trouble the Medfield Dean Higgins. Films in this trilogy being The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969), Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1972), and The Strongest Man in the World (1975);

The Shaggy D.A.

The town of Medfield, the location for Medfield College, was the setting for another Disney film, The Shaggy D.A. (1976).

Flubber

This 1997 film was a remake of the Absent Minded Professor starring Robin Williams. It had him working as a professor at Medfield and at one point using Flubber on the seals of the school basketball team's shoes to rig the game in their favour.

Other Appearances

Disney Kingdoms

The college was also briefly referenced in the 2015 comic series Disney Kingdoms: Figment 2. Here the Scientifica Lucida is a university central to the plot which comes to have a campus in Florida. One of the university deans mentions Dr. Brainard coming to work at the location, visiting from Medfield.

Journey Into Imagination With Figment

The Epcot attraction Journey into Imagination with Figment makes a great number of references to science-fiction comedy Disney films. As a result it holds a good number of references to Medfield College in the queue, including a jacket for the college and an office for Dean Higgins.

Trivia

Gallery


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Media
The Shaggy DogThe Shaggy D.A.The Return of the Shaggy DogThe Shaggy Dog (1994 film)The Shaggy Dog (2006 film)
Characters
Wilson Daniels • Frida Daniels • Wilby DanielsMoochie Daniels • Allison D'Allessio • Buzz Miller • Professor Plumcutt • Dr. Mikhail Valasky • Franceska Andrassy • Officer Hanson • Officer Kelly • Stefano • Dr. J.W. Galvin • Chiffon • Laura Wells • Myra • Carl • Betty Daniels • Brian Daniels • Tim the Ice Cream ManJohn Slade • Katrinka Muggelberg • Raymond • Eddie Roshak • Admiral Brenner • Freddie • Dip • Howie Clemmings • Professor Whatley • Elwood • Dave DouglasRebecca DouglasCarly Douglas • Josh Douglas • Dr. Kozak • Dr. Lance Strictland • Dr. Gwen Lichtman • Judge Claire Whittaker • Larry • Trey
See Also
Medfield CollegeThe Shaggy D.A.Borgia Ring


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Media
The Absent-Minded ProfessorSon of Flubber
Characters
Ned Brainard • Charlie • Betsy Carlisle • Alonzo Hawk • Biff Hawk • Jeffrey Daggett • Shelby Ashton • General Singer • Mrs. Chatsworth • Coach Elkins • Lenny • Officer Kelley • Officer Hanson • Reverend Bosworth • General Hotchkiss • Admiral Olmstead • Sam Wheeler • A.J. Allen • Judge Murdock • Mr. Hurley • Mr. Hummel • Mr. Harker • Desiree de la Roche • Coach Wilson • Mr. Barley • Mr. Osborne • Edna Daggett • Rex Williams • Humphrey Hacker
Locations
Medfield College
Songs
Medfield Fight Song • The Flubber Song
Objects
Flubber • Model T
See Also
Flubber


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Flubber
Characters
Philip BrainardDr. Sara ReynoldsWilson Croft • Chester Hoenicker • Bennett Hoenicker • Smith • Wesson • Martha George • WeeboRover • Willy Barker • Dale Jepner • Weebette • Weber • Flubber
Locations
Medfield College


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Series
Seekers of the WeirdFigmentBig Thunder Mountain RailroadFigment 2The Haunted MansionEnchanted Tiki Room
Disney Characters
Candleman • DespoinaDreamfinderFigmentProfessor BrainardCumulus IsobarBarnabas T. BullionJason ChandlerThe Spirit of Big Thunder Tyrannosaurus Rex Billy the Disney Goat George WillikersCaptain GoreMadame LeotaConstance HatchawayHatbox GhostHitchhiking GhostsGhost HostPickwickOrganistJoséMichaelPierreFritzTangaroaMauiTangaroa-RuPeleRongoNgendeiHina KuluuaOrange Bird
Original Characters
Maxwell KeepMelody KeepArthur KeepEllen KeepRoland KeepReaper KingChimeraFyeChairman IllocrantSingularAbigail BullionCapricious HarmonySparkDoubtfinderDanny CroweSaoirse Bullion-O'Callaghan
Concepts
Museum of the WeirdJourney Into ImaginationBig Thunder Mountain RailroadThe Haunted MansionMatterhorn BobsledsThe Enchanted Tiki RoomThe Western River ExpeditionSpaceship Earth Journey Into Your Imagination With Figment
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