Sorry, Tumblr, Flubber’s Weebo Did Reaction GIFs First

Leave it to Disney to predict the future of Internet culture. In 1997, it released Flubber, a remake of its 1961 flick, The Absent-Minded ProfessorFlubber is a science fiction comedy film starring Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden, Jodi Benson and Christopher McDonald. The film’s premise is simple enough — Williams’ character, Professor Philip Brainard, creates an elastic, sentient, green goo called Flubber in an attempt to develop a new energy source and save Medfield College from financial ruin. However, Flubber isn’t the only noteworthy creation of Brainard. That honor goes to Weebo (voiced by Benson), a robot with a wicked sense of humor and an affinity for GIFs. That’s right — Weebo used GIFs to convey her emotions throughout the film before they were invented.

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