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Unidentified Flying Oddball

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Disney time-travel fantasy adventure has mild peril.

Movie G 1979 93 minutes
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For the most part, this movie is a light and fun adventure that just about happily passes the time. Dugan plays both his human and android roles in a breezy manner, but it's the supporting cast that carries Unidentified Flying Oddball (also known as A Spaceman in King Arthur's Court and The Spaceman and King Arthur) when it runs out of steam about an hour in. British actor Kenneth More brings his well-honed stagecraft to the role of King Arthur, presenting a commanding king with an always exposed, naturally likable vulnerability. Jim Dale -- star of the Brit comedy Carry On series -- oozes grease as the slimy villain Sir Mordred, and Sheila White's naive village girl Sandy, who thinks her father is a goose, is a joy to watch.

A generation of people grew up watching this on VHS. The HD transfer will give its fans an enhanced experience, with its bright color palette -- reminiscent of Disney's 1973 animated version of Robin Hood -- positively popping out the screen. In HD, however, hokey special effects and wires on jet packs are more visible than ever, but that can all be overlooked for what is essentially a light and fluffy adventure-comedy. While it's not a classic, the performances at least make it memorable.

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