A to Z Challenge – Flight of the Navigator

Flight of the Navigator - PosterFlight of the Navigator


Directed by Randal Kleiser

Quick synopsis… An ordinary boy finds he is destined for a most extraordinary adventure aboard a futuristic spacecraft. After a mystifying disappearance, David Freeman returns possessing vast, undiscovered knowledge about the universe.

  • 12-year-old David Freeman is just a kid who wants to teach his dog how to catch a Frisbee.
  • You know, the normal kind of kid who has a crush on Jennifer Bradley but doesn’t know how to talk to girls.
  • It’s the 4th of July, 1978, and David is sent to walk his little brother home from friend’s house.
  • Jeff, the little brother, is kind of a jerk and jumps out at David in the woods before taking off toward home.
  • Bruiser, David’s dog, gets curious about something and David winds up falling into a ravine.
  • But it’s not so deep that he hurts himself or anything.
  • He gets back up and heads back to his house, but he can’t get in.
  • Jeff must have locked him out.
  • He pounds on the door and an unfamiliar woman answers.
  • David forces his way inside and nothing is familiar.
  • He breaks down in tears, wanting to know where his mom and dad are.
  • The police are called and they discover that David has been missing for eight years.
  • And now he shows up, wearing the same clothes he was wearing the night he disappeared, and he hasn’t aged a day.
  • Meanwhile, NASA has come into possession of an unidentified flying object.
  • Somehow, this spacecraft and David’s eight missing years are connected.
  • Dr. Faraday, a NASA scientist, convinces David’s family to allow him to run some tests on David to discover more about why he disappeared without aging and learn more about the UFO.
  • David’s less than cooperative with Faraday’s people, but makes friends with Sarah Jessica Parker.
  • Personally, I’d have thought it’d be cool if she had been Jennifer Bradley grown up and working as an intern, but she’s actually named Carolyn McAdams.
  • So that connection was blown.
  • Anyway, the spaceship seemingly calls to David and provides him with a way to sneak out of his room at the base.
  • He gets to the hangar where the ship is being kept and wacky adventures with Pee Wee Herman ensue!
  • No, really, the ship’s AI (Max) is voiced by Paul Reubens.
  • Apparently, David was abducted by Max back in 1978 and due to whole theory of relativity, David was only gone for a couple hours, but 8 years passed on earth.
  • Max needs David because the 90% of his brain that he doesn’t use is filled with star charts that will allow Max to navigate back to his homeworld.
  • Max explains that he has collected a number specimens from various alien worlds and plans to take them back in time to return them to their homes.
  • But he can’t do that with David because humans are too fragile.
  • David decides he doesn’t belong in 1986 and he’d rather risk dying in time travel than stay.
  • So Max takes him back to ’78 and, this being a Disney movie and all, he lives happily ever after.
  • My advice to David…
  • You had a pretty good connection with Carolyn McAdams when you were 12 and she was 20.
  • When you really do get to 1986, look her up and figure out how to talk to the girl.
  • If you wanna learn to swim, you gotta jump in the water.

A to Z Challenge - FThanks for tuning in to Day Six of the 2020 A to Z Challenge! If you like Disney movies, then stick with me for the rest of the month. I’ll be doing a movie beginning with each letter of the alphabet each day (except Sundays) all month. And I’ll try to give hints about the next day’s movie in case you want to take a guess in the comments.

Clues for tomorrow’s movie are that it begins with a G and it’s a Disney movie. Just kidding… This time we’re still in the ’80s, but we’re back to animation. As far as I’m concerned, this one is another underrated gem in the Disney vault. The source material was heavily influenced by the stories of Sherlock Holmes, if that helps. Any guesses?


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