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Flight of the Navigator

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Randal Kleiser
Produced by Dimitri Villard
Robbie Wald
Written by Mark H. Baker
Michael Burton
Matt MacManus
Starring Joey Cramer
Paul Mall (Reubens)
Veronica Cartwright
Cliff De Young
Sarah Jessica Parker
Matt Adler
Howard Hesseman
Albie Whitaker
Music by John Farrar
Alan Silvestri
Cinematography James Glennon
Editing by Jeff Gourson
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release date(s) July 30, 1986
Running time 90 min.
Country Flag of the United States United States
Flag of Norway Norway
Language English
IMDb profile

Flight of the Navigator is a 1986 Disney science fiction film about a boy, David, who is somehow transported in time eight years into the future without aging. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Randal Kleiser (born July 20, 1946 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American film director and producer. ... Joey Cramer as David in Flight of the Navigator Joey Cramer (born August 23, 1973 in Vancouver, British Columbia) was a child actor in the United States during the mid 1980s, most notable for his role as the main character in Flight of the Navigator. ... Paul Reubens (born Paul Rubenfeld on August 27, 1952) is an American actor, writer, and comedian, known professionally for his character Pee-wee Herman. ... Veronica Cartwright (born April 20, 1950 in Bristol, England) is an actress. ... Cliff de Young is an American actor and musician, born Clifford Tobin DeYoung in Los Angeles, California on February 12, 1945. ... Sarah Jessica Parker (born March 25, 1965) is an American actress producer, with a portfolio of television, movie, and theater performances. ... Howard Hesseman (born February 27, 1940) is an American actor. ... The cover of Farrars self-titled album. ... Alan Silvestri (b. ... James Glennon, ASC (born 29 August 1942 in Los Angeles, California), is an American cinematographer working on feature motion pictures including as Director of Photography of the American unit for Return Of The Jedi, Citizen Ruth, Election, About Schmidt and others including El Norte. ... Jeff Gourson is a film editor and producer. ... The Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group is a collection of affiliated motion picture studios, all subsidaries of The Walt Disney Company. ... is the 211th day of the year (212th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Norway. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Old logo from 1985-2006 Walt Disney Pictures refers to several different entities associated with The Walt Disney Company: Walt Disney Pictures, the film banner, was established as a designation in 1983, prior to which Disney films since the death of Walt Disney were released under the name of the... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... This article is about motion pictures. ...


Tagline: Take off on the ultimate fantasy adventure! A tagline is a variant of a branding slogan typically used in marketing materials and advertising. ...

Contents

Story

David Scott Freeman (Joey Cramer) is an average twelve-year-old American boy living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1978. On the night of July 4, his parents ask him to go retrieve his younger brother Jeff from a friend's house on the other side of the woods that are behind his house. While in the woods, David falls down an embankment into a ravine and is knocked unconscious. He awakes after what seems like a few moments, and returns home, only to find that it is now inhabited by an elderly couple and not his parents. The couple turns David over to the police who find an eight-year-old missing persons report on David. David's parents and brother are found to be now living in a different house in Ft. Lauderdale, and are eight years older. David quickly learns that the year he is now in is the year 1986 and everything has changed but him. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Joey Cramer as David in Flight of the Navigator Joey Cramer (born August 23, 1973 in Vancouver, British Columbia) was a child actor in the United States during the mid 1980s, most notable for his role as the main character in Flight of the Navigator. ... Nickname: Coordinates: , Country State County Broward Established 27 March 1911 Government  - Type Commission-Manager  - Mayor Jim Naugle Area  - City  36. ... is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


By this time a subplot has begun, involving an alien spacecraft that has crashed into some power lines. NASA agents convince the police that the craft is theirs and take it back to their base. The NASA workers find the ship seamless and impenetrable. This article is about the American space agency. ...


David has meanwhile been taken to hospital to try to determine where he has been for the last eight years, and, most importantly, why he has not aged. The scientists have begun performing tests on his brain and find it to be filled with information on the same spacecraft that is at the NASA base. David is uncomfortable about the tests, but is convinced by the scientists to allow them to take him to the same base as the strange ship and keep him for 48 hours to continue the tests. David is connected to a machine, whereupon further scans reveal that his brain is full of alien data and star charts. The scientists are also able to query David's brain directly, without requiring David's permission.

Joey Cramer as David

David hears the ship calling to him in his mind, but he does not know who it is. An intern named Carolyn McAdams (Sarah Jessica Parker), befriends him and he tells her to let his parents know that they plan to keep him longer than promised. The mysterious ship sends a service robot to David's room, and instructs David to climb into it. The robot is ubiquitous throughout the base so it is ignored by security. The robot takes David to the hangar where the ship is stored. As if made of liquid metal, an opening and stairway appear on the underside of the hovering spacecraft, revealed to be a Trimaxion Drone Ship, and David climbs inside. Picture of Joey Cramer from Flight of the Navigator This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ... Picture of Joey Cramer from Flight of the Navigator This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ... Sarah Jessica Parker (born March 25, 1965) is an American actress producer, with a portfolio of television, movie, and theater performances. ... Hangars can be used to hold airplanes, airships and helicopters. ...


Once inside the ship, he meets its robotic pilot, whom he nicknames Max (voice by Paul Reubens who is credited as "Paul Mall"). Max is attached to the interior like a periscope and moves along tracks on the ceiling, walls and floors, and insists on referring to David as "Navigator." They escape the NASA base somewhat haphazardly, only to stop at a cow pasture, then hide in the Gulf of Mexico. Max informs David that his mission was to travel the galaxy, collect specimens, and take them back to his home planet of Phaelon for analysis. After this, he would return the specimens to the exact place and time from which they were taken. Paul Reubens (born Paul Rubenfeld on August 27, 1952) is an American actor, writer, and comedian, known professionally for his character Pee-wee Herman. ... Principle of the periscope. ... For general information about the genus, including other species of cattle, see Bos. ... Gulf of Mexico in 3D perspective. ...


Max's analysers had discovered that humans only use 10% of their brain. As an experiment they abducted David at random and filled his brain with information. The only problem that occurred with this procedure is that David's brain "leaked" inexplicably. Max then returned David to Earth, but did not take him back to his proper time, fearing that humans were too delicate for time travel. Upon trying to leave Earth and return to Phaelon, Max was distracted by some daisies, and accidentally crashed the ship into a power line. The crash erased all the star charts and data necessary for returning home from the ship's computer; hence, Max needs the information placed in David's brain to complete his mission and return to Phaelon. The human brain controls the central nervous system (CNS), by way of the cranial nerves and spinal cord, the peripheral nervous system (PNS) and regulates virtually all human activity. ... For other uses, see Brain (disambiguation). ... Look up Daisy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Max performs a mind transfer of David's brain to extract the information. Max's personality and voice immediately change, becoming less robotlike and more human and erratic (similar to Reubens' Pee-wee Herman persona). He starts calling David "Davey", recites some things David's parents said and sings the McDonald's Big Mac Jingle (Two all beef patties...). Max figures that he must have extracted additional information out of David's brain besides the navigational data he needed. It is left to the viewer to assume that Max has acquired part of David's personality, and in fact, knows only what little of Earth that David knows, and he incidentally, had received a "D" in Geography. Paul Reubens (born Paul Rubenfeld on August 27, 1952) is an American actor, writer, and comedian, known professionally for his character Pee-wee Herman. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


David and Max travel the Earth trying to decide what to do next, tracked and chased by NASA all the way, and get quite lost in the process. Upon returning to his home in Fort Lauderdale and seeing the NASA people waiting for him, David decides that he cannot stay in 1986 because they will treat him like a guinea pig for the rest of his life. David bids his family goodbye and tells Max that he must return to his own time. David knows that there is a risk of being vaporized, but insists that Max take him back. After the trip through time to July 4, 1978, he awakens in the woods, makes his way home, and finds everything the way he left it before he was abducted – except for a small souvenir pet he brought along from his journey. This article is about the species Cavia porcellus. ... is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ...


Background information

The Trimaxion Drone Ship escapes a NASA hangar. This scene is one of the most successful early uses of CGI in a feature film

When the film was initially released in the summer of 1986 it came and went at the box office, grossing only around $18 million; however, in later years it went on to become somewhat of a cult classic by Generation Y who remembered the film as kids in the 1980s. The film also marked the beginning of a renaissance for Disney's live action film branch which had spent most of the decade in financial trouble. Image File history File links cover of flight of the navigator File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links cover of flight of the navigator File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Computer-generated imagery (commonly abbreviated as CGI) is the application of the field of computer graphics (or more specifically, 3D computer graphics) to special effects in films, television programs, commercials, simulators and simulation generally, and printed media. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... Look up Generation Y in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Many had seen in the movie trailer that a silver acorn-shaped vessel would constitute the Alien spacecraft, called a Trimaxion Drone Ship by Max. The movie opens with the shot of such a vessel flying across the Miami skyline but a dog suddenly catches the object revealing it to actually be a silver Frisbee. In the trailer, Max had a different voice than that of Paul Reubens as well. [1] Since 1989, the two ship shells that were used for filming have been located on the Backlot Tour at the Disney-MGM Studios theme park. Trinomial name Canis lupus familiaris The dog (Canis lupus familiaris) is a domestic subspecies of the wolf, a mammal of the Canidae family of the order Carnivora. ... A Wham-O Professional Frisbee For the amusement ride, see Frisbee (ride). ... Disney-MGM Studios is a theme park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA. The third park to open at the resort, it debuted on May 1, 1989. ...


Visual Effects Innovations

Released at the dawn of 3D animation technology, Flight of the Navigator was the world's first 35mm feature film to use environment mapping, creating the illusion of a chrome object occupying a live-action frame, considered by many to still hold up to today's standards. The CG shots were produced by Omnibus Graphics, one of the first computer animation companies, responsible for most of the classic advertising 3D animation of the 80's, such as the Coca Cola commercial featuring robots moving through a factory assembly line. An example of reflection mapping. ... This article is about the beverage. ...


Contrary to popular belief, CGI was not used to depict the suspended steps leading into the ship. The effect of the door liquefying to form the steps was achieved through stop-motion animation by creating a series of metallic sculptures for every frame of the animation. The suspended steps appeared to support David's weight with a simple optical illusion. The steps were mounted on thin beams which were angled in such a way that the steps themselves hid the beams from the camera's lens. This arrangement even allowed for slight camera movement as can be seen the first time David climbs the steps. Also note that when David presses on the middle step, all the steps move slightly. Computer-generated imagery (commonly abbreviated as CGI) is the application of the field of computer graphics (or more specifically, 3D computer graphics) to special effects in films, television programs, commercials, simulators and simulation generally, and printed media. ... Stop motion is an animation technique which makes things that are static appear to be moving. ...


The two full-scale spaceship hulls used in most of the shots throughout the film (one with an open entrance, the other - sealed) were constructed out of thin, curved sheets of wood over a metal framework and finished with primer and reflective paint. Since production, both hulls are stored and periodically displayed alongside other movie vehicles at the Walt Disney World MGM Studios theme park (Orlando) where they have steadily deteriorated over the years.


Soundtrack

The music score for the film was composed by Alan Silvestri. It is distinct from Silvestri's other scores in being entirely electronically generated, using the Synclavier, one of the first digital synthesisers and samplers. Alan Silvestri (b. ... Synclavier I The Synclavier System was an early digital synthesizer and sampler, manufactured by New England Digital. ...

  1. Theme from "Flight of the Navigator"
  2. Main Title
  3. The Ship Beckons
  4. David In The Woods
  5. Robot Romp
  6. Transporting The Ship
  7. Ship Drop
  8. "Have To Help a Friend"
  9. The Shadow Universe
  10. Flight
  11. Finale
  12. Star Dancing

Trivia

  • The Navigator is an alternate title.
  • The theatrical trailer features a voice different from Paul Reubens for Max.
  • The music video that is briefly shown in David's room at the NASA facility is Blancmange's "Lose Your Love."
  • Paul Reubens would later provide the voice of Captain Rex on the Star Wars ride Star Tours.
  • Max, the ship computer speaks in Bulgarian. When David enters the ship and takes the pilot seat Max says "Vnimanie! Oblegni se! Chui me!" (Внимание! Облегни се! Чуй ме!) which means "Attention! Sit back! Listen to me!".
  • The fictional planet Phaelon, Max's home planet, is exactly 560 light-years away from Earth. It takes Max 2.2 solar hours to return to Phaelon.
  • There are a few references to other works by Randal Kleiser. "You're the One That I Want" from Grease plays on the car radio in the beginning of the film. Also, David later wonders why his favorite show Starsky and Hutch is no longer on TV.
  • A gas station attendant says, "He just wanted to phone home," as the space ship takes off. This is an obvious reference to E.T.
  • The dog that catches the silver frisbee in the opening sequence is the 1984 Frisbee Dog World Champion, Whirlin' Wizard.
  • The opening scene with the dogs catching Frisbee's was filmed on the 79th Street Causeway in a grass field alongside WSVN studios in Miami.
  • The tee shirt worn by the girl at the restroom is for EPCOT Center, the then-new Disney theme park in Florida.

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Paul Reubens (born Paul Rubenfeld on August 27, 1952) is an American actor, writer, and comedian, known professionally for his character Pee-wee Herman. ... Blancmange were a synthpop band in the 1980s. ... Paul Reubens (born Paul Rubenfeld on August 27, 1952) is an American actor, writer, and comedian, known professionally for his character Pee-wee Herman. ... This article is about the series. ... Star Tours is a simulator ride located in many of the Disney theme parks, including Disneyland in California, Disney-MGM Studios in Florida, Disneyland Park in Paris, and Tokyo Disneyland in Japan. ... A light-year, symbol ly, is the distance light travels in one year: exactly 9. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Randal Kleiser (born July 20, 1946 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American film director and producer. ... Youre The One That I Want is a song written by John Farrar for the 1978 film version of the musical Grease. ... a Newton-John]] Stockard Channing Jeff Conaway Eve Arden | director = Randal Kleiser | producer = Cam & Robert Stigwood | distributor = Paramount Pictures | music = John FarrarBarry GibbLouis St. ... For the film, see Starsky & Hutch (film). ... For the Atari 2600 video game based on the movie, see E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Atari 2600). ... WSVN is the FOX-affiliated television station for South Florida. ... Spaceship Earth, as seen from outside the vistors entrance. ...

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