Flight Of The Navigator

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Flight Of The Navigator movie

“Flight of the Navigator” is a science fiction adventure film released by Walt Disney Pictures in 1986. The film follows the story of a 12-year-old boy named David Freeman, played by Joey Cramer, who mysteriously disappears from his family in 1978. He is presumed dead, but reappears eight years later, having not aged a day.

It is revealed that David was taken aboard an alien spacecraft named Max, which had been in a time warp. The spaceship’s artificial intelligence, Max, is voiced by Paul Reubens (also known as Pee-wee Herman). Max had taken David on a journey through space and time, resulting in his eight-year disappearance.

With the help of a NASA scientist named Dr. Louis Faraday, played by Howard Hesseman, David and Max embark on an adventure to unravel the mysteries of his time-traveling journey. Along the way, they encounter government agents who are interested in Max’s advanced technology and try to capture the spacecraft.

“Flight of the Navigator” was praised for its innovative special effects, especially the use of computer-generated imagery (CGI), which was groundbreaking for its time. The film was directed by Randal Kleiser and written by Michael Burton and Matt MacManus.

The movie received positive reviews from critics and was well-received by audiences. It gained a cult following over the years and is considered a beloved classic by fans of 1980s science fiction films.

“Flight of the Navigator” is a nostalgic and entertaining family-friendly film that combines elements of adventure, science fiction, and time travel. Its themes of friendship, curiosity, and the wonder of space exploration continue to resonate with audiences of all ages.

Fun Facts

  • “Flight of the Navigator” is a 1986 science fiction film produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It tells the story of a young boy named David who gets abducted by an alien spacecraft and embarks on a time-traveling adventure.
  • The film features cutting-edge visual effects for its time, particularly in the portrayal of the spaceship, known as Max. Max’s design and effects were innovative and contributed to the film’s appeal among young audiences.
Flight Of The Navigator

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $18.56 million
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  • Joey Cramer: David Freeman
  • Paul Reubens: the voice of Max
  • Cliff DeYoung: Bill Freeman
  • Veronica Cartwright: Helen Freeman
  • Matt Adler: Jeff Freeman
  • Albie Whitaker: eight-year-old Jeff Freeman
  • Sarah Jessica Parker: Carolyn McAdams
  • Howard Hesseman: Dr. Louis Faraday
  • Jonathan Sanger: Dr. Carr
  • Richard Liberty: Larry Howard
  • Iris Acker: Janet Howard
  • Raymond Forchion: Detective Banks
  • Keri Rogers: Jennifer Bradley


  • Director: Randal Kleiser
  • Producers: Dimitri Villard and Robert Wald
  • Music: Alan Silvestri

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I am founder and editor of DisneyNews.us. My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other site isDMR.