History Film / FlightOfTheNavigator

11th Apr '16 4:20:06 PM TitoMosquito
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** In the middle of the movie, the young adult Jeff apologizes to the still-12 David for all the crap he gave him.



* ArtisticLicensePhysics: When the ship travels 20 miles straight up, David floats up to the ceiling as if in microgravity. In reality, at 20 miles up the Earth's gravity is pretty much just as strong as on the surface (astronauts float because they ''are'' falling along with the ship or space station around -- it's just that they are traveling sideways fast enough that the Earth curves away beneath them so they never end up hitting the ground).

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* ArtisticLicensePhysics: When the ship travels 20 miles straight up, David floats up to the ceiling as if in microgravity. In reality, at 20 miles up the Earth's gravity is pretty much just as strong as on the surface (astronauts float because they ''are'' falling along with the ship or space station around -- it's just that they are traveling sideways fast enough that the Earth curves away beneath them so they never end up hitting the ground). Though this is probably ignored for RuleOfFunny.



** After absorbing some of the information in David's head, Max briefly starts talking like [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Scotty]]

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** After absorbing some of the information in David's head, Max briefly starts talking like [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Scotty]]Scotty]].



* WhatYearIsThis: {{Inverted}}. David, who's unaware he's traveled 8 years into the future, is asked this by the police.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Before David was abducted, he was watching a girl he likes through his telescope. She wasn't brought up again, even after he reappeared 8 years later.
* WhatYearIsThis: {{Inverted}}. David, who's unaware he's traveled 8 years into the future, is asked this by the suspicious police.



-->''"See ya later, Navigator! [[Creator/PaulReubens Ha ha!]]"''

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-->''"See ya later, Navigator! [[Creator/PaulReubens Ha ha!]]"''
21st Feb '16 12:16:42 PM migmit
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* TheyWouldCutYouUp: Not ''literally'', but Max realizes he would never be able to live a normal life if he stays in the 80's with the government hounding him, and risks being vaporized to go back.

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* TheyWouldCutYouUp: Not ''literally'', but Max David realizes he would never be able to live a normal life if he stays in the 80's with the government hounding him, and risks being vaporized to go back.
27th Dec '15 1:11:05 AM Mikeyfan93
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* HeyItsThatVoice: The spaceship's AI is voiced by one Paul Reubens, more widely known by the name of his famous character "Pee Wee Herman".[[note]]However, he is credited under a pseudonym.[[/note]]



* TroubledProduction: The (for the time) cutting edge CGI work was done using the [[http://dave.zfx.com/f1.html Super Foonly]], a completely unique one-of-a-kind supercomputer based on the PDP-10 mainframe and which had previously been used for some of the CG in Tron. This machine was by the standards of the day rather powerful, but it barely had enough memory for the animation frame currently being rendered and the one being printed to film. A 30 second animation sequence would take a full 10 days of computation and printing to complete. The Foonly was also an extremely balky prototype that suffered continuous technical problems and glitches. The most severe of these was when the system's RAID array suffered a head crash in the middle of one of those 10 day rendering runs, completely destroying the drives (and these were huge things that resembled a top-loading washing machine!). All data was lost, the drive heads were toast and it happened on a holiday weekend so there were no service technicians available to replace them. Once the drives were functional again, the software stack had to be reinstalled from scratch, which itself was a pretty fraught operation given that the system was effectively a pre-production prototype, and had to be done from tape and took days to complete. Then the lost rendering run had to be restarted. The system's custodian had the following to say about this:
--> I remember about a three day period when I would drive home and try to sleep for a few hours only to drive back and try to get running again. The really awful thing was that I kept seeing big billboard signs on the way in advertising Flight of the Navigator, saying "coming next week!". "We hope!" I would mutter to myself.
27th Dec '15 1:06:55 AM Mikeyfan93
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''Flight of the Navigator'' is a 1986 live-action sci-fi film from Walt Disney Pictures and Producers Sales Organization (''Film/TheNeverendingStory'', ''Film/ShortCircuit''[[note]]which was released the same year[[/note]]). David Freeman, a 12-year-old boy living in 1978, falls into a ravine after searching for his younger brother, and comes to eight years into the future -- everyone has aged but him and he's apparently been ''gone'' all that time. An analysis of his brain reveals hidden schematics and star charts, and David later discovers an alien spaceship that was captured by NASA around the same time he was found. Now he must work with its computer program, which he later calls Max, to figure out what happened to him and get back home.

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''Flight of the Navigator'' is a 1986 live-action sci-fi film from Walt Disney Pictures and Producers Sales Organization (''Film/TheNeverendingStory'', ''Film/ShortCircuit''[[note]]which was released the same year[[/note]]). David Freeman, a 12-year-old boy living in 1978, falls into a ravine after searching for his younger brother, and comes to wakes up eight years into the future later -- everyone has aged but him and he's apparently been ''gone'' all that time. An analysis of his brain reveals hidden schematics and star charts, and David later discovers an alien spaceship that was captured by NASA around the same time he was found. Now he must work with its computer program, which he later calls Max, to figure out what happened to him and get back home.
23rd Dec '15 12:51:52 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* TheGovernment: The staff of the NASA facility decide to keep David virtually imprisoned indefinitely without regard for the consequences when they realize how much alien data is contained in David's brain.

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* TheGovernment: The staff of TheGhost: Almost nothing about the NASA facility decide to keep David virtually imprisoned indefinitely without regard for the consequences when they realize how much alien data is contained in David's brain.residents of Phaelon are revealed, other than their technology.


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* LawfulStupid: More like Lawful Immoral. The staff of the NASA facility decide to keep David virtually imprisoned indefinitely without regard for the consequences when they realize how much alien data is contained in David's brain.


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* TheyWouldCutYouUp: Not ''literally'', but Max realizes he would never be able to live a normal life if he stays in the 80's with the government hounding him, and risks being vaporized to go back.
11th Nov '15 11:05:55 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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** Inverted with David. He comes home and finds his family no longer lives there, and everything has changed. Any kid watching understands immediately why David breaks down crying from the confusion and panic that hits him in that moment.

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** Inverted with David. He comes home and finds his family no longer lives there, and everything has changed. Any kid watching understands immediately why David breaks down crying from the confusion and confusion, panic and terror that hits him in that moment.all at once.
11th Nov '15 11:04:27 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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** Inverted with David. He comes home and finds his family no longer lives there, and everything has changed. Any kid watching understands immediately why David would break down crying from the confusion and fear that hits him in those moments.

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** Inverted with David. He comes home and finds his family no longer lives there, and everything has changed. Any kid watching understands immediately why David would break breaks down crying from the confusion and fear panic that hits him in those moments.that moment.
11th Nov '15 11:02:20 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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** Inverted with David. He comes home and finds his family no longer lives there, and everything has changed.

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** Inverted with David. He comes home and finds his family no longer lives there, and everything has changed. Any kid watching understands immediately why David would break down crying from the confusion and fear that hits him in those moments.
6th Aug '15 6:21:48 PM jormis29
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* BadFuture: For David, anyway. NASA only treating him like a test subject, earlier on, he learns that [[spoiler:he was declared legally dead]].

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* BadFuture: For David, anyway. NASA only treating him like a test subject, earlier on, he learns that [[spoiler:he was declared legally dead]].LegallyDead]].
23rd Jul '15 7:46:49 PM AnotherGuy
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* TemperoalFishOutOfWater: Poor David.
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