"Flight of the Navigator"
The Other Worlds Film Festival will host a 35th anniversary screening of Flight of the Navigator at 5 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Galaxy Theatres Austin with director Randal Kleiser in attendance. In the 1986 Walt Disney family sci-fi adventure, 12-year-old David Freeman wakes up from a nasty fall to discover he has been missing for almost a decade without having aged a single day. David soon learns he spent 2.2 hours—the equivalent of eight Earth years—traveling the galaxy in an alien spacecraft. But the spacecraft sustains damage during the return trip to Earth. So the spacecraft’s A.I. commander, “Max,” must retrieve the information it stored inside David’s mind in order to return to its home world. Flight of the Navigator stars Joey Cramer as David and Paul Reubens as the voice of Max. The Other Worlds Film Festival will honor director Randal Kleiser with its annual “Defender of the Universe” Award for Flight of the Navigator and his work in virtual reality that dates back to the Disney Parks 4D attraction Honey, I Shrunk the Audience as well as in augmented reality, which includes “Grease AR.” Randal Kleiser will also host the “Storytelling in the Time of VR and AR” workshop at 10 a.m., Dec. 4 at the Galaxy Theatres Austin. Randal Kleiser also directed Grease, The Blue Lagoon, Summer Lovers, Grandview, USA, Big Top Pee-wee, Getting it Right, White Fang, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, It’s My Party, Shadow of a Doubt, Love Wrecked, and Red Riding Hood. He also directed the John Travolta 1976 TV movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble. He appeared in the 2020 documentary Life After the Navigator about Flight of the Navigator.
Aired: Dec. 2, 2021.