photo manipulation by nacrowe
i remember back in the early 90s in SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, probably around the time of early elementary school, repeatedly renting this FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR (WALT DISNEY PICTURES, 1986) on VHS (showing my age here) and watching it nonstop.
its about a kid that while searching for his brother in the woods, returns home to find that it is 8 years later and he hasn't aged. while being put in a research lab for further testing by the government, he discovers a kinetic, telegraphic connection to a newly discovered, highly secret alien spaceship. being called towards it by a mysterious force he enters it and is told by the ship that he is its new captain.
as a kid, i believe this film hit home partly because of its subplot of parental abandonment and familial disconnect (any young child's worst fear) as well as its then-wildly intense special effects which no doubt are indebted to STAR WARS and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND. as an adult i know that such plot devices are part of their formula (seriously, can you think of any disney animated film where the nuclear family is not dismantled?), but this film definitely holds up. there are some amazing performances by the likes of PAUL REUBENS and SARAH JESSICA PARKER (her first film).
i highly recommend this film despite the fact that the its wow-factor has diminished considerably. for me it takes me back to when i first experienced films and was caught up under their spell. must be the same for others because in recent years this film has been referenced by artists of my generation including CHILDISH GAMBINO.