2 year old David falls into a ravine in the woods and discovers when he wakes up that he's been missing for eight years. He also discovers that he's hearing voices that seem to come from a mysterious craft housed in a NASA hangar.
My two cents worth: In a time when all the live action Disney movies seem to be a variant on "I was normal but just discovered I am/have just been mistaken for royalty/merperson/rock star/leprechaun/etc., this movie from the 1980's is a real breath of fresh air.
The scenario, waking up and discovering that everything except you has changed, and knowing you'll be somebody's idea of a guinea pig for the rest of your life, is instantly relatable and creepy, whether you're a kid or an adult. The kid fainting, the change in the two brother's relationship due to the age flop, parents trying to protect their son, government trying to exploit the kid's knowledge, everyone's reactions to the situation are all logical and believable.
And who hasn't wanted a chance to fly a saucer? Having Max, the ship's pilot, be a robot was another stroke of brilliance. So many movies have the aliens flying all the way here to come visit us face to face. But if we send machines to other planets because it's cheaper than going ourselves, why wouldn't they? And having him learn about Earth courtesy of a 12-year-old's TV polluted brain was hysterical.
Cast(Cast overview, first billed only)
Joey Cramer ... David Scott Freeman
Paul Reubens ... Trimaxion/Max (voice) (as Paul Mall)
Veronica Cartwright ... Helen Freeman
Cliff De Young ... Bill Freeman
Sarah Jessica Parker ... Carolyn McAdams
Matt Adler ... Jeff Freeman, 16 Years
Howard Hesseman ... Dr. Faraday
Robert Small ... Troy
Albie Whitaker ... Jeff Freeman, 8 Years
Jonathan Sanger ... Dr. Carr
Iris Acker ... Mrs. Howard
Richard Liberty ... Mr. Howard
Raymond Forchion ... Detective Banks
Cynthia Caquelin ... Woman Officer
Ted Bartsch ... Night Guard Brayton
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Format: Color, DVD-Video, Surround Sound, Widescreen, NTSC
Region: Region 1
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Walt Disney Video
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
Run Time: 90 minutes