July 30 in Sci-Fi History: Flight of the Navigator

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Sep 3, 2019, 7:20 AM EDT (Updated)

Off the wild success of E.T. in 1982, The Walt Disney Company really doubled down on a series of live-action movies for kids with some kind of space theme. With limited success.

One of their finest attempts, however, was Flight of the Navigator, which premiered on this day in 1986.

The movie had time travel, the voice of Pee-wee Herman as the robot on the spaceship, adorable creatures, and a bad guy with good intentions played by Howard Hesseman.

Rumors abound that the movie will be remade by Disney, and every now and then exciting flashes pop up to get everyone excited ... only to have our hopes dashed months later when we hear the project's been scrapped. We remain hopeful.

Today also happens to be the birthday of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Born on this day in 1947, Schwarzenegger rose to fame in the 1980s because he was an enormous bodybuilder. Cast in the surprisingly popular Conan the Barbarian (1982), Schwarzenegger drew the attention of James Cameron, who then cast him as The Terminator (1984). One thing led to another and then he was the governor of California.

Happy birthday, Arnold. You've had a weird life so far.

Tomorrow: The birth of Hogwarts.