THE NAVIGATOR
1924, Cohen Media, 59 min, USA, Dir: Buster Keaton

Wealthy Rollo Treadway (Keaton) and Betsy, who has rejected his proposal of marriage, find themselves on the Navigator, a ship that Betsy's rich father has recently sold to a tiny country at war. When the Navigator drifts out to sea and grounds itself near a tropical island, Rollo and Betsy must not only learn to play house on the gigantic boat but fend off unhappy island natives who attack the vessel! One of the best of Keaton's career, THE NAVIGATOR is filled with unbeatable sight gags, including Buster's scuba-diving excursion with a giant squid, and a submarine that emerges at the perfect moment!


THE LAND BEFORE TIME
1988, Universal, 69 min, USA, Dir: Don Bluth

After a devastating tectonic plate-shifting disaster, five young dinosaurs - determined brontosaurus Littlefoot, headstrong triceratops Cera, babbling pterodactyl Petrie, adorable saurolophus Ducky and sleepy-eyed stegosaurus Spike - are left alone, and must embark on an incredible journey to reach their surviving family members. But Sharptooth, the tyrannosaurus rex responsible for the death of Littlefoot's mother (and one of the most terrifying villains in the history of animation), is never far away, and the little dinosaurs know they must confront the carnivorous monster before they can reach the utopian Great Valley. A wonderfully funny, sad and uplifting film about the search for family and the acceptance of difference, with resonant narration by Pat Hingle: “There had never been such a herd before. A long neck, a three-horn, a big mouth, a flyer and a spike-tail all together, all knowing that if they lost their way, they would starve or find themselves in Sharp Tooth's shadow.”


GALAXY QUEST
1999, Paramount, 102 min, USA, Dir: Dean Parisot

Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman star in this delightfully daft send-up of TV sci-fi. The has-been cast of a “Star Trek”-like television show are suddenly kidnapped by an alien race who believe their TV show broadcasts were real. Watch for subtle and not-so-subtle jabs at the Trek franchise and pop culture in general: The “rock monster” is a mock tribute to William Shatner, who reportedly desperately wanted rock monsters in THE FINAL FRONTIER but had to cut his vision due to budgetary limits, while the evil warlord Sarris was named after unforgiving film critic Andrew Sarris.


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