"My recollection is that it was definitely a movie, though I no longer remember exactly why I thought that.
Clearly, for this to "clip" to have stuck with me for so long something in it must have resonated with me personally.
"That's a good guess -- thanks! I actually ended up purchasing Flight of the Navigator some years ago thinking it might have been the movie, but alas it wasn't.
In the movie I'm trying to identify, the spaceship is much much bigger,…"
"Getting started with my summer movie viewing ...
Star Trek Into Darkness - This is a pretty good action movie but unfortunately it's a pretty shitty Star Trek movie. JJ Abrams had 4 years to write this crap and all he came up with…"