Originally an independent film. The main production company, Producers Sales Organisation (PSO), put up two-thirds of the budget, while the rest came from Viking Film, a Norwegian company. Walt Disney Pictures picked up all rights for this film for North America, becoming the first distribution deal for the studio under new management led by Michael Eisner.
MAX, the ship's computer, speaks Bulgarian. When David enters the ship and takes the pilot seat, MAX says "Attention! Crois-moi! Assieds-toi! Vnimanie! Oblegni se! Chui me!" which means "Attention! Believe me! Sit down!" in French then "Attention! Sit back! Listen to me!" in Bulgarian.
When MAX and David stop behind the car to ask for directions, the song heard in the car is a fragment of "Trapped In My Mind", composed by David Kitay and Guy Moon, and performed by Kitay himself specifically for the movie, so a full version of this song does not exist.
When MAX, the ship's computer describes the animals on board, he says "That is a Feenastarus from the Pixar Elliptic". Five years later, Disney teamed up with Pixar, a fledgling special-effects computer company.
When MAX and David stop behind the car full of music listeners and asks for directions, MAX (played by Paul Reubens) asks if those were "geeks." "Geek" is exactly how Paul Reubens' most famous character, Pee Wee Herman, was described.
The trivia item below may give away important plot points.
David's flight to Phaelon and back took "4.4 Solar Hours," while 8 years have passed on Earth, indicating that time was slowed down for David by a factor of about 16,000, which corresponds to a speed of about 99.9999998% the speed of light.