The Swiss Family RobinsonDirector: Ken Annakin
None of the many cinemadaptations of Johan Wyss' The Swiss Family Robinson are as relentlessly enjoyable as this 1960 Disney feature. The film wastes no time getting down to business, with the shipwreck of the Robinson family occurring as the credits flash across the screen. Fashioning a raft, the family heads to a lush tropical island. While the mother (Dorothy McGuire) isn't too happy about being a castaway, the father (John Mills) and the sons (James MacArthur, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran) are thrilled at the prospect of carving out a new life for themselves. In short order, the industrious Robinsons have constructed a treehouse with all the creature comforts and "utilities" of their home in Switzerland. Later on, the little party is joined by Janet Munro, the daughter of a sea captain who has been captured by pirate Sessue Hayakawa and his band. After a series of adventures calculated to arouse the envy of every man, woman and child in the audience, the film comes to a rousing conclusion as the Robinsons resourcefully fend off Hayakawa and his pirates with a variety of jerry-built booby traps. A box-office winner to the tune of $30 million, The Swiss Family Robinson proved beyond doubt that Disney's decision to emphasize the humor and adventure of the Wyss original, while downplaying the sociopolitical undertones, was a sound one.
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- Walt Disney Video
Cast & Crew
|John Mills||Mr. Robinson|
|Dorothy McGuire||Mother Robinson|
|James MacArthur||Fritz Robinson|
|Sessue Hayakawa||Pirate Chief|
|Tommy Kirk||Ernst Robinson|
|Cecil Parker||Capt. Moreland|
|Kevin Corcoran||Francis Robinson|
|Milton Reid||Big Pirate|
|William Alwyn||Score Composer|
|Rene Dupont||Asst. Director|
|Julie Harris||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Lowell S. Hawley||Screenwriter|
|John Howell||Production Designer|
|Basil Keys||Associate Producer|
|Danny Lee||Special Effects|
|Eustace Lycett||Special Effects|
|Muir Mathieson||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Jack Stephens||Set Decoration/Design|
|Walter Stones||Special Effects|
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Like most kids my age, I was perfectly willing to abandon life as I knew it and find a way to purposely maroon myself on an uncharted tropical island, understanding as I did that this would entail living in the equivalent of Malibu James Bond's Beach House. Everything about the movie made it seem like the destiny of every child with imagination was to create a world of tree houses and coconut grenades - what's the lethality of a coconut fragmentation explosive, anyway? It had all the elements of that other Disney classic, Peter Pan, sans the flying and magic, only live action. It all seemed so real! The wonderful treehouse, the island, the race, and the defense against the pirates are all very prominent memories in my childhood, and anytime I get to feeling nostalgic, I put it in the player and live the dream again.
Not sure what it is about this movie, my kids love it back in the 80's, watching in repeatedly. Finally found a copy in 2009. My grans LOVE this movie as much as their parents!
Another wonderful family movie. This adventure movie will entertain the adults and children in your family. It is great fun to follow this family on their unexpected adventure.
I think Swiss Family Robinson is a wonderful Disney Classic for the whole family.
I think that Swiss Family Robinson is very interesting and exciting. One of my best parts is when they built the treehouse. I also think it has a very good ending. The actors are very good. The pirate scenes are scary!