Swiss Family Robinson

The Swiss Family Robinson

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Director: Ken Annakin

Cast: John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur

     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
This must-own "Vault Disney" edition adds a wealth of extra material to the already significant lure of Swiss Family Robinson, the 1960 family classic based on the book by Johann Wyss. John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur, Tommy Kirk, and Kevin Corcoran star as the shipwrecked Robinsons, who make a new home and life for themselves as the sole human occupants of an island swarming with animal life, including elephants, ostriches, and tigers. As if taming these beasts weren't enough of a challenge, a band of pirates led by Sessue Hayakawa threaten the Robinsons (but prove no match for the family's ingenious booby traps). One of Disney's biggest hits and most enduring films, Swiss Family Robinson was directed by Ken Annakin (and yes, that is where the boy who would be Darth Vader got his name). This DVD set boasts a wealth of archival treasures, including the cartoon "Sea Salts," segments about the making of the film, a tour of the Swiss Family Treehouse, and fond audio commentary by Annakin, Kirk, MacArthur, and Corcoran. Other titles in the "Vault Disney" collection include Old Yeller, Pollyanna, and The Parent Trap. With themes of survival, adventure, and the importance of working together, this Disney classic remains a favorite with every family.
All Movie Guide
One of the most popular family adventure stories of all time is this novel by Johann Wyss about a shipwrecked nineteenth-century family's survival on a desert island. Filmed on a low budget for RKO in 1940, it was redone by Walt Disney 20 years later in typically pleasing Disney style. Combining charm, suspense, and ingenuity, The Swiss Family Robinson became a popular and enduring film. It was produced in Great Britain and starred the fatherly British actor John Mills as the Robinson patriarch. Tommy Kirk and Kevin Corcoran were among the young actors who used the film as a springboard to careers in film and television.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/07/2002
UPC:
0786936100136
Original Release:
1960
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Mills Mr. Robinson
Dorothy McGuire Mother Robinson
James MacArthur Fritz Robinson
Janet Munro Roberta
Sessue Hayakawa Pirate Chief
Tommy Kirk Ernst Robinson
Cecil Parker Capt. Moreland
Kevin Corcoran Francis Robinson
Andy Ho Auban
Milton Reid Big Pirate
Larry Taylor Pirate

Technical Credits
Ken Annakin Director
William Alwyn Score Composer
Bill Anderson Producer
Peter Boita Editor
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
Bill Lodge Makeup
Eustace Lycett Special Effects
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Stephens Set Decoration/Design
Walter Stones Special Effects
Harry Waxman Cinematographer

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The Swiss Family Robinson 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
mrodgers More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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I think Swiss Family Robinson is a wonderful Disney Classic for the whole family.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!