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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This two-disc set from Disney will please fans of the family-adventure Swiss Family Robinson. The DVD offers a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed captions on this release. Supplemental materials include: a commentary track recorded by actors Ken Annakin, Kevin Corcoran…  See more details below

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This two-disc set from Disney will please fans of the family-adventure Swiss Family Robinson. The DVD offers a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed captions on this release. Supplemental materials include: a commentary track recorded by actors Ken Annakin, Kevin Corcoran, Tommy Kirk, and James MacArthur; an animated short; an interview with James MacArthur; and a handful of vintage Disney materials. This is an excellent disc for fans of classic live-action Disney films.

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:
0786936143836
Original Release:
1960
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:06:00
Sales rank:
942

Special Features

Audio commentary with Ken Annakin, Tommy Kirk, James MacArthur, and Kevin Corcoran; Original theatrical animated short, "Sea Salts"; "Adventure in the Making"; Conversations with James MacArthur; "Pirates!"; "Swiss Family Treehouse"; Production archives; 1960 Disney studio album; Spanish-language track; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; THX-certified, THX Optimizer; Widescreen (2.35:1) original aspect ratio enhanced for 16x9 televisions

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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Swiss Family Robinson
1. Opening Credits
2. Rafting to Shore
3. A New World
4. Better To Use Your Head
5. Can I Keep the Elephant?
6. Treetop House
7. Everything We Need
8. Sailing Around the Coast
9. Pirates
10. A Girl!
11. Dangerous Route
12. Merry Christmas
13. Defense System
14. Shooting Lesson
15. Francis Gets His Tiger
16. The Pirates Return
17. No Deal
18. A Change of Plans

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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!