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Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

Swiss Family Robinson




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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.more
Rating: G
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Lowell S. Hawley
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 7, 2002
Buena Vista Pictures


John Mills
as Father
Janet Munro
as Roberta
Sessue Hayakawa
as Pirate Chief
Cecil Parker
as Capt. Moreland
Andy Ho
as Auban
Milton Reid
as Big Pirate
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Critic Reviews for Swiss Family Robinson

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (2)

The Swiss Family Robinson, like most of Walt Disney's screen versions of the children's classics, is good Disney and bad culture.

Full Review… | March 9, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

It's hard to imagine how the picture could be better as a rousing, humorous and gentle-hearted tale of family love amid primitive isolation and dangers.

Full Review… | May 10, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

...a crudely calibrated series of 'thrills,' each timed for maximum sustained interest.

Full Review… | September 5, 2014

Mild peril, dated animation in tale of island survival.

Full Review… | July 2, 2012
Common Sense Media

Good intro for kids reluctant to watch old movies.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

There's something for everybody in this Disney's live action adventure made for the entire family, which may explain why it was the most commercially popular film of 1960.

Full Review… | August 7, 2010

Audience Reviews for Swiss Family Robinson


Next to 20,000 Leagues, I would say that this is one of Disney's best live action movies of the time. It's such a fun movie with everything you love about adventure. Pirates, tree houses, animal races, etc. It's just an extremely rich story that is told beautifully, there's no way you can't love this movie.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

I'm kinda fond of this one.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

yes i know it's corny but i still want to live in a treehouse!

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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