Swiss Family Robinson

Swiss Family Robinson
Swiss Family Robinson
  • G
  • 2h 6m
  • 1960
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This spectacular screen version of the literary classic SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON is full of breathtaking South Seas scenery, hundreds of exotic animals, and treacherous pirates. This heroic tale chronicles the courageous exploits of the Robinson family after they are shipwrecked on a deserted island. Using teamwork and ingenuity, they skillfully overcome the obstacles of nature and transform their new home into a "civilized" community. But the ultimate challenge lies ahead when a band of cutthroat pirates threaten to destroy the Robinson's Makeshift paradise. Capture the thrills, romance, and fun of this unforgettable film!

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TIME Magazine

The Swiss Family Robinson, like most of Walt Disney's screen versions of the children's classics,...

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Howard Thompson

It's hard to imagine how the picture could be better as a rousing, humorous and gentle-hearted tal...

June 21, 2017
Josh Larsen

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

June 25, 2017
Common Sense Media
Brian Costello

Mild peril, dated animation in tale of island survival.

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Good intro to older movies for kids; watch for stereotypes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Swiss Family Robinson is a 1960 Disney movie in which an 18th-century family on a boat bound for New Guinea shipwreck on a deserted island. Although there's no bloodshed, the violence looks real as the Robinsons do battle with a wide array of animals (sharks, tigers, snakes, etc.), as well as pirates. The pirates who attack the family appear as Asian stereotypes. A teen girl is stereotyped as a helpless damsel unable to survive in the wild without the help of the teen boys. The Robinsons fight, kill, and injure the pirates with swords, rifles, and a variety of improvised defenses such as homemade grenades, explosives, rocks, logs, and a pit occupied by a tiger. Animal lovers will dislike the way the youngest child captures wild animals to keep for himself. The teen brothers joke that by the time they get off the island, they won't care what age the women they see are.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action, Family
  • Release Date:December 21, 1960
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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