- Actors: John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur, Janet Munro, Sessue Hayakawa
- Directors: Ken Annakin
- Writers: Johann David Wyss, Lowell S. Hawley
- Producers: Basil Keys, Bill Anderson, Walt Disney
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, NTSC
- Language: English
- Rated: G (General Audience)
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Buena Vista Distribution Company
- VHS Release Date: May 7, 2002
- Run Time: 126 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (913 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00005RRG6
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,036 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Swiss Family Robinson [VHS]
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Directed by Ken Annakin, the movie was filmed on location on the caribbean island of Tobago. While the production went way over budget for a total cost of $4 million, Walt did not get upset with his production team at the time since the film was looking to be success when he reviewed clips from the set. As it turned out, with subsequent theatre releases, television, and video airing, the film has turned out to be one of the top-grossing films from Disney.
The tropical scenery is spectacular as they filmed all over the island; waterfalls, forests, grass plains, flowers, beaches, cliffs, mountains, oceans, streams, and much more. Contributing a tremendous amount to the exotic locale of the movie are animals, pirates, ships, and a tree house to beat all tree houses ever made.Read more ›
The mother, played by the lovely Dorothy McGuire, is always clean, perfectly groomed and coiffed. The father, played by the wonderful English actor, John Mills, is positively cheerful the entire film. Talk about optimism. His three sons, played by the hunky James MacArthur, the adorable Tommy Kirk, and the cute-as-a-button Kevin Corcoran, work tirelessly to make their new home into an island paradise.
In record time, they build a multi-level house to die for, high up in the trees. Somehow, they manage to get a pipe organ off the wrecked ship, ashore, and up into their multi-level tree house, so that they can sing Christmas Carols at the appropriate time. Kevin Corcoran even has a baby elephant for a pet, and they parade around their sculpted lawn which is surrounded by what appears to be a manicured, English country garden.
After a while, two of the boys set out on a home made sail boat to check the terrain around the island. They discover yet another casualty of the pirates' onslaught, delightfully played by Janet Munro. The two older boys are sweet on her, which causes a little fun loving tension. All is well, until the pirates come a-calling on the island, and all you know what breaks loose. Never fear. Rescue is on the way.
Who in their right mind, however, would ever want to be rescued from this magical island, where nothing can possibly go wrong, and everyone loves each other? Pure Disney fantasy, this film is a lot of fun to watch and, better yet, can be enjoyed by the whole family.
There's a documentary about making "Swiss Family Robinson" that is nearly 50 minutes long and contains interviews with Sir John Mills, James MacArthur, Tommy Kirk, and Kevin Corcoran. There's a commentary track with the latter three contributing comments about the film. There's an additional interview with MacArthur about his film work, the original theatrical trailer and television spots, radio spots, the entire story album that came out with the film, a Donald Duck cartoon, and more! If you like "Swiss Family Robinson," get this DVD -- even if you already have the VHS tape. It's worth it just to finally have a widescreen version of this family-friendly classic (the better to view the wonderful island vistas), even if you don't figure all of the wonderful extras into the bargain.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
bought for grandkids Christmas, this is stuff they should be watching instead of the new crap on tv and moviesPublished 3 days ago by C. Looney
A Classic Disney movie, that will be enjoyed for generations to come. Adventure, romance, pirates, animals, this movie has it all! Read morePublished 5 days ago by Jaime
I used to love this movie. I purchased it for my 2 sons. I want them to be fully educated in a variety of movies. Not just the modern day stuff. These movies are classics. Read morePublished 10 days ago by AshU2010
Love this classic! Had to watch this with our daughter before we head to Disney World this spring.Published 11 days ago by IllinoisMom
My Grandchildren from 6 to 14 absolutely love this movie as much as I do!Published 11 days ago by ValdaPal
I loved this movie as a kid and I love it now as an adult. My 6 year old, after watching for the first time, said it was her favorite movie. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Kindle Customer
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