Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.
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Escape to an island full of castaway comedy as Disney favorite Dick Van Dyke and Nancy Kwan star in this hilarious South Pacific adventure. Lt. Robin Crusoe (Van Dyke) is an all-thumbs Navy pilot who ditches his plane after engine trouble. He survives a riotous raft ride only to find himself marooned on a lush tropical island with a poker-playing chimp, a gadget-rich abandoned sub, and Wednesday (Kwan) -- a wild but beautiful native girl in exile for disobeying her overprotective father. You won't stop laughing as all the natives get restless in this paradise of clowning and chaos -- on DVD for the first time!|This is the only movie for which Walt Disney received a story credit (as Retlaw Yensid -- Walter Disney spelled backward).
Shortly after Dick Van Dyke played Bert in Mary Poppins, he starred as Lt. Robin Crusoe in this lesser known 1966 comedy, splendidly showcasing his myriad comedic talents in a South seas setting. Families who remember Van Dykes riotous romp as Navy-pilot-turned-island-native will appreciate this digital release of the original film. The laughs begin from the moment Crusoe is marooned at sea on a military-issue rubber raft and fights off a shark while reading a step-by-step survival guide. By the time he washes ashore on the island, discovers the wonders of bamboo, and stumbles upon a poker-playing astro-Chimp, audiences are given over to the gigglefest. Nancy Kwan, as Wednesday, adds to the merriment as the islands other castaway who plays a humorous game of charades with Crusoe before revealing her status as an exile, having escaped her overprotective father. With the battle cry, "Women have rights too," Crusoe and Wednesday prepare for the inevitable patriarchal showdown, a madcap misadventure. While special features are sorely lacking--such as an interview with Van Dyke--this decent family flick remains a rich Disney relic. (Ages 4 and older) --Lynn Gibson
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Lt. Robin Crusoe, USN was the film I remember seeing in the theater and wondering who that funny man was. This was before I had seen reruns of the Dick Van Dyke Show. Now, decades later, I have come to see that Dick was indeed a very funny man and his physical humor is what drives his most successful projects.
Seeing Robin Crusoe be stranded on an island and adapting over time to it is funny and still stands up almost 45 years later. Enjoy!
and our hero seems to do a good job of engineering in a domestic sort of way. Throw in an island girl running from
her overblown father and, well all sorts of new things happen. Disney does get a little dig in at the post war military
with the chimp receiving the reception instead of his rescuer. Still, a fun movie for everyone!