Swiss Family Robinson: Vault Disney Collection
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One of Disney's biggest and most fondly remembered hits, the 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 Disney film!|The film was based on the book by Johann Wyss, written to preserve the tales he and his sons made up while imagining themselves in Robinson Crusoe's predicament. Not originally intended for publication, the narrative was later edited and illustrated by Wyss' descendants.|Filmed on the Caribbean island of Tobago, the motion picture's lavish preproduction planning and on-location shooting (22 weeks) resulted in a budget that exceeded $4 million, but the extraordinary box office returns, subsequent popular reissues, and release on home video in 1982 has made it one of Disney's top-grossing films.|There was one problem with the filming location of Tobago: it had no animals. Tropical birds, gulls, ostriches, snakes, tigers, zebras, baby elephants, and monkeys were all flown to the island, along with 14 animal trainers.|One afternoon the flamingos Disney "hired" for the film took off from Tobago and headed south to British Guiana. Fortunately, they returned the next day at feeding time.
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Despite a little overacting here and there, I would say that this has got to be one of the most charming family-ish* films ever made.
* - I say family-ish simply because there may be some legitimately scary parts for younger children.
** I do have to give a bit of warning to people who are sensitive to any kind of animal cruelty. If you think that you may have a problem watching two dogs attacking a tiger, seeing an baby elephant being trapped by it's leg, or geese being lifted by their necks then you may want to pass on this film -though I still feel like this is a fine film-. **
A film that has enough action and humor (sometimes not intentionally) that it nearly stands with other great action films such as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Almost everyone will find something that they will like about this film such as the variety of animals represented, the goofiness of the youngest son, watching the family working together for each other, or even the epic pirate battle.