IMDb > Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
Swiss Family Robinson
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Swiss Family Robinson (1960) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 21 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
7.2/10   8,427 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
No change in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Lowell S. Hawley (screenplay)
Johann David Wyss (novel)
Contact:
View company contact information for Swiss Family Robinson on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
21 December 1960 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
THE ADVENTURE OF ADVENTURES! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
A Swiss family must survive being shipwrecked on a deserted island. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Full-blown and entertaining adventures based on Johann Wyss novel , being shot on location See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Ken Annakin 
 
Writing credits
Lowell S. Hawley (screenplay)

Johann David Wyss (novel "Swiss Family Robinson") (as Johann Wyss)

Produced by
Bill Anderson .... producer
Basil Keys .... associate producer
Walt Disney .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
William Alwyn 
 
Cinematography by
Harry Waxman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Boita 
 
Production Design by
John Howell 
 
Set Decoration by
Jack Stephens 
 
Costume Design by
Julie Harris 
 
Makeup Department
Eileen Bates .... hair stylist
Bill Lodge .... makeup artist
Charles Nash .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
William Hill .... production manager (as Bill Hill)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yakima Canutt .... second unit director
René Dupont .... assistant director
 
Art Department
John Hoesli .... assistant art director
John L. Jensen .... sketch artist (as John L.Jensen)
Peter Murton .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
John Dennis .... sound recordist (as John S. Dennis)
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist
Les Wiggins .... sound editor (as Leslie Wiggins)
 
Special Effects by
Danny Lee .... special effects (as Dan Lee)
Walter Stones .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Peter Ellenshaw .... matte artist
 
Stunts
Ken Buckle .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Courtney .... stunts (uncredited)
Evelyn Finley .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Fez Reynolds .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
Arnim Tardieu .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Beeson .... additional photography
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
Buddy Baker .... composer: additional music "Animal Race" (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Walt Disney .... presenter
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Nature's Haven (uncredited)
Fez Reynolds .... animal trainer: zebra (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
126 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo | Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Norway:7 (original rating) (cut version) | Sweden:11 | UK:U | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1988) (1999) (2003 DVD audio commentary) | USA:Approved (original rating) | USA:G (re-rating) (1968) | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Walt Disney's first film in Panavision.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Fritz and Ernst capsize, there are several shots showing that the canoe has several steel lines attached to the bow holding it against the rocks.See more »
Quotes:
Ernst Robinson:Fritz! Listen! Do you think when we get to New Guinea, *if* we ever do, there'll be any girls our age?
Fritz Robinson:By the time we get to New Guinea, we won't care *what* age they are!
See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
O Christmas TreeSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Full-blown and entertaining adventures based on Johann Wyss novel , being shot on location, 8 October 2013
Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain

Gorgeous production with Disney all-star-cast , funny sequences , spectacular adventures and amusement . Amusing family fun in which a Swiss family formed by a father (John Mills) , mother (Dorothy McGuire) and children (James McArthur , Kevin Corcoran , Tommy Kirk) must survive being shipwrecked on a deserted tropical island . As a family seeking to getaway Napoleon's wars in Europe , set sail for New Guinea , but shipwrecks on an island . There they built an idyllic life , only to be confronted by a gang of pirates (led by Sessue Hayakawa). Furthermore , they battle anaconda , tiger , and finally dispatch a group of cutthroats . Meanwhile , they domesticate animals , as among the Robinson's pets are : Duke and Turk the dogs, Rocky the elephant, Lightning the donkey, Clementine the ostrich, Duchess the Zebr and an anaconda was actually pregnant during filming .

The picture contains noisy adventures , humor , emotion , stirring action and sensational outdoors . The film displays some scenes have you on the edge of your seat as the amusing images when the protagonists fight an anaconda and against a band of pirates . Lots of adventure for family viewing , including an climatic as well as bemusing ending battle ; it was a direct influence on the final Ewok skirmish in ¨The return of the Jedi¨ , as George Lucas was a huge fan of the film . Excellent , powerful cast with sympathetic protagonists , many of them Disney ordinaries such as Janet Munro , James MacArthur ; in fact , Dorothy McGuire, Tommy Kirk and Kevin Corcoran had previously played a family in Disney's Old yeller . However , Tommy Kirk considered quitting at one point as he was so desperately homesick . Colorful cinematography reflecting marvelous landscapes by Harry Waxman , filmed on location in island of Tobago ; although set in a tropical paradise, the filming was considerably hampered by almost constant rain . Lively and evocative music by Willyam Alwyn , conducted by customary Muir Matheson . It has abundant special effects and some matte painting by Disney specialist Peter Ellenshaw ; being Walt Disney's first film in Panavision . In fact , this is one of Disney's rare widescreen films, shot with Panavision lenses , previous widescreen efforts from Disney had usually been in CinemaScope. It's a winning Disney effort made by its usual director Ken Annakin. At the box office, the film took roughly $40,000,000 , around $367,000,000 in today's money, making it one of the most successful family films ever made . It's a must for the Disney fans but is beautifully released , being recommendable for all family and especially for little boys public . Rating : Good , entertaining and with great lots of amusement .

This fun picture was professionally directed by Ken Annakin , being enthusiastically funny though overlong . It was stunningly realized in splendidly amusing style , is all color , thrills and action . Ken was an expert on Adventure genre such as ¨The new adventures of Pippi Longstockings¨, ¨Pirate movie¨ , ¨Paper tiger¨, ¨The fifth Musketeer¨ , ¨Call of wild¨, ¨In search for the castaways¨, ¨Land of fury¨, ¨The Sword and the Rose¨, ¨The story of Robin Hood and his Merry Men¨, ¨Third man on the mountain¨ and Wartime genre as ¨Battle of the Bulge¨, and ¨The Longest day¨.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (49 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
old needs to be remade + updated filthyman4682
Sickening Animal Abuse zenoaktagamat
WDW brought me here wgfaej
Which son are you? andypaul_gill
Why does everybody hate Ernst? RetroDoll
Too many pirates knight1192a
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Peter Pan Squanto: A Warrior's Tale The New World Nim's Island Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Adventure section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.