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Swiss Family Robinson -- The heroic tale of the courageous exploits of the Robinson family after they are shipwrecked on a deserted island. Using teamwork and ingenuity, they overcome the obstacles of nature and transform their new home into a "civilized" community.


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Lowell S. Hawley (screenplay)
Johann David Wyss (novel)
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Release Date:
21 December 1960 (USA) See more »
THE ADVENTURE OF ADVENTURES! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
A Swiss family must survive being shipwrecked on a deserted island. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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
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
James Devis .... focus puller: second unit (uncredited)
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

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126 min
Color (Technicolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo | Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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:G (re-rating) (1968) | West Germany:6

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Neither Roberta nor the pirates appear in the 1812 novel, Swiss Family Robinson, that this film is based on.See more »
Continuity: During the opening credits, the damaged sailing ship has the wind astern in one shot, then from the port side in the next.See more »
Roberta 'Bertie':Do you like the sea, Fritz?
Fritz Robinson:I like things you can depend on. The sea, you can never be sure of it.
Roberta 'Bertie':Well, that's the fun of it. Not being sure of things.
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21 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Swiss Family Robinson, 8 January 2006
Author: mhrabovsky1-1 from michigan

Pure Disney magic! What a movie....might just be the greatest Disney film of all, might throw in "Pollyanna" and "Song of the South" in there as close competition. What is there not to like? Beautiful photography and a perfect casting of Dorothy McGuire as the mother who is the glue that holds the family together along with the suave British actor John Mills (Hayley's father) as the dad of the family. Great opening scene of foundering ship nearly stuck on a reef during violent quickly recognizes they will be on the island for the long haul and makes it an island paradise complete with a tree house that the Hilton hotel chain could rent out for big bucks. Family makes use of every scrap of fabric, wood, powder, and weapons as they struggle to survive the hazards of the island they are stranded upon. How in the world did the Disney team transport all of the animals onto that small island for this wonderful film? Zebras, elephants, snakes, tigers, and throw in an ostrich too for a family fun filled ride picnic. Only thing I wondered about was how the entire crew of pirates seem to be madeup of asians....most pirates in films are usually caucasians. Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran, who flew into Tobago days after finishing "Pollyanna" and James McArthur play splendid roles as the three sons who grow up physically and discover themselves as young men on the island. Love the scenes of the watering hole complete with a natural water slide and swinging vines to traipse back and forth on. Janet Munro plays the stranded girl, rescued by McArthur and Kirk, and becomes a tug of war for affection between the two. Just the scenery alone on the island and the lagoons makes me want to visit the filming sight. This is a timeless classic, watch it a couple of times a year and it is just as entertaining the second time as the first. Wish Disney would re-release this film to theatres so you could see it on a big wide screen, preferably Imax. Movies just do not get any better than this one. Perfect film for family viewing.

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