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A huge fan of the film, George Lucas named Anakin Skywalker after the director of this film, Ken Annakin.
As revealed by director Ken Annakin on the DVD commentary, the trapped zebra was subjected to electric shocks to make it move about, a practice that is now illegal in Hollywood movies.
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.
The climactic battle was a direct influence on the final Ewok skirmish in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).
Many of the animal scenes would not be allowed in a film today, due to laws governing the use of animals in movies.
There were two incredibly close calls on the set, both of which occurred during scenes with the family playing in the water. First, when the father takes a swing to try to change vines like the monkeys, he misses and falls into the water. John Mills revealed that his foot just missed a sharp, jagged rock under the water that no one had known about. Then there was the scene with Francis playing in the ocean with Rocky the baby elephant. At one point, Kevin Corcoran fell under, and the elephant's foot ended up right on his face. But, by some lucky chance, the underwater current was so strong that it prevented the foot from pressing down, and thus Kevin from getting hurt.
When the studio acquired the rights to Johann David Wyss' novel, they essentially junked about 90% of it. Ken Annakin and his technicians brainstormed all the things they'd like to have seen in a desert island picture, storyboarded their wishlist and then handed it all over to screenwriter Lowell Hawley.
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John Mills was felt to be out of place as he was English and the rest of the family were played by Americans.
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Neither Roberta nor the pirates appear in the 1812 novel, Swiss Family Robinson, that this film is based on.
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The Disney Studios bought up the rights to the 1940 version produced and distributed by RKO, then Walt Disney confiscated all known prints of RKO Radio Pictures version so there wouldn't be comparisons to the Disney remake.
Although set in a tropical paradise, the filming in Tobago was considerably hampered by almost constant rain.
Walt Disney's first film in Panavision.
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Dorothy McGuire, Tommy Kirk and Kevin Corcoran had previously played a family in Disney's Old Yeller (1957).
Tommy Kirk considered quitting at one point as he was so desperately homesick.
The anaconda was actually pregnant during filming.
Duke, one of the Robinson's guardian Great Danes, stars in a later Disney film, as Brutus, the Ugly Dachshund.
Walt Disney never traveled out to Tobago to visit the shoot.
One of Disney's rare widescreen films, shot with Panavision lenses. Previous widescreen efforts from Disney had usually been in CinemaScope.
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During construction of the Robinson's tree house residence, Father Robinson shows Mother Robinson the stairs to their bedroom saying, "This is your own circular stairway"; perhaps a reference to Dorothy McGuire's popular 1945 film The Spiral Staircase, as the stairway is obviously 'straight' and not circular.
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Disney officially announced that a remake was in development with Mandeville Films co-producing the movie. It was scheduled to be released in 2012 but never happened.
Amongst the Robinson's pets are: Duke and Turk the dogs, Rocky the elephant, Lightning the donkey, Clementine the ostrich, and Duchess the zebra.
Some of the pirates are speaking in Indonesian language.
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