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The Adventures of Swiss Family Robinson 

Richard Thomas stars in this amazing tale of a family looking for adventure only to find themselves marooned on a deserted island. Having no means of provision or shelter they struggled to ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Gareth Howells Gareth Howells ...  Ben Thomas 30 episodes, 1998-1999
Kieren Hutchison ...  Ernst Robinson 30 episodes, 1998-1999
Junior Chile Junior Chile ...  Billy Cobb 30 episodes, 1998-1999
Margo Gunn Margo Gunn ...  Elizabeth Robinson 30 episodes, 1998-1999
Mia Lux ...  Christina Robinson 30 episodes, 1998-1999
Richard Thomas ...  David Robinson 30 episodes, 1998-1999
Charlotte Woollams Charlotte Woollams ...  Joanna Robinson 30 episodes, 1998-1999
Chantelle Yee Chantelle Yee ...  Emily Chan 30 episodes, 1998-1999
K.C. Kelly K.C. Kelly ...  Jed Parsons 24 episodes, 1998-1999
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Richard Thomas stars in this amazing tale of a family looking for adventure only to find themselves marooned on a deserted island. Having no means of provision or shelter they struggled to survive against pirates, natives, wild animals and Mother Nature. A movie sure to thrill even youngest in the audience. A story about adventure, love, heartbreak, happiness and human drama, The Adventures Of Swiss Family Robinson is a great adventure for the whole family. Written by Anonymous

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1 September 1998 (USA) See more »

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Felfedező úton a Robinson család See more »

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Ridiculous but Endearing and fun.
19 October 2019 | by corinhairySee all my reviews

If you like the Walton's and Little House on the Prairie you will really enjoy this epic. I couldn't help but root for it- and have to give it an "A" for effort because it's clear everyone is really giving their all to this production. Anyone complaining about the authenticity of the story isn't aware of its origin, which defied logic far more than this particular adaptation. The Swiss Family Robinson was never meant to be anything but an allegory and because of that it lends itself to being adapted to whatever the morals of the day happen to be. Earlier versions are unbearably classist and downright cruel in comparison. The Robinson's were colonists dominating this "new world" they inhabit. 20 years after it was made its clear this late 90s PC version is trying to redeem its own history and make sense of that colonial past. You won't find these Robinson's finishing a baby monkeys mother, taking the baby and then feeding it foods they suspect to be poisonous. Instead you have them adopting a young slave boy and freeing him (so he can act as their personal servant.) This is an inherently problematic story that's always going to seem outdated in hindsight. That's what makes it valuable and telling and should absolutely be viewed with a critical eye and historical perspective.

Seriousness aside this could almost have been directed by John Waters. The acting is inconsistent but 100% committed. It's a mix of professionals and amateurs but all the actors are giving it everything they have. I blame the wooden script more than them- but overall The beautiful location and a good sense of humor on the part of the viewer makes up for the low production value. If you enjoy survival stories, family dramas with a wrong/strong moral code or content you can watch with your kids or classroom and discuss, this might just be for you- just be ready to forgive the inconsistency and moral relevancy. Or at least see beyond it. This show screams Sunday night public access television. With 30 episodes it's not a quick watch- but you may be surprised how much you end up enjoying it if you give it a chance. That said? I'd you can't get through the first few episodes I'd move on to something else. If you're willing to put reason aside and jump the shark with this show it has the potential to be endlessly endearing. The fact that it's problematic is part of its charm- as well as it's legacy.


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