A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This film is intended to entertain, not educate.
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Positive Role Models
The Robinson family works together, drawing on the strengths of each family member, in order to carve out a life on a deserted island.
Violence & Scariness
Some cartoonish violence. A character has a dangerous interaction with a panther. A family on a boat shipwrecks and lands on a deserted island after a terrible thunderstorm. A bull herd charges the family. A volcano causes a small earthquake, sending characters falling to the ground and one of them gets knocked out. A trail of gunpowder is used to blow up the side of a ship and rescue the animals trapped inside. When the trail is lit, a dog chases after it, followed by a boy chasing after the dog, followed by a father who catches them all, and narrowly avoids getting blown up.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this early '70s animated version of The Swiss Family Robinson definitely shows its age. Younger viewers may or may not get on board with the dated animation, but the story itself is timeless. There are instances of minor cartoonish violence -- a boy comes face-to-face with a snarling panther, a volcano causes an earthquake, gunpowder nearly blows up and destroys a father, son, and dog, and a bull herd charges the family -- but no one is ever seriously hurt. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Despite having all the hallmarks of cheap-o 1970s animation, this movie still manages to convey the classic, timeless tale in an economical and action-packed manner. Youngest members of the family should have no problem following along with what's happening, and as such, this could be a decent introduction to other, longer versions of this classic story.
That is, of course, if your family can get past the animation. Some of it appears out of focus, and the colors look faded, on top of the monotonous backgrounds, minimal movement, and characters who look basically the same except for their hairstyles. This will bother some more than others, but if you can tolerate it, consider The Swiss Family Robinson a dated yet entertaining entry course to a well-known tale of survival and family bonding on a deserted island.
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