Swiss Family Robinson
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Swiss Family Robinson is a 1960 Disney movie with frequent battles against pirates and wildlife. Although there's no bloodshed, the violence looks real. The pirates who attack the family appear as Asian stereotypes. Animal lovers will dislike the way the youngest child captures wild animals to keep for himself.
What's the story?
A shipwrecked family, the SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON, sets out to make the best of their situation on a deserted island in this classic Disney film based on the book by Johann David Wyss. The Robinson family creates inventive homemade gadgets (most notably, a fabulous tree house), far outdoing the castaways on Gilligan's Island. But their new life isn't all fun and games as they battle pirates and wild animals.
Is it any good?
This film is a good introduction for kids reluctant to watch old movies. Shot on the island of Tobago, SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON has gorgeous scenery and cleverly designed sets. Adults may occasionally wince at the stilted performances, but kids will be too wrapped up to care. Children may be enthralled by the animals, but find the tiger and snake scary. Parents should note that the violence against the pirates, particularly in the battle scenes, could be a problem for younger viewers.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what it might really be like to be stranded somewhere far away from home like the Swiss Family Robinson. What should you do if you're ever in a tough situation like the Robinsons'? How realistic is their scenario?
Families can also discuss the stereotypes featured in the movies. How has our culture changed since this movie was made? Why wouldn't the same characterizations be OK today?
|Theatrical release date:||December 21, 1960|
|DVD release date:||May 7, 2002|
|Cast:||Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur, John Mills|
|Studio:||Walt Disney Pictures|
|Topics:||Adventures, Book characters, Pirates|
|Character strengths:||Courage, Gratitude, Perseverance, Teamwork|
|Run time:||126 minutes|