Watch Swiss Family Robinson
- 2 hr 6 min
The Walt Disney-produced Swiss Family Robinson is one of the most successful Disney Productions in the history of the movie studio; the 126-minute film is based on the 19th century novel Der Schweizerische Robinson but makes a large number of changes to the characters and plot of the movie. Directed by Ken Anakin, the movie stars British actor John Mills as the Father of the family and Dorothy McGuire as the Mother; to add authenticity to the movie, it was filmed on location in Tobago. The popularity of the Swiss Family Robinson has remained so great, replicas of the family's tree house are still used in Walt Disney theme parks. Swiss Family Robinson opens with the Swiss family travelling on board a ship to New Guinea; en route the ship is attacked by pirates, and a battle and chase ensue. Abandoned by the ship's captain and crew, the Robinsons guide the ship into a storm that leads them to wreck in the shallow waters around an uninhabited island. The Robinson family is made up of two older sons, Fritz and Ernst, who build shelters and inventions under the guidance of their Father; a younger son, Francis, takes an interest in the wildlife of the island and begins a collection of dangerous animals. Fritz and Ernst find a second ship being attacked by pirates off the shores of the island and rescue the cabin boy, Bertie; later Bertie is revealed to be a girl named Roberta. Both Fritz and Ernst fall in love with Roberta and begin to fight over her affections. To reunite the family, Father organizes a race using the animals captured by Francis for the family to ride on. The family are forced to use their inventions and skills to halt a later attack on their camp by the returning pirates. At the conclusion of the Disney movie, the family must make decisions about whether they wish to remain on the island or return to Europe to their earlier lives.