A grand adventure film wherein a shipwrecked family MacGyvers an entire existence out of a jungle island, Ken Annakin's "Swiss Family Robinson" is the stuff of backyard daydreams. Firing up the imagination of the lost 12-year-old lurking inside its adult audience, the film is a swift and rollicking success.
Following the odyssey of the Robinson family, the Disney production finds its titular gang eking out a not-so-rudimentary survival after their ship washes up near a deserted island. Facing off against pirates, jealousy-inducing crushes, and questionable treatment of wild beasts, the Robinson's attempt to make the island their home.
The story is light on character but heavy on exciting set-pieces including a climactic Robinsons-versus-pirates sequence that is worth the price of admission. Annakin makes fine use of widescreen vistas, and the production design responsible for the film's iconic treehouse is striking.
Steady, family-friendly fun, "Swiss Family Robinson" easily engages. Offering robust, good-natured adventure, the work provides a memorable experience.