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The Swiss Family Robinson Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

Good intro to older movies for kids; watch for stereotypes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this 1960 Disney movie includes 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.

  • Families can talk about what it might really be like to be stranded somewhere far away from home. 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. Howhas our culture changed since this movie was made? Why wouldn't the same characterizations be OK today?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: Teaches kids some great (if unlikely) survival tips if ever stranded in the wild. 

  • message true3

    Messages: Strong positive messages about simplicity: If you are surrounded by the people who matter the most, material goods are no longer important.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Each of the Robinsons pull together to make the best of their isolated situation. They are grateful for the things they have, rather than spiteful for the things they've lost. They show imagination and intelligence when helping one another build, hunt, and cook. Some now-dated Asian stereotypes are portrayed.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Pirates attack and threaten; the Robinsons fight back with a variety of homemade weapons. There are sword fights and cannons fired. Although there's no bloodshed, the violence looks real. Also, two brothers fuming with jealousy fight over the same girl. And, the Robinsons feud for survival when wild animals frequently attack: a boa-constructor, a tiger, and sharks.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Brothers joke about their desire of seeing women again. A young couple kisses.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Father and sons sit around a table and share wine. The youngest son (about 10 years old) is allowed to take a sip from his father's glass.