Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Cinema Cycle - Swiss Family Robinson

(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

SYNOPSIS: A shipwrecked Swiss family is stranded on an island in the south seas, circa 1780. 

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: A bizarre look at the world through the Disney lens from the 1950s. Arguably one of the first theme park based films that led to all the rest. 

PROS AND CONS: An odd film to watch by today’s standards. It borders on politically incorrect on several levels; its depiction of asian pirates, cruelty toward animals, white conquest of uncivilized lands, misogyny, the list goes on and on. 

I never realized that John Mills stars in this Mouse Epic and the acting isn’t half bad, but the characters are written so stiffly in the Disney universe that they come off as unbelievable. 

The use of animals as playthings and the staged ‘fun’ sequence were two full grown Great Dane’s are playing with a Bengal Tiger (that they are obviously trying to run down and kill) are hardly enjoyable to watch.

To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.  

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on

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