This post is about the movie "Swiss Family Robinson".
It's a shipwreck movie but it still has lots of sailing, a variety of boats, a variety of sails.
I think it has all three types of sail that I've talked about before: the latin (lateen?!?!) sail, the square sail, and the other kind whose name I forget. Yes, as you can see from the poster, there are some azn bros in this movie and they have that third type of sail. I don't know whether there are lots of different old tyme azn boats, so I'm just going to call their boat a "junk" because it's the only one I know of. But this comes later!
This movie is really a way ownage movie. I liked it a lot and it was really exciting. I think that anyone would like this movie. Even someone like you.
Why, I think that this movie could be in my top 30 re: movies I've seen. Maybe top 20 or 15. It was really good.
I haven't seen a lot of recent movies but almost all of them were movies that were supposed to be exciting and Swiss Family Robinson makes them all look like total shit.
n e way, it took a long time for me to figure out whether these people are from Switzerland or whether Swiss is just their last name. Like, the Robinson could have been their last name or it could have just been in the title because of Robinson Crusoe, like when people would add shit like "THE NEW HELOISE" to the titles of their books. "Swiss Family, The New Robinson (Crusoe)".
the parents have british accents
their kids have american accents
there isn't anything about them that seems really swiss
but I don't know anything about switzerland
when they make funny hats for a sillie racing party thing, the dad makes a hat that someone in a joke about leiderhosen and mountainclimbing would wear, so maybe that's a swiss thing. I hear that the swiss have "Alps".
The kids are named Francis (youngest)
and Fritz (oldest)
"Francis" doesn't seem like a swiss name, I don't think. Maybe "ernst" does. "Fritz" seems swiss. Look at what I'm doing here. First letter in a sentence is caps but then nothing else.
They talk about how they're going to a colony in new guinea. I assumed it would be british but I don't know what the swiss did back then maybe they had colonies in new guinea. hey, maybe "guinea" is another word for "switzerland"! I really don't know! I am this stupid!
at christmas the dad says "happy christmas" like a british bro but the kids say "merry christmas"
the dad said that carrying a bride over a threshold is a "swiss tradition". I couldn't tell there whether he meant a family tradition (the Swiss family) or a switzerland tradition. the mother laughed after he said this so it seemed like a joke. I think that it's a tradition in lots of places so the switzerland one doesn't seem more likely than the family one for a joke.
the only thing that made me certain that they're from switzerland is that ernst was talking about some guy at an academy who was called Herr Kobel (Kobol?!?!?!?!?!??!?! is he mormon/some scifi bro?!?!?!)
I don't know what swiss people speak but Herr isn't something that british ppl or americans would say.
I saw (accidentally) on wikipedia that they're supposed to be from switzerland.
|I don't know what the Swiss flag looks like.|
I still don't know whether robinson is their last name or just a ref to robinson crusoe.
this family is on a boat
there are some pirates somewhere
everyone on the boat but the family leaves because they're afraid of pirates
there's a storm and the boat crashes into some rocks
there are lots of animals on the boat
the family builds a raft made of tubs and uh logs or beams or whatever big pieces of wood would be on a boat
the kids try to save 2 dogs
I think they are "great danes" because they look like marmaduke and I think that marmaduke was supposed to be a great dane
the dad says to leave the dogs on the boat because they're too heavy
when they leave on the raft, Francis tells the dogs to jump off the boat and swim to him and they do
the raft can barely hold the family up
they are baling the tubs out tons
the storm gets scarier and the dad feels bad for the dogs so he lets them come on
francis almost killed his whole family
when they get to the island
francis runs off into the jungle
and his mom says
FRANCIS, COME BACK AND STAY IN YOUR TUB!
francis keeps almost dying
there's some tiger nearby but he goes away
the dad says:
"First thing we've got to do is to, uh, unload the raft, and then, uh, put up some sort of shelter for the night."
the mom says:
"not the first thing..."
and then the makes him pray with her
later on the stupid little boy francis is saying "I wouldn't hurt you!" to an elephant and trying to get it to come over to him
he has a trap set for the elephant
I don't know what to call traps
so I'll call this a "snare" and hope I'm right
the elephant steps in a loop of rope
the boy pulls on the other end and makes it close up around the elephant's leg
so now the elephant is tied to a tree by his leg
and a tiger comes!
the stupid boy starts throwing sticks and stones or whatever at the tiger and tells it to stay away from the elephant
his mom comes with the two dogs and the two dogs fight the tiger
the two dogs were legit fighting the tiger
this is a real thing that happened and they filmed it
can't blv it!
this movie has
ridiculous things going on
that people filmed
things that are
way dangerous and maybe cruel
and that no one would do nowadays
later on fritz wrestles a snake in the water
I was like "welp I guess it's a dead snake it looks too good to be a fake one"
not only was it
a real snake
it was alive!!!!!!
re: at one point during the right it stretches its neck up
they ride an ostrich too
I remember there being a thing on the internet a while ago about how dangerous it is to ride ostriches
how they'll kill you and stuff
all the males of the family were
riding the ostrich
pulling each other off so that they could have a turn
there's also a part where huge fake logs roll over a bunch of people down a hill
which seemed scary even tho they're fake
and there were explosions around people
oh also the lil stupid gets dragged a lot by some animal I think it was the ostrich
dragged by a rope
along the ground
and it was def him for, like half of it (and I don't think that the ostrich was shown during these parts, so maybe it was just some people pulling him)
re: could see his face
for the other half it was maybe a stunt double but it was still a person
n e way
a really great treehouse
as good as the stuff from The Mosquito Coast.
They even have a "cooler" which I guess is something that looks like a fridge but has canvas walls that are so thin that you can see through them
and there was a barrel above it but I don't know whether the barrel was part of the cooler
the cooler had flowers in it and some food
doubt it was v. "cool"
there was a nice hammock
there was a sink made out of a tortoise shell
there was a skylight that you open up by pulling on a gigantic rope with a gigantic tassel that I halfthought (only half because this is a disney movie and I wasn't sure what they would allow in it) was going to be some sort of sex device, re it was dangling above the parents' bed and the mom seemed pretty excited about it even tho she didn't know what it did yet
the stupid little kid wanted to swing in the hammock (which is really high up in the air)
and the mother recognized this kid's stupidity and said that he could only do it if his brother tied a rope around his (the stupid little kid's) waist
and of course the stupid little kid falls off the hammock
(I think he was trying to reach a monkey)
one of the best things about this movie is that it has
tons of different animals in it
like the monkey I was just talking about
this is a really stupid reason to like a movie but
there is no denying that having a bunch of different animals in a movie makes it better
re: they are just nice/interesting things to look at
I hope that this doesn't sound like a zany thing (like people pretending to care about shark week)
kind of fake twee thing
I mean it more like
it's good for a movie to have lots of
weirdlooking people in it
but here it's animals instead of people
(the people in this movie all look p. boring, so you can't enjoy looking at them very much)
it would be ok to watch this movie without sound
even tho it doesn't look good in any artsy way
just because it has
lots of nice animals in it
doing interesting things
so you can see
a tortoise getting lassoed and towing a boat
a tiger falling into a tiger trap
a zebra stuck in mud
a monkey grabbing a banana out of ernst's pants
a pig getting pulled by the ears
a snake swimming around
the two older brothers, ernst and fritz, want to go sailing around the island to see whether it's really an island (turns out it is an island)
they build a canoe with a pontoon on the side
I think that this boat has a latin sail
I'll see whether I'm right when I go thru the movie for pix
|I drew this after media players stopped working for me, but before I found out that Swiss Family Robinson is on youtube. Turns out I had the sail k. wrong but I think it's still "lateen".|
while they're building the boat
they talk about GIRLS!!!!!!!!!!!
yes, these boys are GIRL CRAZY!!!!
one says that they hope that there are some girls their age in new guinea
the other says "by the time we get to new guinea, we won't care what age they are!"
and they laugh a lot
before this stuff I think
some pirates attack them while they're on the crashed boat trying to pick stuff off it
and they only have one shot via the cannon so they have to wait for the pirates to get close
the dad tries to find some wadding for the cannon and picks up a piece of cloth and is like "O:!!!!" and runs away
the kids are like
"where's he going?!?!?!?!"
then the pirates leave
and the kids are like
"why did the pirates leave?!?!?!?!"
and it turns out
the piece of cloth that the dad found
was a quarantine flag
that tells ppl that
your boat has the Black Death on it
everyone use that flag
when they're getting attacked by pirates?!?!?!?!
n e way
the bois go
they see some pirates
so they are like "let's hide behind these rocks!"
crash their canoe into the rocks ( ') ( ')
then they see that an old guy and a cabin "boy" (YOU'LL SEE WHY I PUT SCARE QUOTES AROUND "BOY" SOON ENOUGH!!!)
have been captures by the scary azn pirates
the bois free the cabin "boy" but don't have time to free the old man
but that's ok because the azn pirates need to old man to write a ransom letter for them
(they can't write english!)
so they won't hurt him
the bois and the cabin "boy" make an exciting escape
the two main things that happen in this movie during the actiony scenes:
-people duck down and people pass by the ducking people w/o seeing them
-one person distracts a foe while another person sneaks up on the foe from behind
and this stuff happens a lot during the escape
not really worth
explaining everything that happens here
it's all the same
the bois make fun of the cabin "boy" for being girly
I could have got a funnie pic of the cabin "boy" grabbing "his" own ass, but no media players are working for me anymore
"he" was like "oh no! I can't go another step!"
"his" ass hurt too much
the three of them have to cross a river
the bois are like "take off all of your clothes so they don't get wet!"
and the cabin "boy" is like D:::::
and grabs a gun and is like
"I'm leaving! Don't come after me or I'll shoot!"
the bois do the distracting and sneaking thing I was talking about
and one of them catches the cabin "boy" and pulls off "his" toque
then he's like
OH MY GOD! YOU'RE A GIRL!!!!!
(I guess just because he
saw her hair)
and then she says that her grandpa cut her hair to look like
so that the
think she's a boy
I guess her grandpa did a really shitty job cutting her hair to make it look boyish
when they get back to the treehouse
and the mom dresses the girl up and the family + the girl dance
the bois are competing for her
and playing stupid tricks on each other
( ') ( ')
fritz put a banana in ernst's beltloop and stuck a monkey on him
and was like
"SINCE ERNST ALREADY HAS A PARTNER........... HEHEHEHEH" and starts dancing with the girl
oh I just remembered her name:
says "roberter" hehehehh
everyone builds a bunch of stupid traps for the pirates
like a pit with a tiger in it
and make pirate alarms
and coconut bombs
and make a big pile of logs on top of a hill that they can release
so that they roll down and crush pirates
francis almost falls into the tiger pit (before the tiger was in it)
he also lit a coconut bomb when he was told not to, and almost blew up
roberta asks fritz to teach her how to fire a rifle
and he does
that thing where he
gets behind her
and they eventually kiss
roberta had said earlier that ernst would look good in a tall hat
like they wear in london
so he made a tall hat out of some leafy stuff I dunno
and comes down to show it to roberta
fritz and roberta think that the hat's stupid
everyone else hates it too
ernst and fritz have a fight over roberta
fritz steps on ernst's tall hat
the dad sees the fight and is like
"I've been working you all too hard! we need to have fun tomorrow! we're going to have some gay race"
they have a gay race
and it's really great
especially roberta riding the zebra, which is a v. kewl thing
something that I think'll be especially memorable to me for some reason
some broad laughing riding a zebra in some stupid dress
with flowers on her hat
racing against an ostrich and a monkey on a dog
also the fast motion part with the ostrich going around a pole is really great
the race starts about 10s in:
(as you can see, I've found swiss family robinson on youtube, so it doesn't matter that media players aren't working for me)
as you can
from what happens at the end of the race
if you watched some of the video and got that far
they pirates find them!
they have a big stupid fight with the pirates
Home Alone sort of thing
less boring than the big fights at the ends of movies usually are
they release a pile of logs
and the littlest kid says "there's a man getting squashed!"
the pirate captain yells at the family + cabin girl: "you make Farrah fight long time!" (I don't know how to spell his name but that's how it sounded)
these pirates barely talk in the movie
one of the only things he says in the movie is an
"I love you long time"-style thing
at least he was
a real azn bro and
not a white bro in makeup, I guess........................
the pirates retreat
and while they're retreating a british ship comes and blows them up
and the ship comes to rescue the family + cabin girl
(really squeezing everything in there)
the cabin girls's grandfather's ship!
the grandfather has donated a lot of money to some university in london
so he says that he can get ernst in as a favour (this is how things work, ppl!!!!)
ernst really wanted to go to a university in london
which is something that I
should have mentioned earlier to set this up
or maybe I shouldn't have because who cares
who wanted to leave
(I should have mentioned that earlier)
decides to stay
on the island
and set up a colony
the cabin girl's grandfather says that the dad will probably be governor of this new colony
(is this how it works!?!?!??!)
the cabin girl decides to stay on the island with fritz
I think that's all that happens