SWISS FAMILY MOVIE SITES REVISITED - a revisit 60 years later, of filming locations used by Walt Disney in the movie

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Re: SWISS FAMILY MOVIE SITES REVISITED - a revisit 60 years later, of filming locations used by Walt Disney in the movie

Post by Jazz557 » Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:41 am

Mr Hans Boos, former curator of the Emperor Valley zoo in Port of Spain, Trinidad,
was able to confirm that Disney left a colony of 5-6 rare White-Fronted Spider monkey (Ateles belzebuth) with the zoo after filming was completed in November 1959.

The Spider monkeys bred well in captivity, but at some point the young males
killed the old dominant male (in the wild, they would have chased him off).

Sadly, in 2019, the zoo is down to just one female White-Fronted Spider monkey
from the original colony left by the Walt Disney Company.
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Swiss Family Robinson - movie making scene and movie screen capture with the juvenile White-Fronted Spider monkey (Ateles belzebuth)
Swiss Family Robinson - movie making scene and movie screen capture with the juvenile White-Fronted Spider monkey (Ateles belzebuth)
Swiss Family Robinson - behind the scenes photo and movie screen capture with the juvenile White-Fronted Spider monkey (Ateles belzebuth)
Swiss Family Robinson - behind the scenes photo and movie screen capture with the juvenile White-Fronted Spider monkey (Ateles belzebuth)

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Re: SWISS FAMILY MOVIE SITES REVISITED - a revisit 60 years later, of filming locations used by Walt Disney in the movie

Post by Jazz557 » Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:38 pm

In the movie, the colony of adult White-Fronted Spider monkeys were featured swinging from the tree in the early stages of the treehouse building.

Since adult Spider monkeys are wild, a juvenile White-Fronted Spider monkey was used as Francis’ pet throughout the movie.
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A juvenile White-Fronted Spider monkey was used as Francis’ pet throughout the movie.
A juvenile White-Fronted Spider monkey was used as Francis’ pet throughout the movie.

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Re: SWISS FAMILY MOVIE SITES REVISITED - a revisit 60 years later, of filming locations used by Walt Disney in the movie

Post by Jazz557 » Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:45 pm

The Walt Disney Company left the animal squeeze cage with the four wheel trolley (pictured below) with the local Emperor Valley zoo in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The squeeze cage and trolley is still in the zoo’s possession sixty years later!

Disney also left with the Emperor Valley zoo, a CO2 Dart Gun and a colony of 5-6 rare White-Fronted Spider monkey (Ateles belzebuth).

Sadly, in 2019, the zoo is down to just one female Spider monkey from the original colony left by Disney

Mr Hans Boos, former curator of the Emperor Valley zoo in Port of Spain, Trinidad, confirmed these gifts were given by the Walt Disney Company after the filming of Swiss Family Robinson was completed in November 1959.
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The Walt Disney Company left the animal squeeze cage with the four wheel trolley (pictured above) with the local Emperor Valley zoo in Port of Spain, Trinidad.  The squeeze cage and trolley is still in the zoo’s possession sixty years later!
The Walt Disney Company left the animal squeeze cage with the four wheel trolley (pictured above) with the local Emperor Valley zoo in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The squeeze cage and trolley is still in the zoo’s possession sixty years later!
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Re: SWISS FAMILY MOVIE SITES REVISITED - a revisit 60 years later, of filming locations used by Walt Disney in the movie

Post by Jazz557 » Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:48 pm

All the film footage done each day, was edited at Disney’s studio in Goodwood (above photo).

In the evening, the film was then taken to the Rex Cinema (at the corner of Milford and Wilson Road) in Scarborough, where it was reviewed by the Swiss Family Robinson production team. The film, however was always shown without sound.

The licensed cinema operators at the Rex cinema back in August 1959 were Marcus Picker and Neville Phillips with Clifford Cook assisting as a trainee operator.

SOURCE: Interview with Mr. Clifford Cook, May 2019
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All the film footage done each day, was edited at Disney’s studio in Goodwood (above photo). <br />In the evening, the film was then taken to the Rex Cinema in Scarborough, where it was reviewed by the Swiss Family Robinson production team. The film, however was always shown without sound.
All the film footage done each day, was edited at Disney’s studio in Goodwood (above photo).
In the evening, the film was then taken to the Rex Cinema in Scarborough, where it was reviewed by the Swiss Family Robinson production team. The film, however was always shown without sound.

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Re: SWISS FAMILY MOVIE SITES REVISITED - a revisit 60 years later, of filming locations used by Walt Disney in the movie

Post by Jazz557 » Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:27 pm

Swiss Family Robinson - behind the scenes photo - Enjoying a Coca Cola break under the shade of an umbrella at Richmond Bay, Tobago, 1959.

At right, is Sessue Hayakawa (Kuala, the Pirate chief). At left, is one of two Japanese girls who were part of Sessue Hayakawa’s entourage. Behind, is James MacArthur (Fritz). Hanging from the umbrella is the captain’s uniform belonging to Cecil Parker, (ship's captain, Moreland).
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Swiss Family Robinson - behind the scenes photo - Enjoying a Coca Cola break under the shade of an umbrella at Richmond Bay, Tobago, 1959.
Swiss Family Robinson - behind the scenes photo - Enjoying a Coca Cola break under the shade of an umbrella at Richmond Bay, Tobago, 1959.

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Re: SWISS FAMILY MOVIE SITES REVISITED - a revisit 60 years later, of filming locations used by Walt Disney in the movie

Post by Jazz557 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:36 pm

Swiss Family Robinson - behind the scenes photo and movie screen capture with the juvenile White-Fronted Spider monkey (Ateles belzebuth)

Swiss Family Robinson - behind the scenes photo - The Swiss Family Robinson defend their fort by exploding rocks onto the invading pirates as they climb the hill. These movie set ‘rocks’ were actually made of styrofoam so they were ‘exploded’ by releasing pressurized CO2 canisters under the ‘rock pile’ creating the effect of an explosion. (This photo was used in a Lobby Card - created by the film studios to publicise the movie and was intended for display outside the movie theatre in special glass display boxes).

Richmond Bay, Tobago 1959
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Swiss Family Robinson - behind the scenes photo  - The Swiss Family Robinson defend their fort by exploding rocks onto the invading pirates as they climb the hill.  Richmond Bay, Tobago 1959
Swiss Family Robinson - behind the scenes photo - The Swiss Family Robinson defend their fort by exploding rocks onto the invading pirates as they climb the hill. Richmond Bay, Tobago 1959

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