When his injured father is no longer able to sail, 14-year-old Haakon sets sail himself as a cabin boy, hoping to earn enough money to save the family farm. He learns the ropes soon enough and earns his place among the crew, but no one is prepared to deal with the overly-strict Naval officer who assumes command of the ship after the captain’s mysterious death. (The audience is actually given the truth at the film’s opening: the Naval officer is a dangerous pirate in disguise.)
Nor is Haakon sure what to do when he discovers a stowaway onboard, an orphaned girl escaping the country. And things take a drastic turn when, as the film’s title foretells, the ship is wrecked and everyone is forced overboard.
Washing up on a desert island, Haakon must use his wits to survive, outsmart the pirates, save his friends, and find his way home.
Shipwrecked is a lesser-known Disney film from the early 90s that offers a swashbuckling adventure somewhat in the style of Treasure Island. It admittedly does not have much to say thematically, but its main character is an upstanding, intelligent, and courageous lad who sets an admirable example, and it’s a movie that can be enjoyed by the whole family.