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5 Children and It (2004)

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Five brothers and sisters find their uncle has a big surprise hidden in his estate in this comic fantasy for the whole family. Not long after World War I breaks out, five children -- Cyril (Jonathan Bailey), Robert (Freddie Highmore), Anthea (Jessica Claridge), Jane (Poppy Rogers), and Lamb -- find themselves in dangerous circumstances when their father is sent off to fight, and their mother volunteers to be a field nurse. Unable to care for themselves, the children are sent to the country, where they stay with their eccentric uncle Albert (Kenneth Branagh) and his ill-tempered son, Horace (Alexander Pownall), in Albert's ramshackle home. Uncle Albert has more than a few rules about what the children can and cannot do, but his strictest edict is that the children must never go into his greenhouse. Of course, the children's curiosity gets the better of them, and they sneak in to discover their uncle's big secret -- the building is home to Psammead (voice of Eddie Izzard), an ugly and often bad-mannered "sand fairy" who has the ability to grant wishes. However, the kids discover that Psammead's wishes only last for 24 hours, and that they have a strange habit of backfiring on their beneficiaries. 5 Children & It was based on the classic book for children by E. Nesbit; Psammead was realized onscreen with a puppet created by Jim Henson's celebrated Creature Shop. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: David M. Solomons
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On DVD: Jul 5, 2005
Runtime:
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Cast

Kenneth Branagh
as Uncle Albert
John Sessions
as Peasemarsh
Duncan Preston
as Peasemarsh
Eddie Izzard
as Voice of `It'
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Critic Reviews for 5 Children and It

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 19, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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full review in Greek

Full Review… | October 3, 2006
Movies for the Masses

Its eccentric charms and light humor will most certainly win over anyone looking for a brisk family adventure.

Full Review… | July 5, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

Five posh First World War sprogs are despatched to Uncle Kenneth Branagh's Gothic pile in a Devon nook. It's a ghastly film

Full Review… | October 21, 2004
Times (UK)

Live this up, a wholesome family film this delightful doesn't come by very often.

Full Review… | October 18, 2004

Audience Reviews for 5 Children and It

CAST: Kenneth Branagh, ZoŽ Wanamaker, Freddie Highmore, Eddie Izzard, Jonathan Bailey, Jessica Claridge, Poppy Rogers, Tara Fitzgerald, Alex Jennings, John Sessions, Norman Wisdom, Duncan Preston

DIRECTED BY: John Stephenson

SUMMARY: While their father is fighting on the front lines, five children find themselves bunking at their uncle's estate, where they befriend a fairy called It (voiced by the hilarious Eddie Izzard), who helps them uncover the mysteries of the large mansion in which they now live. This high-spirited tale finds It bringing joy, laughter and luck to the kids' lives, as the grown-ups contend with the painfully adult challenges of living in a time of war.

MY THOUGHTS: "This is a movie for the kids. My niece's and nephew liked it a lot, I on the other hand thought it was a bit boring. But it had it's moments of humor. Had a some what sad story, and had a good lesson about not being selfish. But still much more a film for the kids. Good cast, and a good young cast as well."

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Pretty messy and engaging to watch and not half as interesting as the low budget TV versions. Disneyfying the look and story of the Psammead destroys much of the dynamic and nuance of Nesbit's books. Izzard's strange voice work does a lot to give the digital character character but the limitations of the cgi make things even flatter.

A fun family movie that lacks its depth and could have been a masterpiece. Nevertheless, it was entertaining no doubt

5 Children and It Quotes

Psammead: Magic fades, and then you forget.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Psammead: I will grant you your wishes, but I have a list of demands. My needs are minimal, but what I need is a stateroom with a sunken bath with a tap that goes backwards and forwards. And a toothbrush made of gold, not the bristles, of course, but the bit you hold. Gold bristles would hurt my gums, you see. A palace with white sand spread on the floor, from the Bahamas, I think, and a shower cap. And a yak.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Uncle Albert: I'm writing a book--Difficult Sums for Children.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Uncle Albert: Smell that. That's Thursday.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)

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