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, Rovi
Drama , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Kenneth Branagh
as Uncle Albert
Alex Jennings
as Father
John Sessions
as Peasemarsh
Norman Wisdom
as Nesbitt
Duncan Preston
as Peasemarsh
Eddie Izzard
as Voice of `It'
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Critic Reviews for 5 Children and It

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Audience Reviews for 5 Children and It

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.

Mark Nash
Mark Nash

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

Kevin Lee
Kevin Lee

It is a really cute little movie. At first I thought I would hate it because of the look of the sences and stuff, looked really low budget film. And most low budget films I have seen, have been really cheesy. But this one wasn't. I enjoyed it. At first, it reminded me of Aliens in the Attic, but its different.

Ms. Southern Lady
Ms. Southern Lady

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