Five Children and It
- This is a rather belated response to David Lenander's post of 9th Dec. (having
finally finished invigilating student exams)
While I agree that the 2004 movie "5 Children and it" (the numeral is in the title)
is nothing like the book, at least it's entertaining
Kenneth Branagh's performance as the uncle was amusing though not nearly as
good as his very smarmy Lockhart in the film of HP2. Freddy Highmore does
a decent job in the lead role, though not as good as his performance in
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the film about James Barrie and the making
of Peter Pan whose title I forget.
The parallels with C.S. Lewis I found rather striking especially since Branagh
also does a half decent job of reading "The Magician's Nephew" for the
Harper Audio Unabridged recording.
I agree that the BBC Version of Five Children and It (originally released in
the US as The Sand Fairy) is much better. It is now available on DVD;
however, it comes with a really awful "sequel" (not written by Nesbitt)
called The Return of It, which I think is basically unwatcheable.
The BBC puppet of the Psammead (no CGI graphics here) in Five Children and It really
steals the show. He also appears briefly in 1994 film version of the "real" Nesbitt
sequel "The Phoenix and the Carpet", which is also now out on DVD.
Mr Psammathos, the Sand Fairy in Tolkien's Roverandom is clearly modelled
on the Psammead -- one of Tolkien's few really obvious borrowings.
I find Derek Jacobi's reading of Roverandom for Harper Audio quite delightful.
- On Dec 13, 2006, at 9:52 PM, lakowskir wrote:
> the film about James Barrie and the makingFINDING NEVERLAND. Good movie, and a much more sympathetic portrait
> of Peter Pan whose title I forget.
than I gather is the case in Birkin's book J. M. BARRIE AND THE LOST
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