Five Children And It (2004)
How They’re Shown As Heroic:
The Psammead – the posh magic, possibly Latin term for a Sand Fairy – is a grouchy sort who lives on a beach and proceeds to grant a bunch of spoiled brats their fondest wishes. It’s all supposed to teach them about responsibility, you see.
Why We Think They’re Rubbish:
He’s an irritating sod, despite being voiced by Eddie Izzard. He puts us in mind of a magical Victor Meldrew.
And while he does end up schooling the little bastards in how not to be so greedy and stupid, he never takes the opportunity to leave them with permanent injuries.
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