Time bandits is an awesome little movie where a young child from the future named Kevin has time travelling dwarves that come through a hole in time and end up in his bedroom. Kevin is soon driven by curiosity and fear into the dwarves time traveling little world. He travels with them and meets many people such as Napoleon, Robin Hood, a king, and even end up on the Titanic. The dwarves call themselves bandits and try to steal from everyone they meet, but it does not all ways work out for them. They successfully steal from Napoleon, but then they lose it with Robin Hood. They also are trying to avoid The Supreme Being who created their time traveling map. While we could talk about the ethics of stealing and time travelling, the movie does not really address the very well. It briefly touches on the fact that the dwarves can do so much more with their traveling map than just stealing. I’d rather talk about how this movie relates to some of our books.
It relates to Kindred in a slight way. While Kevin does travel through time willing most of the time, he does have instances like with the King that he does not wish to travel. However the dwarves force him to go without really any choice on his part. Kevin is swept along with the dwarves from the beginning when they first enter his room. Just like how Kevin from Kindred was dragged along into the past with Dana. Also just like Time Bandits, Kevin is left in the past. Both Kevin’s were abandoned by their time travelling sources. He did not know that by following the dwarves he would be time traveling with no real way to get back.