"The Treasure Seekers" is a very good and entertaining film set in England in the early 19th century. It's a British TV production based on a book by E. Nesbit. I confess that I don't recall having known or heard about Edith Nesbit. She was an author and poet who wrote or co- wrote more than 60 fiction books for children. She lived from 1858 to 1924.
While this TV movie doesn't say when it takes place, one can date the time by the father's efforts to invent refrigeration. No one person can lay claim to the title of inventor of the refrigerator. The encyclopedias mention several different inventors in Great Britain, the U.S., France and elsewhere. Each developed a different method of refrigeration between 1805 and 1859.
This is a pleasant story about five children of the Bastable family who set out to help save their home and their inventor father from financial ruin. The actors are all very good. The production qualities all are very good as well. Two or three non-family members comment during the movie how Bastable has a wonderful bunch of children, or that his children are very lively. I won't give away the whole story, but have this one observation. While the kids mean well in what they do, most of them do things that disobey their father. And, each time it causes considerable problems for the father and the family. I think they could be lively without being disobedient. Until the mid-20th century in America, children behaved generally very well. They were obedient, well- mannered and respectful.
So, I wonder if this production was a modern adaptation of the book, still setting it back in time. Or, did Ms. Nesbit actually write these lively characters to be disobedient as portrayed? Of course, one of those actions of disobedience led to connections that eventually were the salvation of the family. The movie shows clearly the problems that arise from the acts of disobedience, and it shows the regret of each child after wards.
This is a fun story and one that I think the whole family would enjoy.
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