If there is one thing I'll never outgrow with family films, it's an appreciation for their villains. Mind you, it is more a guilty pleasure sort of appreciation the older I get, but nonetheless, those creepy, greedy, ruthless villains will forever be enjoyed by yours truly. There is just something fantastically wicked about them that is far more interesting than other movie bad-guys. Perhaps it is their one-dimensionality, which keeps them even less human and therefore less worthy of empathy. Perhaps it is because they kidnap dogs, trap aliens, hunt endangered species and would easily harm a child for a buck, but at the end of the day they consistently reek of cowardice. Regardless of plot, regardless of budget, and regardless of how many kids they have to take on, they have been one of the most dependable standards in the history of film.

In Mee-Shee: The Water Giant, which is being shown as part of the Tribeca Family Film Festival, the villains are two representatives (Charles Mesure and Joel Tobeck) of an evil oil-drilling company. The funny thing is I have to stress that they are from the evil oil-drilling company, because there is actually a good oil-drilling company, which is rare in the typically environment-friendly genre (to be fair, though, the good-guys quit their company in the end anyway). At first they are on a mission to sabotage and steal from their rival, but when it is discovered that the lake they're working in is the home of a giant sea creature, their goal quickly turns to a capture-and-profit scheme.