What's Up With the Title?
There's not a whole lot to say about the title, folks. The term "time bandits" describes the dwarves and what they do—they travel through time to rob people. And while there's a lot more going on in the film than that, we'd be lying if we said that title didn't grab our attention. "Bandits who travel through time? That's awesome. Where do they go? Who do they steal from? Do they ever get caught?"
That's enough to pump up ticket sales from curious moviegoers, which is the first and most important purpose of a title for a mainstream movie, besides helping you find it in your Netflix queue.