The House of Magic

The House of Magic

The House of Magic

Animated family adventure about an abandoned cat caught in a miserable storm. Seeking shelter in a large, mysterious house, the stray is adopted by an old magician and the rest of its peculiar inhabitants – naming their new friend Thunder.

Once known as The Illustrious Lorenzo, Lawrence is now a retired magician sharing his fairy-tale world with many animals and a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos capable of whipping up breakfast while rolling out a spectacular song-and-dance routine. He soon makes Thunder feel welcome, but Jack the rabbit and Maggie the mouse start plotting to get him kicked out. When Lawrence ends up in the hospital, his nephew tries to trick him into selling the house, but its ragtag inhabitants develop a spooky strategy to defend their home. They turn their house into a haunted mansion, using Thunder as their secret weapon...

2013Rating: G, Some scary scenes85 minsBelgium
AdventureAnimatedKids & FamilyFantasy
Director:
Jeremy Degruson (feature debut)Ben Stassen ('A Turtle's Tale', 'Fly Me to the Moon')

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The House of Magic / Reviews

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Belgium-based nWave Pictures are an animation company responsible for family flicks Fly Me to the Moon and Sammy’s Adventures which you may have seen in a supermarket bargain bin. Unfortunately, this is where their latest cinema release also belongs.

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Variety

Variety

Cues much cheery knockabout comedy, with ample scope for impressively whooshy 3D tracking shots.

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Total Film

Total Film

A romp that compensates for its fluffy simplicity with sweetness, generosity and 3D ingenuity.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Marrying American voices to Belgian animation, this candy-colored adventure has a harum-scarum energy that rarely flags.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It is soulless, like something that has been generated by a computer programme.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

Breezy, undemanding CGI fare that should readily appeal to its target audience of younger children.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A curious mix of Britpop music cues and moppet-bait storytelling makes for a diverting, if derivative kids' animation.

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