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Thunder and the House of Magic (2013)

The House of Magic (original title)
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Thunder, an abandoned young cat seeking shelter from a storm, stumbles into the strangest house imaginable, owned by an old magician and inhabited by a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos.

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Nurse Baxter (voice)
George Babbit ...
Jack / Carlo / Zoltar (voice)
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Thunder / Dylan (voice) (as Murray Blue)
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Carla (voice) (as Kathleen Browers)
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Chihiuahua (voice)
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Daniel (voice)
Shanelle Gray ...
Maggie (voice)
Nina Grillo ...
Audrey (voice)
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Mark Mathews (voice)
Goldie Jonsie ...
Old Lady (voice)
Kendra Leif ...
Lasondra (voice)
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Mr. Eames (voice) (as Joey Lotsko)
Millie Mup ...
Mrs. Eames (voice)
Will Parks ...
Mike Mathews (voice)
Sage Sommer ...
Izzy (voice)
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Thunder, an abandoned young cat seeking shelter from a storm, stumbles into the strangest house imaginable, owned by an old magician and inhabited by a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos. Not everyone welcomes the new addition to the troupe as Jack Rabbit and Maggie Mouse plot to evict Thunder. The situation gets worse when the magician lands in hospital and his scheming nephew sees his chance to cash in by selling the mansion. Our young hero is determined to earn his place and so he enlists the help of some wacky magician's assistants to protect his magical new home. Written by nWave Pictures Distribution

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25 December 2013 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

The House of Magic 3D  »

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Budget:

$34,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,091, 5 September 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,091, 5 September 2014
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The sign on the magician's piano reads "Steinway & daughters", a reference or a tribute to Steinway & sons - the leading piano manufacturer. See more »

Goofs

When we first see the orange tree music box there are no oranges on the floor around it, but after the zoom in and out there are seven oranges scattered on the floor, none of which dropped off the tree. See more »

Quotes

Chihiuahua: You must've used eight of your nine lives
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References The Illusionist (2006) See more »

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Maybe It's Magic
Performed by Blake Healy
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An average animation which misses its target audience
30 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

When a small kitten is thrown away by its owners in the middle of the street, it sets right away to find shelter and if possible, a new home. It ends up in an apparently creepy house, full of magical creatures which entertain an old man. It gets accepted right away by him but some old pets of his plan to get rid of the intruder. We witness the adventures of this cat which must fight to remain in the house and at the same time, help the old man keep his property from a greedy and self-centered nephew.

Although it might seem interesting, it soon proves to be too childish, boring and not very well made. Although it looks gorgeous with some well-designed models, the animation is choppy and not polished enough. The same can be said about the voice acting which could definitely use some more work. Unfortunately, the plot isn't able to raise the quality, even by a small amount, letting you down with almost every occasion it had to bring something new, something that might up the interest of the viewer. Instead, it falls miserably into ordinary and predictable, even exaggerating way too much some aspects which should have been left alone. It's supposed to be a movie for children, but the movie apparently isn't aware of this aspect. It describes an extraordinary hatred coming from multiple sides which affects more or less the final outcome. I don't want to give spoilers but I really don't understand the decisions taken when it comes to the negative characters, fact which is often reflected in their attitude. The movie's finale is unfortunately on the same note with the rest of the movie, being very predictable and unsatisfying. Don't get me wrong, it's not a very bad movie, but it is below average in every single aspect and doesn't do anything to stand out from the crowd. You can easily live without seeing this one.


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