Thunder and the House of Magic (2014) - Rotten Tomatoes

Thunder and the House of Magic (2014)



Critic Consensus: Thunder and the House of Magic lacks real narrative depth, but its visual splendor offers sufficient compensation for younger viewers.

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THUNDER AND THE HOUSE OF MAGIC is a whimsical animated family adventure, bringing to life a unique story with a great sense of humor, positive values and universal appeal. Brimming with spectacular animation and endearing characters, this internationally acclaimed motion picture delivers a fun and highly entertaining movie experience for the entire family. The film tells the story of Thunder, an abandoned young cat who stumbles into a magical old mansion operated by a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos. Owned by a retired magician, the house is occupied by an assortment of his wacky assistants who don't all welcome the new houseguest. But when the magician lands in the hospital and his scheming nephew puts the mansion up for sale, our young hero and his new friends join forces to save their magical home. (C) Shout Factorymore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family, Art House & International
Directed By: , ,
Written By: James Flynn, Ben Stassen, Dominic Paris, James Flynn, Domonic Paris
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 3, 2015
Shout! Factory - Official Site


Cinda Adams
as Nurse Baxter
Murray Blue
as Thunder
Doug Stone
as Lawrence
Joey Camen
as Chihuahua
Edward Asner
as Sr. Jeffrey McDonoug...
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Critic Reviews for Thunder and the House of Magic

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (7)

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

Full Review… | September 4, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

"Thunder and the House of Magic" epitomizes the sort film of that's supposed to be fun for the whole family, but that no one actually enjoys.

Full Review… | September 4, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

"Thunder" falls into the common mistake of many children's films - it underestimates its audience.

Full Review… | September 4, 2014
Boston Globe
Top Critic

"Thunder" doesn't boast a distinctive look or a cast of famous voices. But its characters are engaging and its action sequences exhilarating.

Full Review… | September 4, 2014
Washington Post
Top Critic

Thunder and the House of Magic is That Touching Cat Chase Cartoon You've Been Looking For

Full Review… | September 2, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

It's a thin premise that cues much cheery knockabout comedy, with ample scope for impressively whooshy 3D tracking shots. If the action gets somewhat repetitive, very young viewers are unlikely to mind.

Full Review… | September 2, 2014
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Thunder and the House of Magic




If you want your child to learn how to swear and use curse words, then by all means watch this "children's show". After the word "damn" was used twice, I cut it off. I am aware that curse words bring curses and I would prefer me and my children be blessed. (Matthew 26:74)

Jason J.
Jason Jason

The house has good bones.

Thunder is abandoned as a kitten after his family is forced to move from their home. He stumbles upon a "haunted" house then ends up being owned by a magician where he keeps his pet mouse, rabbit, and magic troop. At first, the kitten doesn't fit in; but over time, the kitten will do his best to help the magician and his friends keep their home the way the kitten's previous family could not.

"He was such a nice kid. What happened to him?"

Jeremy Degruson and Ben Stassen, who worked together on Fly Me to the Moon, A Turtle's tale 1 & 2, and Haunted Castle, collaborate again to deliver Thunder and the House of Magic. The storyline for this picture was interesting but kind of gets clumsy towards the end (it starts amazing but falls apart when the magician is in the picture less). The animation style is beautiful, absolutely stunning, and amongst the best animation I have ever seen.

"This property is off limits!"

We came across this film on Netflix and had to see it. The majority of this film is a 10/10 and we were mesmerized by the animation style. I was disappointed about 75% of the way through the film how ridiculous some of the scenes became in the house, but the film does contain some wonderful artwork and real magic. I strongly recommend watching this and would consider adding it to you DVD collection.

"I'm just looking for a place to stay."

Grade: B+

Kevin Robbins

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