Thunder and the House of Magic

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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age 5+

Charming animated adventure is magical for little kids.

NR 2014 85 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 40 reviews

Kids say

age 5+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 5+

Full of wonder!

This is a good film to watch with kids even though it starts off kind of sad. The opening minutes present a chance to talk to kids about caring for animals. My kids had several questions including, "if they spent time dressing up the dog, how come they don't give it enough exercise?" and "isn't there a place to take a pet she didn't want?" I've watched this movie with children ages 5-16 and they all loved it. It's also fun for parents and there are a number of topics to discuss with kids depending on their maturity level.

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age 9+

Lovable characters and an original storyline.

The animated film, Thunder and the House of Magic is directed by Ben Stassen Jeremy Degruson. The story is about a small, orange cat named, Thunder, who is abandoned by his owners. While wandering the neighborhood, he happens upon a supposedly haunted house, which is full of magical toys and an old magician. Although, Thunder is quickly accepted into the house by the elder performer, he is not immediately approved of by the rest of the group. Through several adventures and troubles arising with the magician's not- so-nice nephew, who is trying to sell the house against the magician's wishes, the group begins to bond. My favorite scene is when the old magician does a magic show for children in a local hospital. The magic is funny, imaginative and it is sweet that he does a show for kids in need. Parents should know that this film is not for little kids! In the beginning, Thunder is chased by a scary dog, almost gets hit by cars and nearly falls out of a tree. In the end, he is thought to be dead for a short period of time. There is also a bit of bad language. Therefore, I recommend this movie for ages 9 to 14. I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars for lovable characters and an original storyline. It is available now on DVD! Reviewed by Katie G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

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