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by Stephanie McCann (subscribe)
A university student living in Sydney's trendy inner west with a love for live music, thrifting, vinyl records, and vegan food.
Published October 5th 2014
A perfect combination of cute animals, friendship and humour
The House of Magic is a perfect combination of every heartwarming story found in children's films. And no wonder - the film is produced by Studio Canal, who have produced other childrens' favourites such as the Nanny McPhee films, Wild Child, and Arthur and The Invisibles.

Created by Ben Stassen (who is the writer, director and producer of a series of IMAX films, animated features films and short films), The House of Magic follows the journey of cat named Thunder who is abandoned by his family as they relocate homes. Not quite fit for life on the street as a stray, Thunder stumbles into the home of Lawrence, a retired magician known as the "Illustrious Lorenzo". While Lawrence takes to Thunder with great adoration, Jack Rabbit and Maggie Mouse are not so fond of the newcomer. The film follows Jack and Maggie's attempts to force Thunder out of the house for good while all members of the house (the animals and the gadgets and gizmos) simultaneously try to defend the house from being sold and demolished by Lawrence's greedy nephew, Daniel.

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The House of Magic - theatrical poster

The film delivers a great narrative for kids, with brilliant animation, dynamic characters, and important messages about the value of friendship. There are certainly magical moments, humour and a little drama to keep the plot moving. While adults might struggle to separate the film from every other childrens animated film, kids are sure to love it from the cute animals, to Toy Story-like gizmos and toys, and slapstick comedy.

The House of Magic is currently screening in cinemas around Australia.
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Why? A fun film for kids
When: From September 18th, 2014
Where: All Cinemas
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