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Issue: Winter 2014

The House of Magic (2013) movie review

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An abandoned cat makes his way into a scary looking house where he encounters a white rabbit and a white mouse -- both determined to throw him out. Fortunately he is discovered by the owner of the house, an elderly magician who names the cat Thunder. The house is full of magic paraphernalia, a pair of doves, and a range of strange little automatons.

Soon Thunder finds out that the old man's nephew (a realtor) is trying to oust him, and the nephew takes advantage of an accident to sell the house from under them all.

Is this a metaphor, or just another story where good and evil are reduced to the terrifyingly possible happenings in our own life?

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Movie poster, The House of Magic

Being lost without family in a big (stormy) world, being picked on by the people we live with, being threatened with losing everything, and wishing to find the courage to be brave and heroic and save the day. These are concerns of childhood, and Thunder faces them all.

A watchable movie without lots of songs and 'jokes' to distract from the story.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 28 August 2014
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Title: The House of Magic (2013)
Written by: James Flynn & Dominic Paris & Ben Stassen (scr); Ben Stassen (story)
Directed by: Jeremy Degruson & Ben Stassen
Running time:85 mins
Rating: G

The Players: (voices) Edward Asner, George Babbit, Murray Blue,

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