Set largely within the confines of an ageing conjurer’s home, Jeremy Degruson and Ben Stassen’s undemanding computer-animated fantasy centres on a discarded feline, whose pluck and determination overcome adversity.
Abandoned ginger tabby cat Thunder (voiced by Murray Blue) is taken in by Lawrence, a retired magician, who is subsequently injured in a traffic accident and ends up in hospital. The old man’s scheming nephew Daniel (Grant George) attempts to sell the house and despatch his uncle to a retirement home, while the magician’s various animals attempt to foil his plot.
With its bright colours and linear narrative, The House Of Magic should engage younger audiences.
Older children will have to amuse themselves – the animation lacks the sophistication of Pixar, while the script operates on a single unchallenging level.