With its cute ginger kitten hero and a captivating supporting cast of quirky magical automata charming Belgian-made animated adventure The House of Magic will leave young viewers purring. Compared with Disney and Pixar’s best efforts, the script and voice cast are a little lacklustre, it has to be said, but when the plucky young cat joins forces with a collection of clockwork gizmos and some other animals to defend a retired magician’s rambling mansion from his scheming estate agent nephew, the animation has such zip that it’s easy to forgive the film’s flaws.
Certificate U. Runtime 82 mins. Directors Jeremy Degruson, Ben Stassen.
Released on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD by StudioCanal on Monday 17th November.
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