Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: NR Length: 86 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 3+. The film’s storyline is very simple and straightforward, and therefore might work best for very young children. There is some bullying between animals, the discussion of abandoning pets, some bathroom humor with bird poop and a dog biting a man’s crotch; a nefarious plan to force an older man into retirement, a few uses of the curse word that’s one letter different from “darn,” and the threat of death against the film’s cat protagonist. Those elements are somewhat surprising, because the film skews quite young.
‘Thunder and the House of Magic’ relies on visual tricks to support its very simple story following a cat who is abandoned and finds a new home. But the chase scenes, POV, and 3-D don’t further develop the extremely thin characters or fill in some of the plot inconsistencies.
By Roxana Hadadi
Children’s movies aren’t really children’s movies anymore, not with studios, directors, and writers wanting to please parents, too. In the wake of “Shrek,” practically every movie has inside jokes for older viewers, too, and then sometimes there are phenomena like what happened with “Frozen,” which was embraced by older LGBT viewers for its themes and messages. But “Thunder and the House of Magic” is not that kind of movie. A simplistic story with no additional layers than what you’re seeing onscreen, the film is firmly and only for the very youngest of viewers.