Thunder and The House of Magic (NR)
Animation 85 min. September 5, 2014
The story is serviceable enough: Thunder finds his way into the spooky home of a kindly old children's magician (Doug Stone), and must band together with the distrustful resident animals to prevent the magician's evil real-estate agent nephew (Grant George) from selling the house when the geezer is hospitalized. The 3-D–ready chases are the movie's raison d'être, recalling Degruson and Stassen's IMAX 3-D short Haunted Castle, and while Thunder was indeed designed to be shown in 3-D, the fact that it's being projected domestically in 2-D makes the theme-park ride sequences all the more tiresome. But Murray Blue does good voice work as the constantly imperiled Thunder, and precious few theme park rides feature subplots about the real estate market.