Belgium 2013, 90', DCP, color
Ben Stassen and Jérémie Degruson
Caroline Van Iseghem
Anton Capital Entertainment
1 Place du Spectacle, 92130 Issy-les Moulineaux, France
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Seeking shelter from a storm, abandoned young cat Thunder sneaks into a mysterious mansion owned by retired magician Lawrence, aka "The Illustrious Lorenzo". Lawrence shares his fairy-tale world with many animals and a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos, lorded over by a chubby rabbit and shy mouse. When Lawrence ends up in the hospital, his nephew tries to trick him into selling the house. But its ragtag inhabitants develop a spooky strategy to defend their home. They turn their house into a haunted mansion, using Thunder as their secret weapon.
"In the beginning, the English title was 'The Enchaunted House', but the word 'magic' fits better with the film because the house belongs to a magician and because the characters use magic. So we preferred to call it The House of Magic. And it’s not a scary film at all. Even the scene where the potential buyer for the house ends is scared and leaves the house screaming 'the house is haunted!' is completely fun because the audience knows the whole thing has been orchestrated by the characters who live in the house." [Ben Stassen]
"There are 50 characters in The House of Magic and each one is drawn. Beforehand, there was a lot of research. We tried out different designs and a range of approaches. For Thunder, we needed a young cat, somewhere between a kitten and an adult cat, so in terms of proportions, we did different tests to get the effect we wanted." [Jérémie Degruson]
Ben Stassen (Belgium) studied at the USC School of Cinema and Television and spent two years working for US television. In 1990 he discovered computer aided animation and produced Krsto Papic’s My Uncle's Legacy, which won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film. In 1994 he co-founded the production and distribution company nWave Pictures. Four years later he directed his first short film in IMAX 3D, Encounter in the Third Dimension. In 2007 he made his feature debut with Fly Me to the Moon, the first animated feature completely produced in 3D relief.
Jérémie Degruson has been working with Ben Stassen for nearly 20 years, as both an animator and visual effects designer. He was art director on Fly Me to the Moon and A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures. He makes his directorial debut with The House of Magic.
2013 The House of Magic
2012 Sammy's avonturen 2
2010 Sammy's avonturen: De geheime doorgang
2008 Fly Me to the Moon
2001 Haunted Castle (cm)
1999 Alien Adventure (cm)
1998 Encounter in the Thrid Dimension (cm)
2013 The House of Magic