“Magic Tree House” is an animated movie made by Media Factory, Inc. and is based on the series of children’s books of the same name written by Mary Pope Osborne. The story follows a brother who likes to read books and a sister who likes to explore. One day after school, they follow a strange creature to a tree house filled with books. By reading the books and saying, “I want to go there,” they are transported to numerous worlds and points in time in history.
I was really taken with the high quality animation. I’m not really acquainted with Media Factory, Inc., but I have watched at least two-three anime they produced, including “Soul Eater.” Now that I think about it, the few anime that I have seen from them have very smooth animation, and they’re very good with adapting the style of the manga to the anime. It makes me want to check out the other ones they made, and I’ll probably do that.
There were points in time where I felt that the anime was rushed. It is understandable since there are more than 20 books in the series, and the animators took four of them and jam packed it into a movie. It would probably work better as an animated series, but for a movie, I felt that it did very well. It definitely has an appeal for children, and I quite enjoyed watching it.
One problem I had with the movie is the voice acting. The voice actress for the younger sister is Mana Ashida, who is a well known child actor in Japan. Even though she is very cute and adorable, sometimes she can be too cute. I was all right with listening to her sugar sweet voice for the first half, but by the end of the movie, I felt as if I had too much and left with a toothache.
It was, nonetheless, a good movie for children. I’m not quite sure if the people who enjoyed the books will like this movie, but I’m sure that if they see the quality of the animation they would be at least satisfied.