Netflix’s The House is a gorgeous creation in stop motion animation, yet it lacks substance. Check out the details in my parents guide review.
Netflix’s The House drops on the streaming service tomorrow, Friday, January 14th. The film is a compilation of three different stories, yet they all center around one specific topic: a house. Each story in the film used stop-motion animation and contained some strange and wildly creepy themes in the story line. Check out all the details in my parents guide review.
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The House Parents Guide
The House is an eccentric dark comedy about a house and the three surreal tales of the individuals who made it their home. An anthology directed by the leading voices in independent stop motion animation: Emma de Swaef and Marc Roels, Niki Lindroth von Bahr and Paloma Baeza and produced by Nexus Studios.
The House Age Appropriate Parents Guide
Let’s take a look at what parents need to know before letting their kids watch The House.
Language: The House contains strong language, with profanity used throughout. Lookout words include: f*ck, sh*t, d*mn, christ, and phrases such as “piss off.”
Mature Content: While The House is an animated film, there are many adult themes not appropriate for children. Characters are shown drinking alcohol and smoking marajuiana. Some scenes can be scary for a younger audience.
The best thing about Netflix’s The House is its brilliantly gorgeous animation style. Having visited LAIKA studios and learning the process and craftsmanship that go into creating a stop-motion film, I can safely say it is no easy feat. The animation in The House is some of the best I’ve seen and deserves all the acollades. The attention to detail and the ease of flow from one frame to the next is seamless. It truly is a beautiful work of art that should be celebrated.
Where The House falls short is in its story-telling, which is strange and tiresome. Chapter I is by far the strangest of the bunch, which centers around a family finally moving into their dream home, but their home isn’t all it appears to be. As time goes on, the house becomes creepier and creepier. The plot of the first storyline has potential, but it never fully materializes, and the quality goes downhill even moreso in the last two chapters.
The House could have truly been something special if it had nailed the storytelling. It is clear they spent much more time on the animation, which for what it’s worth, is worth the watch for that alone. Stop motion is an art form that has gone by the wayside these days, and there is only a few places doing it. It is a shame too, as there is so much potential in the medium. If creators of The House can successfully manage to partner with a crack writing team, I smell an Oscar on the horizon.