Since Halloween is my fovorite Holiday, I could not resist buying this DVD for me, and my kids. I had not previously seen this made-for-TV special, but found it for such a reasonable price, I took the plunge. In hindsight, a good move. Here is a list of my thoughts as they spill from my gooey BRAIN!!...
-Why 4 stars? The CGI is a little crude (when compared to other TV CGI productions). I'm being a little picky, but I found it a distraction to see ocassional surfaces protrude through things unintentionally (Head through hare) and unatural motion for human characters (a bit "floaty").
-The story is near perfect. It captures the Halloween spirit we all remember as kids. All FUN with a hint of SCARE!!
-Some references will become dated with time (I'm a rich baseball player in an SUV") but overall, it's not too trendy.
-I got a little tired of the "Wolfman being hungry" gag. The vampire family, on the other hand, epitomize funny scares.
-This DVD is extras free. A bit dissapointing but not a show stopper.
-Color is spectacular. All the greens, oranges, blacks, reds and purples you wish Halloween shows would display.
-Dispite the nit-picking, I really fell in love with this as a holiday regular. It will be a tradition in our house.
-Some of the dialogue was ill timed and poorly paced, but the voices were spot-on. Truly appealing characters all around.
-Definitely a few lessons for kids to learn from this adventure. "Consequences" certainly a key point. Also "judging a book by it's cover", "don't believe everything you're told" and being responsible, are hammered home while enhancing the story. No small accomplishment.
-The soundtrack is "Shock-n-roll" alla "The Munsters Theme". Actually pretty cool!
In a nutshell, other than a few technical "gliches" and some timing flaws (at least I thought so), you can't go wrong with this Halloween "Spook-tacular", especially if you have pre-teens, though I really enjoyed it myself.