I don't have time to do a full review here as we are in the last weekend of the Writing Program. However, I do want to give a thumbs up to Columbia Pictures' Monster House. It's a very clever story. Really clever.
(I offer it as a beginner's textbook to those who thought that Lady in the Water was a good story. More on this later...)
My only question watching it was whether it is too creepy for the kids for whom animated films about Halloween should be the main audience. I think it would be fine for ten year olds and up. I would be wary of littler kids going - NOTE TO AL: I think it would be too much for Little John.
But it is a good piece of work. Again, a good story. Nothing extra. Great execution.