Monster House : 3 of 5
Since I try to see just about every animated movie that comes out, I had seen the trailer for Monster House so many times that I was definitely excited about seeing it. My pal Melinda and I saw it in 3D, and it was lots of spooky fun! The plot is really clever (but not too much of a mystery to figure out) and the story is full of exciting moments - I definitely would have been freaked out to see this when I was little, but it has a great intensity like an old Twilight Zone episode. As you know, the plot is about a house that is possessed so it's actually alive (and hungry!), and the design of the house and how it moves is really well done. I actually liked the design of most of the characters, though I think they could have gone even more cartoony (along the lines of The Incredibles). I've read that they used motion capture, which really does create some convincing body animation (the scene of the arcade geek playing a video game is a great example), but the speaking synchronization was a little funny - like the mouth couldn't really articulate properly. Sometimes the line of sight seemed to be off, too, but I'm getting too picky! The main thing is that the movie was thrilling! Seeing it in 3D added quite a bit, and was used mainly to immerse the audience in the environment (much like it was used in Chicken Little), rather than for cheesy effects. This movie would have been so much better to see in October, since the story takes place on Halloween, but I'm glad I didn't have to wait until then to see this fun movie.