I liked the mystery of the movie, and I even enjoyed the creepy feeling that it gave me. I love most Tim Burton animated features, but this one is not my favorite. I don't think anything will top Nightmare Before Christmas. That one is just too good. I think the songs in that movie are the best, and while this film had some good show pieces, there wasn't enough song and dance for my taste. I did enjoy the hundreds of cute dogs and clever mice, though. They were definitely fun to watch.
I wouldn't say this is a family film for youngsters but teens could handle it.