I watched this back in 1986, thought it was OK. So I thought it might be interesting to rewatch it after owning an old house for 15 years or so. Still think it is OK. The movie is just a series of exaggerated sight gags strung together. I guess what struck me most from the rewatch wasn't so much the house problems hitting home, but how much of "Sheriff Woody" is in Tom Hank's performance.
Interesting concept as it was filmed over 12 years. A lot of it is instantly relatable, even though my boyhood was 25 years earlier than the movie. The movie works not by showing us something new, but by showing something that most of us have in common. The movie is also interesting as it shows the evolution of the culture between 2002 and 2013. The writer wisely opted to only write major plot points and include elements from each year's zeitgeist. A minor criticism, Rather than film one year they should have perhaps done more than one per year during the younger scenes as the aging looks a bit discontinuous, especially for the older sister.
The story plays out as an implausible Rube Goldberg contraption collection of events. The meandering goes on too long until the inevitable happy ending. Nothing rings true, from the over inflated sentence of the protagonist, to the too perfect plans of the criminal genius. That said, I watched the whole thing so it is mildly watchable.
As a lover of the first Creepshow, I actually went to see this in the theater. The most memorable part about that was the fact that we were about 15 minutes late (so missed the first 10 minutes or so.) This is a bit like Frankenstein's monster, picking up the scraps from the first one with a bit of super cheap animated glue. It is obvious they were doing it on the cheap, only 3 shorts when the original had 5? Why blow the budget for low rent animation when live action would have been better for the connecting story. The Raft is the only one on par with any of the first Creepshow. As phoned in as this sequel is, it is in fact watchable (and because of brevity digestible). Creepshow 3 on the other hand isn't even watchable.
I watched this because I remember the charming children's book as a kid. Like the Hobbit, the Grinch and other Dr. Seuss short stories padded and puffed up with filler it just doesn't work for me.
From an animation perspective I give it a fail as well. The bright colors of the animation don't serve the setting or the quaint time of the setting well at all. Why is that all 3-d animation has taken on the same style? The motley crew of bulls and hedgehogs (gag) make the story too farcical.