I feel a little distressed that I didn’t care for this much.
On the aesthetic and technical side, it’s a wonder. It looks beautiful: the landscape, the flora and fauna, the characters. There was a stupefying amount of work put into it.
However, the storyline was predictable and the pacing was sluggish. I also didn’t warm up to the main characters. I think it would have been more successful to have humans in the lead roles, ala Neverending Story.
I didn’t watch the making of which might have helped me appreciate the movie more. At very least it would have been highly entertaining to see the craft behind the magic.