I was truly worried about going to see this movie with all of the extremely negative remarks that have been made. I am glad to tell the majority out there that this movie kicked butt. That's right, I loved it and can't wait to see the next one. And yes, I hope it is the same director, actors (regardless if they're green, blue, yellow or neon pink), animals, elements, bugs and all. I will admit there was a little 'spark' missing as compared to the series. But tell me this. How could one match or even out-do the series? I'd like to think it is impossible. Keep it up guys, I think you did just fine and can't wait to own the trilogy. I almost own the series and now I already have a new adventure to look forward to. Watch it again folks, I've been disappointed with movies before that I eventually bought on DVD. Maybe it is ones mind-set (at that given moment) that has the most influence on judging any movie... or task.