I admit that as the first entry in this series, it seemed to be mostly exposition. I still appreciated this. It's mostly because I'm watching it at an appropriate time. The animation seems to be pretty good in this. I especially like the way the lips move. It's really noticeable.
It still seems like this was necessary. You have definitely set the story and characters up. Again, I'm glad it's October! I always love that movie. You're taking a nice direction with this.