pretty damn good for 2002!
For what it's worth your improvements in future installments were outstanding and why I always comeback to them from time to time, this however even for it's time was just generally bad, I didn't enjoy it and was shocked how much better the second one was when I saw these for the first time, it's short, anti-climatic, and was sort of retconed in a later installment, love your work but this just falls short compared to the rest.
Yeah, this was weak compared to the other ones. Still, I thought it was an okay start. The best thing is probably how it does have a good story. It does need more action here. For 2002, the animation honestly wasn't that bad. It's great to see how everyone gets better.
I even forgot about the title castle. It was more about the stick figures. A 3.63 isn't that bad. Well, it's hard to tell with the new rating system. I've seen much crappier.