No expectations is for the best.
Turns out the character design works well for animation, and the big blocky ugly hands are unobtrusive.
above: an animator's reel
A few scattered thoughts:
The animation itself is workmanlike, without much flourish. The design overpowers the picture.
The film owes a great debt Richard Williams -mostly in design. "The Thief and the Cobbler" predicts the ornate quality mixed with the tight retro-style line.
The crowd layout is particularly strong. Crowds of several monks move with a witty stylization.
It's a kids film, but contains very few throwaway gags we've seen in American children's films.