The menu can be done easily. If you have microsoft paint, then design a small (note that) image of what you want the menu to look like. go to http://rysensoft.com/Verge/
and download the tutorial. don't worry though, the tutorial does not have to be your game but a practice file. Do all of the sections, the final is the menu. There is no menu.pcx (you'll understand when you get there) so that's when you go on microsoft paint and make the image 220 x 330 pixels.
Also, in the menu section, you can change what you want to see in the menu (sections, what-not) but I'm still working on making the menu do things which is why i'm checking out the sully chronicles vc files. as for creating animations, don't bother, I'm pretty sure it won't work. for more info on the menu, check out the forums, where i started a discussion on menus