I never watched this in theaters, because I hear the 3-D was excellent, for once.
unfortunately, when this came out, i decided to be an absolutely immature pixar fangirl. I refused to see it (and was afraid to like it) when it received such glowing reviews and many comparisons to pixar films.
then i watched it. And I realized- this is actually a good film. The animation is beautiful, the score is riveting and nuanced, the characters are interesting, and the interactions are realistic.
(especially the score. I love the score).
yeah, i have to agree, definitely on par with a lot of Pixar stuff, and with some of my Dreamworks favorites- Chicken Run, Shrek, and Antz.