It had derring do, a beautiful maiden in need of rescue, a battered hero to step up and save the day. It had laughs that came naturally from the story instead of being self-aware winks at the audience. The story and set design came as a tribute to wonder, adventure, and grand story telling of the past.
In short, it had many of the qualities we loved in Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.
Andrew Stanton's movie has been given a bad name which should more properly go to "the toxic buzz that has curled around the movie before anyone had seen it" as Peter Travers said in his Rolling Stone review.
Travers didn't love it, but we did. And we're not ashamed to say it.