Ehh.... I was actually alive in 2002 and 9/11 was just not a daily topic of conversation among kids in April/May 2002. Maybe sure, in the fall or Winter of 2001.
But anyways, I think the movie is just fine not acknowledging 9/11. Also it takes place in Toronto, not NYC.
Assuming that you must...
how do you guys feel about Turning Red's Oscar chances?
I feel it highly depends on how Lightyear turns out. Like maybe if Lightyear is in the 80s on the tomatometer, they might lean on Turning Red for Oscars.
Also there's Strange World, but who knows about that.
Whether it's clichéd or not is neither here nor there. It's brilliantly original in my opinion, for what it is: A pixar movie.
The difficult moments are why I love it so... and I think people just want to forget about them sometimes.
Was the Buddy aspect the only thing that was flouted?
I wonder how Lasseter would have responded to some of the more unconventional scenes... such as the ones that pushed the PG envelope. (Mermaid drawings, Red Peony etc.)