That was me and you're right. I was going based on the first two trailers I saw which annoyed the frak out of me. But I am noticing the tremendous amount of positive glow about the film, which reminded me a lot of Prep & Landing btw.
My mistake though, was just going "Oh, it's just Sony Animation". Well... it's also Aardman Animation, which brought us some greats like Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run, and... I also enjoyed Flushed Away quite a bit too.
So yah, I shouldn't discount it so soon but..... I don't think it has a high chance of winning either way.