When you think about it, 2009 was close to 2001, maybe not in quality, but hear me out.
1- More tribal feel
2-No big city, nothing to go on, simplicity itself!
3-New characters that we hardly know
4-When the hero(es) arrive, the village is in danger(Rahi, Skrall)
It just felt similar, and while I sometimes prefer '01, '09 was a great year, and might be more like the original year than most think.