that would be true if Cake made a huge splash musically and caused a thousand bands to imitate it and rarely put out albums until everyone was sick of Cake for the other bands. I think he's the equivalent of Seinfeld the comedian - when you hear Seinfield, he's still great at what he does, though you think his style is tiresome because it ended up being more famous than him, and it's not relevant anymore. but he's still funny, just not Louis CK funny.
I'll try to hone in on what I observe of this backlash - not just from here but from a lot of the snootier critics as well - since no one really has challenged the facts of the observation. I hate the word but I'll say it - Wes Anderson's not hip the way some of the audience want him to be hip anymore. It's a huge blind spot particularly to you Mod just because you've already spoken so much about it and it's pretty obvious to me and maybe RegularKarate and the other dudes here. You're mad at him but it's never related to the story or the characters or anything really that substantial - you just like how movies look and feel and sound, and you keep attacking him for things that some folks don't give a shit about. When Wes Anderson came out he was hip, like PT was hip, and now PT has transcended certain artifices that were huge in the 90s, styles that turned filmmakers rock stars, while Wes Anderson remained perfectly happy using them. And in a way, he's closer to Woody Allen, where he challenges himself personally with themes he's personally interested in, but with more or less an established look, cadence, and sensibilities. It's a silly way of looking at originality, which seems to be defined by your boredom of something, while your boredom seems to be defined by how well someone re-interprets your favorite genres. You enjoy genres that look and don't feel like genres, and Wes Anderson, for you, is just too Wes Anderson.