Avid Pokemon TCG Card collector.
Yes. This was my issue with doing a direct translation of DP, which was mostly simple abstraction. Felt the same way about Let's Go's Kanto. ORAS was chibi, but also made an effort to modernize the world map for 3D. As an example.
Yes they pulled it off much better, the models in BDSP cutscenes (not battles) are literally like Funko Pop figurines. It's just jarring to look at.