Lilo & Stitch
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"As Elvis might put it, you can't help falling in love with LILO & STITCH." -- Claudia Puig, USA TODAY. Out-of-this-world storytelling, stunning Disney animation, and wild and irresistible characters are at the heart of Disney's hilarious new animated adventure. This worldwide box office sensation is a heartwarming comedy about the power of loyalty, friendship, and finding your place in the world. On the lush and tropical Hawaiian Islands, an independent little girl named Lilo adopts what she thinks is an innocent puppy, completely unaware that he is a mischievous creature who has escaped from a faraway planet. Stitch takes Hawaii by storm, wreaking havoc and hanging ten while he evades the alien bounty hunters who are bent on recapturing him. It's an action-packed comedy the whole family will enjoy over and over again.
- Deleted scenes: Stitch's Trial, Gantu Challenges, Bedtime Story
- "Burning Love": behind the scenes with Wynonna
- A*Teens music video: "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You"
- "A Stitch in Time" short
- How-to-hula lesson
- "Inter-Stitch-als": Stitch wreaks havoc in an array of Disney classics
- DisneyPedia: Hawaii
- Animating the Hula
- "The Young Voices of Hawaii" featurette
- On Location with the directors
- Build an alien experiment game
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There are so many reasons why I give Lilo & Stitch a perfect score. For starters, the writers decided to tell a story of a family going through hard times and they do such an excellent job. I found myself caring for Lilo and Nani, hoping for things to end in the usually happy way that Disney movies do.
I also love the character Stitch. He has the friendly looks of ET and some of the most energetic antics I have ever seen in a cartoon character. Stitch is an absolute welcome sight for any die hard Disney fan.
The animation is also spectacular. The use of Hawaii as the setting gives Lilo & Stitch a beautiful looking back drop. The use of water colors being blended in with traditional animation is stunning.
Lilo & Stitch also has a great soundtrack with a perfect selection of Elvis Presley songs that are complemented by the score of Back to the Future composer Alan Silvestri.
The movie also delivers important messages for kids in a very entertaining way. Stitch is the perfect solution for the trouble that Lilo and Nani have been facing, but during the films climax it seems as though they feel like he is not. This tells kids to be careful when searching for the solution to their problems. On top of that there is the theme of ohana. Ohana is Hawaiin for family. Lilo says that family means that nobody gets left behind or forgotten. The use of this theme brings my to tears.
The writing is excellent, the characters are great, the animation is spectacular, and the messages for kids are delivered perfectly. Lilo & Stitch is a rare movie that is as close to perfect entertainment and rightfully deserves my seal of approval.
If you'd like a really short review, please read the final paragraph of this review. If you'd like to read a little more about how the movie might be taken, keep on reading.
But it's not just a bauble. The plot sees a colorful and funny cast of aliens interacting with a struggling pair of sisters living on Hawaii's Kauai island, just as DCFS asks pointedly if younger sister Lilo is better off living with older sister Nani. The arrival of Stitch (an alien genetic experiment gone awry) throws everything into chaos for them both, including some pretty great scenes when Nani tries desperately to find a new job only to have Lilo and Stitch ruin her chances accidentally. It's the best use of a montage I've seen in a long, long time and gives some good laughs along the way.
The A plot revolves around a family dynamic which incorporating Stitch by degrees and Nani's struggle to keep Lilo in her life. The B plot is the alien federation's attempts to secure Stitch ("Experiment 626") and put him in exile. The final act marries the A plot and B plot well, and it finishes on a high note. Not typical 'Disney pie in the sky, everything's good forever' stuff, but Lilo and Nani have a chance at a better life.
There are some moments that are pretty painful for an older teen or adult to watch, particularly one scene where it becomes clear Lilo should be placed in foster care, and for some Nani's struggles strike close to home. It's not framed the way most Disney films approach "broken" families - both Lilo and Nani need each other, but they're both ill-equipped to support each other. That's not exactly fixed by magic wand at the culmination of the movie, but the new house and a wider support network (including two exiled scientists from Stitch's federation of planets) suggest things might get easier.
Most kids will focus on Stitch - I mean his name is in the title! Trying to cope with his "genetic programming" and unable to act on his aggression, he comes to terms with not currently having a "family" as a spliced clone. He comes to make his own extended family with Lilo, Nani, and a few secondary characters. In the end he's a hero for saving Lilo from a kidnapping by an overzealous space captain out for Stitch's bounty, and Stitch remains happily exiled on Earth with his new family or "ohana." There's plenty of funny "bad boy" behavior and trickery by Stitch, and kids and adults alike will enjoy the action scenes. As violence goes it's bloodless but dynamic, fun, with huge sweeping motions and rolling fight scenes.
If it's a rainy afternoon and you have some kids over, pop some popcorn and watch this. Be prepared for a few "pew pew pew" sound effects and giggles every time Stitch scurries on six (yes, six) limbs. If not, there's nothing to stop you from enjoying a well-animated movie about family and aliens that doesn't pluck at the same heartstring over and over again. It knows its marks, it makes it, but it's not cloying, and its execution in animation and plot are both pretty neat.
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