Lilo and Stitch (DVD)
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Neil, Goodwood. 10 September 2002
Lilo & Stitch is for me undoubtedly the best full-length animation motion picture from the Disney Studios since Aladdin. The reason for this is probably as in Aladdin, Lilo & Stitch is an all out fun filled comedy ride where the title character keeps coming up with unexpected things that just keeps you surprised and laughing throughout the movie.
On a planet far from here a rogue scientist, Dr. Jumba Jookiba is sentenced to prison for an illegal genetic experiment he has conducted where in he has created a small but extremely dangerous powerful and intelligent little blue creature – experiment 626.
The authorities want to exile experiment 626 to an as far off planet as possible, but during the space transit 626 manages to elude the robot guns guarding him and make his way to Hawaii, Earth. The scene with the robot guns is hilarious and sets the mood for the rest of the movie. Once you see the amounts of destruction 626 is capable off, you cannot not but feel pity for the poor Earthlings who are going to come across this creature.
But of course this is a Disney movie and nothing bad will really happen so parents do need fear. Anyway on Hawaii we see a little girl Lilo and the domestic problems see and her big sister Nina are having. When Lilo sees experiment 626 space ship crash land she sets out to make a wish for a pet. And before long guess who her pet ends up to be, why experiment 626 of course, who she names Stitch.
I don’t want to give away any more of the movie. It is really beautifully animated with lovely pastel like watercolour backgrounds. Also Lilo & Stitch features a number of Elvis songs to help set the tropical mood of the movie. Suffice to say Lilo & Stitch is a movie filled with enormous amounts of fun. Stitch’s reaction to everyday day-to-day events causes mayhem at every turn. There are also a number of sly sci-fi movie references in the movie to Godzilla, Jaws, Star Wars, MIB and probably many more I may have missed to mention.
I should note I probably laughed more in Lilo & Stitch and the other adults with me, than the little kids of say six to eight years old sitting next to me. I’m guessing a number of the jokes may have been too subtle for them. Still the on screen spectacle and adventure kept them pretty rapt and quiet surprisingly enough. Lilo & Stitch is a real winner from Disney. It is way better than last years Atlantis for example. Highly recommended for all those still young at heart moviegoers.
Steve, . 26 March 2003
LILO & STITCH
A film review by Steve Rhodes
Copyright 2002 Steve Rhodes
LILO & STITCH, written by Chris Sanders (MULAN), proves what SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON forgot. When you're making an animated feature, especially when it's a traditionally drawn one and not a computer drawn picture, it's all about the quality of the script. And in that department, the delightfully sweet yet charmingly edgy story of the little Hawaiian girl Lilo (voiced by Daveigh Chase) and her alien companion Stitch (voiced by director Chris Sanders) is a wonderful treat that's more for the ears than the eyes. The eyes, however, have plenty to enjoy. The soothing palette for the picture is made up of lush pastels, heavy on the blue. There's even a line in the movie that subtly pokes fun at its own color scheme.
The story concerns a lovable misfit originally named Experiment 626. A little guy with razor sharp teeth, he mainly just hisses when he isn't destroying something. With the ability to move objects three thousand times his size, he is a threat to everything with which he comes into contact. Because of this, he is banned to a far-off planet named Earth.
After landing on the island of Kauai, Experiment 626 ends up being incarcerated at the local dog pound, where he is adopted by Lilo, who names him Stitch. A loner who is constantly teased by her supposed friends, Lilo shares many personality traits with Stitch, so they make perfect companions.
A terrific subplot involves Lilo's big sister and guardian, Nani (Tia Carrere), who has trouble keeping her job because of Lilo and Stitch's antics and has trouble keeping Lilo out of the hands of the child protective service for the same reasons. Although Chris Sanders's voicing of Stitch is the best in the movie, close behind is the hilarious work of Ving Rhames as the voice of Cobra Bubbles, the child protective service officer who looks like a cross between a Secret Service agent and a private club bouncer.
LILO & STITCH is a movie with a good message ("Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.") that never feels preachy or disingenuous. It's also one that skewers the normally sacred text of animated movies -- environmentalism. The reason that the aliens can't just destroy Earth when they want to eliminate Experiment 626 is that our entire planet turns out to be a wildlife preserve for the endangered mosquitoes. Moreover, the aliens are strictly forbidden to kill any human beings since they are "part of the mosquito food chain." Just think about that the next time you're inclined to swat the mosquito that's noshing on your blood.
LILO & STITCH runs 1:25. It is rated PG for "mild sci-fi action" and would be acceptable for kids of all ages.
My son Jeffrey and his friend Nick, both age 13, gave the movie ***. They thought it was cute and funny and had a nice story.
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