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Lilo & Stitch
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by Erik Childress

"Disney Uses Gremlins To Create The Funniest Character of the Year"
4 stars

In their continued efforts to go Looney Tunes with their animated offerings, Disney now brings us the newly created black sheep of their cinematic family in Stitch. He is tiny, blue, kinda looks like an animal and looks even more like he should be the wacky songbird sidekick. But’s he’s not. Stitch is an alien. Not just any alien, but a genetically created one designed solely to be a monster and programmed for destruction. He’s also the funniest character you are likely to see created in any film all year.

Stitch comes from Planet Turo at the hands of a four-eyed mad scientist who has illegally dabbled in genetics with this new creation. Scheduled for destruction, the blue four-armed creature escapes in a rocketship and crash lands in Hawaii. Local youngster Lilo (LEE-lo) isn’t a favorite among her peers and under the not-so-watchful eye of her guardian big sister, Nani (Tia Carrere), is creative but somewhat misbehaved to the point of hysterically beating up her classmates when they disagree with her. Recently assigned social worker, the hulking Cobra Bubbles (Ving Rhames) plans to keep an eye on their progress together.

Stitch, a volatile little bugger himself with the strength of an army of ants, is in fact like Bruce Willis in Unbreakable
or Ricardo Montalban’s pen in The Naked Gun, impervious to everything except water. When he winds up in an animal shelter and pursued by his creator and one-eyed assistant, Stitch sucks in his two extra arms and pretends to be a dog with Lilo taking an instant liking to him. After some initial biting and furniture smashing, Lilo begins to tame Stitch with a little help from the music of the King, setting up one of the film’s highlight comic sequences where the alien takes to singing and dancing.

This middle section of the film with the initial introduction of the two titular characters leads to about 20 minutes of solid, uninterrupted bursts of tremendous laughter. There may not be anything highbrow about aliens and kids destroying anything that comes into their path, but when presented quickly and unexpected in both the back-and-foreground, it can be raised to an art form. Several sections of Lilo & Stitch aspire to this level of humor where it never fails and, surprisingly, never gets old.

Lilo & Stitch probably owes as much to Joe Dante’s Gremlins than anything else. Stitch is virtually a genetic molding of Gizmo the Mogwai and his after-midnight munching green alter-ego. He likes to chomp on things, cause all kinds of mischief and destruction and even sounds like Howie Mandel is providing his vocal stylings. Also keep an eye out for Stitch’s use of a chainsaw and the appearance of a Swiss Army-like product that looks a lot like Hoyt Axton’s Bathroom Buddy.

Where some parents may wince at the depiction of hostile brattiness and unchecked vandalism, there’s also a nice heart at the center of this mayhem where families are concerned. Nani is trying her best to raise Lilo and has a nice scene where she would rather be considered a great sister than a bad mother. Stitch also finds himself craving the belonging of a family unit in the sci-fi tradition of films like A.I. Artificial Intelligence and Short Circuit and it’s a message that pays off several times between both relationships.

Stitch’s antics immediately recall the days of Warner Bros. and Mel Blanc and hardly seem suited for the sensibilities of the more fanciful, homespun musical adventures of Walt Disney. But give first-time animation directors Dean Deblois and Chris Sanders a big pat on the back for improving upon the goofy elements that Disney experimented with in The Emperor’s New Groove just a few years back. The movie as a whole, may not go down in the canon of classic Disney treatments, but if there’s any truth in advertising left in the entertainment business, Stitch is an absolute classic character. He may just be another in a wide range of Disney’s leading women, men and animals, but it’s a family he deserves to belong to nevertheless.

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User Comments

9/14/17 morris campbell cute film 4 stars
10/20/11 Magic One of the very best Disney 00's movies. Stitch is well-animated and the style is appealing 4 stars
11/24/08 2008Disney Disney's most overrated film. A weak story, despisable characters and a bad script. 2 stars
11/04/08 Dominic Lilo And Stitch is the best since SNOW WHITE,SLEEPING BEAUTY,PINOCCHIO and FANTASIA. 5 stars
4/16/08 Stitch Wife Lilo & Stitch was the BEST movie of 2002 5 stars
4/25/07 lenique the only thing more exciting is EVERYTHING 1 stars
2/09/07 Soranos I thought this movie was pretty good actually, when compared to other movies I've seen. 4 stars
8/15/06 Gabrielle Mangan I've seen Lilo and stitch movie often 5 stars
8/06/06 Pawe³ Mikulski This is the best American film for child when i see,i want more please!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
7/11/06 David Cohen "Brattiness is cool!" What Dinsney meathead thought that was a good lesson for kids? 1 stars
6/20/06 Herculade Overly saccharine, but a winner for young families. 5 stars
12/07/05 daniel smith it was ok 5 stars
8/30/05 ES Liked the movie, should have loved it but couldn't help feeling something was missing 4 stars
7/09/05 Alexandra Trad it is great 5 stars
3/12/05 Alice Colwell funny 4 stars
3/12/05 crandall101 I loved it! 4 stars
3/10/05 Caen Lilo and Stitch was a great movie, one of the top new Disney Icons 5 stars
11/17/04 Gooey crap 1 stars
7/07/04 michaelb14 Great Movie! 5 stars
5/31/04 Nobody Too much elvis, but better than most of the crap disney puts out nowadays 4 stars
5/13/04 Yasu Disney's BEST! I LOVE IT! 5 stars
5/11/04 Sean Scanlan Okay 3 stars
4/08/04 LILO&STITCH FANATIC! THE BEST! The series is awesoeme to! 5 stars
3/11/04 Pirka The best ever! seen the sequel? 5 stars
2/27/04 Tiffany I luved this movie stitch is so cute 5 stars
1/26/04 HorrorScribbler Not your typical cartoon! 5 stars
11/28/03 Joseph Gay 1 stars
11/11/03 Nathan My fave Disney movie since Beaty and the Beast! 5 stars
10/11/03 Princess This movie was Excellent!!!:) 5 stars
10/07/03 Kitty This movie is so adorable! Lilo is such a cute kid. 5 stars
6/14/03 Alice Cute ! 4 stars
4/13/03 Mystique sweeeeeeet 5 stars
3/21/03 Mandy absolutely fantastic 5 stars
2/25/03 Ken That was Disney? But it was more funny than sappy! 4 stars
2/04/03 laura best disney cartoon ever 5 stars
2/01/03 Mike the best disney movie ever 5 stars
1/22/03 Timur BEST DISNEY's MOVIE - IT'S GREAT !!!! STITCH , I LOVE YOU :-) 5 stars
1/03/03 Caitlin It's an engaging, hilarious film with an original plot line. It's worth the money! 5 stars
12/18/02 Cuthbert H. Perez It was Hilarious,and very Creative, I love the mesage and the warmth 5 stars
11/23/02 Andrew kicks ass! even this is better than clones! 5 stars
11/02/02 daniel brisascall Brilliant 5 stars
10/19/02 Chance Lilo is too cute. Loved this movie. 5 stars
10/11/02 GABBY best iv ever seen of cartoons. i LOVE IT!! 5 stars
9/28/02 Sophie Williams Fantastic! you MUST see this! 5 stars
9/10/02 John McNew The funniest family movie since 'Shrek' 5 stars
9/02/02 Eryn Pluim This is a WONDERFUL movie! Don't believe anyone who would say different! 5 stars
8/21/02 faye one of the best films i've ever seen 5 stars
8/20/02 Marian Valdez It's Great! I have fun watching this movie 5 stars
8/08/02 effendy is good 1 stars
8/03/02 Sara Cross Excellent film, wonderful story and gorgeous colors in the animation, a sweet film. 5 stars
8/02/02 Stephanie Luong and Brent Cadavona The best animated Disney movie ever! 5 stars
7/26/02 Turtle Funny, sad, cute, and charming. Believe it or not, I've just described a Disney movie. 5 stars
7/25/02 J. Jones Hilarious, touching, and gorgeous. Hail to the King, baby! 5 stars
7/23/02 Bueller Right now, somewhere, Walt Disney is scratching his head, and asking "What the...?" 3 stars
7/20/02 ! Just 4 tha kids! 5 stars
7/09/02 zach you people who didn't like it are idiots. Great movie. 5 stars
7/09/02 orpy who dreams this shit up??!! 2 stars
7/09/02 iambubby Introducing... crap-mation! Sucked. Hard. 1 stars
7/02/02 J.J. Pearce Too weak for adults, too scary for kids. 2 stars
7/01/02 Robert Mr. Weinberg, get a clue. If you weren't entertained by Lilo and Stitch, check your pulse. 5 stars
7/01/02 J This film deserve's as much praise as it could possibly get. 5 stars
6/29/02 Freyja Cute and touching and genuinely funny. 5 stars
6/29/02 Rampage better than the crappy Hey Arnold! movie 4 stars
6/29/02 Cris Awesome--funniest disney movie I can remember, and one of the best animated in years. 5 stars
6/28/02 Stephen Smith Cool film 5 stars
6/28/02 Tracy I thought the movie was cute and funny. Another good job for Disney. 5 stars
6/27/02 Mario Cheap laughs? Hardly. So what DO you consider good Disney. 5 stars
6/27/02 Zman Bad. Another case of Disney trying to get a cheap laugh out of five year olds. 1 stars
6/25/02 Shark Cute and funny! The ending is satisfactory, but don't let that stop you! 5 stars
6/25/02 Brian Easily one of the best in years. See it for yourself, and you won't be disappointed. 5 stars
6/25/02 Adriana Collado Not like other Disney films 3 stars
6/25/02 bud Love it so much I cried. 5 stars
6/25/02 JesseL The kids will love it. Not too hard on the adults. 4 stars
6/24/02 Veronica Cute film, but not as outstanding as previous disney films. Sappy ending. 3 stars
6/24/02 Mario Disney employees my foot. You obviously have no heart or sense of wonder. 5 stars
6/24/02 PineappleClock look at all the IPs... these are disney employees reviewing the movie! CAUGHT LOL 1 stars
6/24/02 Reese first time i've laughed so hard at a disney film 5 stars
6/24/02 gene The best Disney movie I've ever seen 5 stars
6/24/02 Dean Best animated film, from anybody, since JUNGLE BOOK! Superb character animation. 5 stars
6/23/02 Bob Very entertaining with a solid message 5 stars
6/23/02 sfg this movie was plenny good fun 5 stars
6/23/02 Mario Get a life, you freaks. This movie rocked. 5 stars
6/22/02 The Bomb69 i laughed a lot, ending was kind of muddled though 4 stars
6/22/02 max zhang Fun -- but a porn flick with Snow White is better. 3 stars
6/22/02 Frank Sanders One of Disney's best animations ever. 5 stars
6/21/02 Stephanie A sweet and hilarious movie. 5 stars
6/21/02 Cool LAd THIS MOVIE IS DA BOMB 5 stars
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