Lilo & Stitch

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Director
Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
Runtime
1 h 25 min
Release Date
21 June 2002
Genres
Animation, Family
Overview
A lonely Hawaiian girl named Lilo is being raised by her older sister, Nani, after their parents die -- under the watch of social worker Cobra Bubbles. When Lilo adopts a funny-looking dog and names him "Stitch," she doesn't realize her new best friend is a wacky alien created by mad scientist Dr. Jumba.
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  • Lilo & Stitch: A Small Surprise
    Movies Lilo & Stitch - PGBest for: Small children and adultsThe plot: On the island of Hawaii, little Lilo (voice of Daveigh Chase) lives with her older sister Nani (voice of Tia Carrere) because their parents died in a tragic accident. Lilo is lonely, doesn't have many friends and longs to give love to something all her own. Seeing her loneliness, Nani takes her to an animal shelter, where Lilo picks a small ugly "dog" and names him Stitch, but she soon discovers Stitch is not the pet she thought he was -- he's an alien on the run from other aliens who want to kill him. Because of the love and "ohana" (a Hawaiian term for loyalty to family) Lilo shows Stitch, he stays with her while battling the evil forces that are still after him. David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald, Ving Rhames and Jason Scott Lee provide additional character voices.The good: I didn't think I would like this animated film. It looked silly, and I wasn't thrilled with the idea of a renegade alien befriending a little girl. I likewise wasn't attracted to this particular style of animation (I thought Stitch looked mean). But I have to admit, once I got into the story, heard the darling voice of Lilo, listened to the clever way the story uses Elvis music and discovered that the main themes of the story are the importance of family and loyalty to loved ones, it was hard not to enjoy it. There are lots of chase, battles and attempts to capture Stitch, but in the end, there's a peaceable solution and a happy ending.The bad: The animated aliens are overdone and look more silly than scary, but they may be upsetting for little ones. Stitch is a small monster that resembles a dog but has sharp teeth, four hands and wild eyes, so he takes some getting used to. The worst aspect of Lilo and Stitch may actually be the defiant behavior and bad attitude Lilo has toward other little girls (she jumps on one and hits her) and her sister. It's all explained by her parents' death, but kids won't see the reasons; they'll just observe her behavior and think it's cool and funny to act that way. The movie includes lots of chase scenes, shooting action, several incidents showing bad behavior (including one brief scene that shows Lilo reading a voodoo book and sticking pins in dolls that resemble girls who were mean to her) and destruction of property. So, although it ends up being an appealing story, this is one of those movies that requires some parental guidance and follow-up discussion afterward.Offensive language and behavior: Nani and Lilo yell at each other several times ("crazy", "stupid head", "you're such a pain," etc.) and defiant behavior that ends up destroying or damaging property. Stitch also has a way of destroying everything in his path (including their house) until he comes to love Lilo.Sexual situations: Nani and her boyfriend kiss. Nani dresses in shorts and a T-shirt that reveal her bare stomach, some cleavage and thighs.Violence: Abundant chase scenes and shooting. Stitch is run over by several trucks, attacked and hit, but he is indestructible. We never worry about him. Aliens shoot at Stitch and destroy Lilo's house.Parental guidance: Some of the material may be suspenseful and a little scary for younger kids, depending on their age and maturity level. Kids love to imitate bad behavior, so parents may want to discuss Lilo's behavior. I think it's also worth pointing out how Lilo's sister worked hard at taking care of her while trying to find work and keep a job at the same time (single parents will relate to that). Kids who have gone through divorce may be sensitive to the term "broken family," which is used a few times. I would advise all parents to talk about the themes and issues, just to make sure your kids understood the story.It's a wrap: I was pleasantly surprised by how charming Lilo and Stitch was. I think kids old enough to understand the sci-fi plot will enjoy it the most, but it will especially appeal to little girls who have experienced the trials and tribulations of friendships, and who have poured love and attention on a pet. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('gpt-ad-1'); }); ]]>
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  • Lilo and Stitch
    Movies from Film Forum, 06/27/02Disney's Lilo and Stitch has received very little fanfare for a Disney summer animated release. Nevertheless, it nearly beat Spielberg's blockbuster at the box office this weekend.And deservedly so. While the film is a mixed bag, its strengths greatly outweigh its weaknesses. This is a small, humble production, utilizing the studio's old-fashioned hand-drawn animation instead of the lush computer imagery of Tarzan and Atlantis. There are subtle, humorous moments, high-speed comic hijinx, and Star Wars-style spaceship chase scenes. The action scenes were probably included to keep kids awake. But they seem distracting and unnecessary, because the interaction of these remarkable characters is so enjoyable. While they're drawn simply, Lilo and Stitch are as endearing and memorable as Disney heroes come.Stitch is the name given to a runaway alien adopted by an orphaned Hawaiian girl named Lilo. Stitch is an experiment, a puppy-sized weapon of minor destruction who escapes a death sentence in outer space and crashes on Earth. Lilo is naïve enough to overlook his alien nature but perceptive enough to understand Stitch's loneliness. She traces his destructive tendencies to his lack of a loving family. Welcoming him with unconditional love into her ohanu( We are frequently reminded, "Ohanu means family") Lilo appeals to the little beast's softer, sweeter nature. And, fortunately for us, Stitch's growth into a self-controlled, kind-hearted alien in no way compromises his humor and his character. He remains unpredictable, surprising, and capable of making the grownups laugh out loud. But it is Lilo who wins our hearts. She's as spunky and original a heroine as any the studio has invented. I'd rather watch her than a starry-eyed Snow White or a quirkless Sleeping Beauty any day.When Lilo prays for an angel and is given a sharp-toothed monster, she demonstrates an important principle: Rather than waiting for love to come and rescue you, you can instead become the vessel through which transforming love arrives. While Stitch learns some lessons, Lilo is the one who changes life for her family. The film never denies that parents are good things, but it does give us a glimpse of how grace can cultivate good things even in broken families. When Lilo affirms that her family is "little, and broken, but good," it's not a typical Disney sentimental moment. It is rather a well-earned truth that, yes, produced a lump in the throat of this jaded moviegoer."When I find a film like Lilo & Stitch, I suddenly become ecstatic with the occupation I have chosen," raves Phil Boatwright (Movie Reporter). "What a delight. This is a smart film for kids, with enough sophisticated humor to keep attending adults just as entertained. It is the most artistic film achievement I have seen so far this year!" googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('gpt-ad-1'); }); Michelle Mauldin (Christian Spotlight) says, "Put all these characters and storylines together, and you've got a whopper of a movie, full of suspense, action, and heart-tugging moments. The film shows the value of unconditional love." Likewise, Ted Baehr (Movieguide) calls it "a delightful discovery. Lilo & Stitch extols love, perseverance, commitment, faith, family, and redemption." Mary Draughon (Preview) agrees, but cautions viewers about "slapstick violence" and "a slang word for posterior."Steven D. Greydanus (Decent Films) writes, "Lilo & Stitch is a unique imaginative achievement that succeeds in its own right, without laying down any kind of template for future films to follow. Attempts to repeat its success, to make it into a formula, would be a dismal failure, unless perhaps the formula were to be 'Give the creative people room to try something new and let them work without a safety net.' What a concept."The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' critic highlights the heroine: "Lilo's unsinkable optimism and hopefulness in the midst of a broken family life make her utterly sympathetic."Bob Smithouser (Focus on the Family) complains that Disney's constant repetition of the lost-parent plot is "an overused device. It may serve the story. It may even lift the spirits of a child who has faced similar tragedy and realizes that they, too, can overcome desperate sadness and loss. But I've often wondered about the cumulative effect of these films on non-orphaned Disney fans, and whether they fear for Mom and Dad's safety."Many mainstream critics reacted with surprise and delight. Kenneth Turan (Los Angeles Times) says, "Looser and less obviously formulaic in its fresh approach to our hearts, [the film] has an unleashed, subversive sense of humor that's less corporate and more uninhibited than any non-Pixar Disney film has been time out of mind. This is a happy throwback to the time when cartoons were cinema's most idiosyncratic form instead of one of its most predictable."MaryAnn Johanson (Flick Filosopher) admits, "Lilo & Stitch avoids feeling gimmicky because all its little quirks are woven into the story in such a way that to pull them out would unravel the tale. Even the running motif of happily making do with the family you've got … feels fresh and unforced. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('gpt-ad-2'); }); if (gptClientWidth >= 992 && gptClientWidth <= 1000000) googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('gpt-ad-3'); }); And Roger Ebert (The Chicago Sun-Times) calls it "a truly inspired animated feature. It's one of the most charming feature-length cartoons of recent years—funny, sassy, startling, original. It doesn't get sickeningly sweet at the end, it has as much stuff in it for grownups as for kids, and it has a bright offbeat look to it."REVIEWMovie Clips to Show or TellLilo & Stitchby David SlagleLeadership Journal, Spring 2003 ]]>
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  • The 10 Most Overrated Disney Animated Films
    Lifestyle For over 90 years, the Disney Studios has created some of the most memorable and enduring animated films of all time. But even a fanboy like me can admit that not everything Disney has released has been perfect. As much as Disney markets and hypes every animated feature as a classic, many of them are simply overrated. Here are the top ten.My ground rules were pretty simple: I didn't include Pixar's output because they haven't always been directly part of the Disney family. I also didn't include the direct-to-video "cheapquels" that Michael Eisner made so famous, because they're in a lower class all their own, and I left out the package features of the 1940s. Enjoy!10. Meet the Robinsons (2007) var dataLayer = window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || []; dataLayer.push({ 'videoName': 'Meet The Robinsons Movie Trailer', 'videoType': 'Curated' }); Once in a while, Disney tries to throw a bone to boys to make up for the prominence of the princesses in animated films. While the idea is worthwhile and the efforts are valiant, once in a while the more male-oriented movies fall short. 2007’s Meet the Robinsons is one of the latter.Meet the Robinsons had a lot of potential – a twisty, time travel story with a sweet adoption plot coupled with clever, stylized animation. Instead, Meet the Robinsons is dizzying, noisy, and just falls short. Part of the cartoon’s problem may stem from the fact that John Lasseter, newly taking over as head of animation after Disney acquired Pixar, suggested a retooling.Whatever the reason, Meet the Robinsons just didn’t make the impact that it could have. class="pages"> https://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2014/6/24/the-10-most-overrated-disney-animated-films/ previous Page 1 of 10 next   ]]>
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  • The 5 Most Overrated Experiences at Walt Disney World
    (”Lilo & Stitch” is briefly mentioned in this.)
    Lifestyle Last week I shared five underrated experiences at Walt Disney World. I always enjoy sharing what I love about my family's favorite vacation spot -- in fact, I've joked about becoming a travel agent specializing in Disney trips. When that post went live, my friend and editor David Swindle issued a challenge. He said, "Now you really have to do the 5 Most Overrated Disney World experiences."I thought about past attractions, like the lame 3D film Honey, I Shrunk The Audience at Epcot and its accompanying playground at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Or there's Dreamflight, Tomorrowland's late '80s attempt to update the superb If You Had Wings with a new sponsor. I considered upcoming ideas, like the forthcoming Avatar Land at Disney's Animal Kingdom - wouldn't a Star Wars Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios make more sense, provide more fun and be more timeless?After much deliberation, along with some brainstorming with my family, I chose to stick with current attractions. These are all experiences you can take part in currently. Some of them are attractions that have outlived their entertainment value or have become dated, while others represent time better spent doing something else. Regardless of the reason, you're better off avoiding these experiences -- or at least considering them strongly before undertaking them. class="pages"> https://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2013/9/20/the-5-most-overrated-experiences-at-walt-disney-world/ previous Page 1 of 6 next   ]]>
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  • Lions, Elephants, Genies, Witches and Jedi, oh My!
    (”Lilo & Stitch” is briefly mentioned in this.)

    Didja see it? The new (and first full-length) trailer for Disney’s remake of The Lion King? I didn’t watch it until this morning, which made me only about the 16 millionth person to do so in the last two days. And even though 1994’s animated classic The Lion King isn’t actually one of my favorite […]

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