Lilo & Stitch
Lilo & Stitch is a 2002 American animated science fiction comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 42nd Disney animated feature film, it was written and directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois in their directorial debuts. It features Daveigh Chase and Sanders as the voices of the title characters, and also features the voices of Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald, Ving Rhames, Jason Scott Lee, and Kevin Michael Richardson. It was officially released on June 21, 2002
A tale of a young girl's close encounter with the galaxy's most wanted extraterrestrial. Lilo is a lonely Hawaiian girl who adopts a small ugly "dog," whom she names Stitch. Stitch would be the perfect pet if he weren't in reality a genetic experiment who has escaped from an alien planet and crash-landed on Earth. Through her love, faith and unwavering belief in ohana, the Hawaiian concept of family, Lilo helps unlock Stitch's heart and gives him the ability to care for someone else.
Why It Rocks
- One of Disney's most beloved films.
- Disney makes a point in all their trailers and commercials to show Stitch as the Rodney Dangerfield of animated characters: he don't get any respect.
- Many likable and unique characters.
- One of the most realistic plots in any Disney film ever released.
- Lilo wanted to have a friend and we learn that Nani and Lilo's parents died which was very sad.
- Great voice acting. Even the film's own creator/writer/director (Chris Sanders) does well for his first lead voice acting role.
- Lilo named Stitch as her dog, until she knows him as an alien.
- Beautiful songs, including "He Mele No Lilo" and "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride".
- Elvis Presley. Hail to the King, baby.
- The final battle was somewhat awesome.
- Plenty of funny moments.
- The ending where Stitch wish that he wants a family and he already did.
- Great score of Robert Zemeckis's frequently worked films, Alan Silvestri.
- Kauai, Hawaii seems to be a great place.
- Stitch is extremely cute.
- Beautiful watercolor backgrounds, just like in Dumbo.
- Realistic and sympathetic portrayals of Native Hawaiians' modern day lives and struggles to get by.
- Nani's boyfriend David Kawena is very supportive and understanding of both Pelekai sisters' plights, and does the best he can to support them rather than try to force a romance with Nani when she is not emotionally available.
- Hilarious dialogue, such as "GO TO YOUR ROOM!!!!!!!!"
- It has memorable parody crossover trailers.
- The UK edit (also used on Disney+ worldwide) changed Lilo's hiding spot (in her and Nani's fight) from a dryer to a commode with a pizza box for a door.
- Mertle Edmonds can be annoying and unlikable sometimes. Also, Miranda Paige Walls sounded almost bored in the role, which made her decision not to continue pursuing an acting career understandable. (This film and the video game Lilo & Stitch: Trouble in Paradise are the only two major media works Walls ever performed on; Liliana Mumy took over the role of Mertle for the sequel films and Lilo & Stitch: The Series.)
- In addition to the UK edit where changed Lilo's hiding spot, the TV edit is worse as it just removes the scene altogether, leaving a plot hole for TV viewers.
- Granted, kids shouldn't be hiding in dryers anyway, but still.
- Jumba's noticeable art shifts in several scenes. Granted, this was due to circumstances beyond the production team's control, but it's still distracting.
Lilo & Stitch received largely positive reception. Rotten Tomatoes reported that the film has an 86% "Certified Fresh" approval rating based on 148 reviews, with an average score of 7.27/10. The site's consensus reads, "Edgier than traditional Disney fare, Lilo and Stitch explores issues of family while providing a fun and charming story.". The film has also earned a score of 73 on Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable reviews".