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Lilo and Stitch (SE)
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04.06.2009 By: Sturdy
Lilo and Stitch (SE) order
Director:
Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

Actors:
Daveigh Chase
Chris Sanders
Tia Carrere

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
When a rowdy genetic experiment crash lands in Hawaii, itís up to a little girl to keep him safe and teach him about loyalty and family.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Other than Stitch spitting out water above the Disney Store at Downtown Disney on Orlando, FL, LILO AND STITCH, to me, is the film that proved Disney needs Pixar. Although not the last Disney film to use 2D animation, it felt like it was the last time they really tried. I appreciated the effort to create a movie and a character that was different and broke some of the unwritten boundaries Disney cartoons have, but the end result was a flat, tired looking film that doesnít hold up well to repeat viewings.

The animation is part of its charm, but when compared to similarly animated films of the time, it looks washed out and appears to be of lower quality. Thatís because they used a lot of watercolor backgrounds, which they hadnít done since DUMBO. It works to a degree, but even though itís a neat effect, the novelty wears off pretty quickly. That can be said for almost everything about LILO AND STITCH. The running gags, the strategically placed Disney nods and various other tricks got old after a while.

The odds were against the filmmakers from the beginning. We have an ugly, obnoxious little creature that we need to like in order to care about. But his obnoxiousness is the basis of the film, which creates a dilemma for the filmmakers. In the end, I think the basic idea of the film is flawed and they wouldíve been better off creating a true villain and having Stitch be more of a likable character. I know that would change the whole film, but I think it wouldíve also been a better film.

But I donít dislike LILO AND STITCH, I just didnít find it to be on par with other recent animated films. I didnít really like the character and I think the filmmakers got too caught up with trying to make it cute and inserting inside-jokes that they lost sight of trying to make a quality film.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois and Clark Spencer: Thereís a lot of back-story to the Stitch character and these guys do a great job of walking you through his development and how they made him a likeable enough character for the movie. They keep the track rolling and even though I didnít enjoy the film, I did appreciate this commentary.

A Stitch in Time (3:32): This is reminiscent of the marketing campaign for the film where they showed Stitch interacting with classic Disney characters. This was a little lame because he wasnít interacting with them, he was just pasted in there. It was too cutesy for its own good.

Burning Love (1:32): Kind of a pointless featurette with Wynona Judd in the studio, talking about her song in the film. It was too short to be interesting and should have been tacked onto the longer featurette.

Documentary (125:25): Two hours is a long time for a documentary on SCHINDLERíS LIST, let alone a 90 minute, secondary Disney cartoon. They try to be creative with it and use some hand-cameras and different angles. They have some of the people doing interviews walking around outside and things like that. Itís an exhaustive and efficient documentary, but I did not need to sit through two hours worth.

Deleted Scenes and Early Versions (20:48): None of these were decent scenes, but they were all fun to watch. They intermixed the black and white sketches with finished animation, complete with voiceovers and sound.

There are some Previews and a Still Gallery
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Like they said with the marketing campaign, LILO AND STITCH just doesnít have a place in the Disney library. Stitch is an obnoxious character and the film doesnít have the same Disney quality that weíre accustomed to.
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