Review Date: June 19, 2002
Director: Chris Sanders, Dean Deblois
Writer: Chris Sanders, Dean Deblois
Producers: Clark Spencer
Daveigh Chase as Lilo
Chris Sanders as Stitch
Tia Carrere as Nani
The beautiful Hawaiian landscape, beach and culture also added to the "fun" aspect of the picture, and even though neither of the three "human" leads were especially engaging, the whole family angle touched me enough to care about them all in the end (on an interesting side-note, both Tia Carrere and her boyfriend in the film, Jason Scott Lee, are born in Hawaii in real life). The last 20 minutes of the movie are also an all-out blast with action, escapes and captures up the wazoo, and a nice conclusion to render it all complete. I think this film will definitely appeal to kids because the two lead characters are easily identifiable. Stitch is a mischievous menace to all around him and Lilo is a lonely girl who feels alienated among her peers. Even I could identify with these rascals. The friendship and love that develops between them should also work for adults, as well as the minor laughs and major giggles throughout-note the MULAN poster on Nani's bedroom wall and the various nods to other flicks like MIB, JAWS and GODZILLA. And even though the animation is pretty plain, it does the job and completes this fun-loving, Elvis-injected, wholesome message movie quite well. I will say that your connection, tolerance or in my case, appreciation for the Stitch character is likely to bolster your opinion of the film one way or the other. He's a big part of the movie and if he gets on your nerves, chances are that you will likely not enjoy the rest of the film either. Not as creative or exciting as its original teaser trailers (which injected Stitch into various other Disney animation movies), but still an enjoyable time at the theaters.