Carrere, David Ogden Stiers, Zoe Caldwell, Kevin Michael
Richardson, Daveigh Chase
by: Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
Written by: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders, Alan Silvestri
Produced by: Clark Spencer
Distributor: Walt Disney
21/06/02 UK: 04/10/02
good Disney tale about being human. Lilo is a lonely
Hawaiian girl who adopts a small ugly dog,
whom she names Stitch. Stitch would be the perfect pet
if he werent 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 Stitchs heart and gives him
the one thing he was never designed to have the
ability to care for someone else.
York Post /
New York Times
Five O out of five from Lilo"
Disney's animation department obviously had fun going against the grain
with this lively and mischievous film, sticking with some formulae
(orphaned protagonists, family-values ending) and throwing out others
(no one sings, the characters are all very feisty). They also combine
the look of traditional animation with some innovative images. The
result is one of the most enjoyable and genuinely funny animated
features they've ever made.
The plot centres on the fiercely strong-willed Lilo (voiced by Chase), a
lonely little Hawaiian girl who lives with her grown-up, equally
forceful sister Nani (Carrere) after their parents were killed in a
car crash. When a social worker (Rhames) comes to visit, Nani faces the
prospect of losing custody of Lilo, so to calm her down a bit she lets
her pick out a dog from the animal shelter. And Lilo picks Stitch
(Sanders), an odd-looking blue "dog" who we already know is actually an
escaped alien creature, genetically built to be indestructible ... and
Jammed with both colourful action for the kids and sophisticated humour
for the adults, the film is thoroughly entertaining on several levels.
The animation is exciting and textured, racing at the pace of an old
Looney Tunes caper, and packed with witty throwaway sight gags to keep
us from getting bored. Action scenes are genuinely thrilling, and the
background scenery is lovely. Elvis tunes fill the soundtrack for no
real reason at all, which is wonderful! And the characters are funny,
pushy, individualistic and, most importantly, outside the usual Disney
mould. When the message kicks in at the end it all goes rather squishy
and nice. This shift is not remotely smooth; from spirited and nasty,
both Lilo and Stitch become sweetly obsessed with being a happy family.
Not a bad lesson, but with sharp characters like this it would have
been much more effective to undercut it just a bit with something at
least slightly depraved!