Lilo & Stich: A Shaggy Alien Tale
|"Lilo & Stich" (2002).|
"Lilo & Stich" is unlike any Disney movie from the 1990s, almost of all of which were musicals, and "Lilo & Stich" did not appear to have an agenda like so many of the Disney movies released after 2000 ("Atlantis: The Lost Empire" and "Tangled," for instance, were crafted in an almost desperate attempt to release a Disney movie attractive to boys).
In many ways, it is reminiscent of "Dumbo," also set in the present day and made on the cheap. The idea was an old one of Sanders from the 1980s that never had caught on. Locating "Lilo & Stich" in Hawaii was a first for any animation film and worked gloriously.
|Dr. Jumba Jookiba.|
Jookiba's Experiment 626 is virtually indestructible, so it is sent into exile on a barren asteroid. Captain Gantu (Kevin Michael Richardson) is charged with taking Experiment 626 there, but the creature escapes on the way and disables Gantu's ship.
|Nani and Lilo.|
|Spacecraft from the Galactic Federation.|
|Lilo decides that Stich needs to be more like Elvis.|
|Stich wasn't expecting a truck after zooming across the galaxy.|
While Nani, Lilo & Stich are riding a wave, Jumba tries to grab Stich from underwater, causing Stich to appear to try to drown Lilo. Cobra sees the incident from shore and tells Nani that enough is enough, he is going to return in the morning to put Lilo in foster care. Stich, heartbroken, runs away with the "Ugly Duckling" book, which he mistakenly believes is about his family.
|In Lilo's Room.|
|Nani, Lilo & Stich surfing.|
With Lilo, Stich, and Nani reunited, the Grand Councilwoman (Zoe Caldwell) who sentenced Jumba originally arrives to take care of Stich personally. Once she sees that Lilo loves Stich and that Stich has learned to talk, the Councilwoman creates legal justification for leaving Stich in exile (along with failures Jumba and Pleakley) on Earth under the care of Lilo & Nani, with Cobra (who turns out to know the Councilwoman from Roswell, New Mexico) to watch over them all.
|Lilo cleaning Stich.|
|An example of the watercolor backgrounds.|
|The three leads.|
|Daveigh Chase and her Lilo character.|
|The DVD, with the usual amazing Disney artwork.|
The fun "Lilo & Stich" trailers that parody "Beauty and the Beast," "Aladdin," "The Little Mermaid" and "The Lion King" are in the video below. The Lilo & Stitch 2-Movie Collection is out in a Blu-ray Combo Pack as of June 11, 2013.