Lilo and Stitch
Misfits from literally two different worlds collide on a Hawaiian island in this new animated feature. Stitch (voiced by Chris Sanders), the genetic product of a mad scientist on another planet, has a terrible attitude, superior intelligence and amazing strength. But considered an experiment gone wrong, he’s exiled into space to fend for himself. Meanwhile, Lilo (Daveigh Chase), a little Hawaiian girl, makes life miserable for herself and her older sister/guardian Nani (Tia Carrere) as they struggle to keep Cobra Bubbles (Ving Rhames), a social worker, from taking Lilo away. After Stitch crash lands in Hawaii, Nani and Lilo adopt him from an animal shelter, thinking he’s a weird looking dog. With his extra-terrestrial talents, Stitch helps Lilo learn to fit in, but not before the two mischievous characters create some local havoc. The futuristic space ship scenes, the strange aliens who chase Stitch through space and on land, and the mischievous adventures of Lilo and Stitch will generate laughs for many.
“Lilo and Stitch” appeals to both young girls and boys. The Hawaiian word for family, “ohana,” meaning no one gets left behind, becomes the tie that binds these diverse youngsters. There’s lots of slapstick action as Stitch strikes back at sinister space aliens, an explosion destroys Lilo’s house, and an erupting volcano sends burning lava through the village. A slang word for posterior is used once, and Stitch creates a luscious slice of cake by “eating” in reverse. And Elvis fans will love the soundtrack. “Lilo and Stitch” is a clever fantasy with some strong messages about the importance of love for everyone.