48 Years ago Elvis starred in Blue Hawaii, since then Elvis has been cemented in time as a legend, not just for his music but also for his films. And milking this fact is Lilo and Stitch a film from Disney “classic” series. Not many Disney films make it to the classic branding now, with just six films becoming classics since the year 2000. generally traditionally animated, Lilo and Stitch is no exception the water colour backgrounds and the flawless movement of the characters shows why Disney can still get away with traditional animation over big CGI effects. As with all Disney films Lilo and Stitch has its share of lovable characters and family fun.
Lilo and Stitch introduces two characters to Disneys vast library of characters, Lilo is a little girl who just wants to fit in, she lives her sister after the death of her parents. Lilo is not liked by the other girls in her dance group, at the beginning of the film she even bites one of them, receiving the same reaction Stitch did after he bit Captain Gantu. “Does this look infected to you?” Then there is Stitch or 626 an experimental creation of the evil Dr. Jumba Jookiba, Stitch is Waterproof and Fireproof as well as being 3000 times stronger the his size should allow. Exiled to an asteroid an escapee “experiment 626” manages to crash land on earth where he is hit by a lorry and mistaken for a dying dog. and so fate brings Lilo and Stitch together and all manor of problems Begin.
Other characters include, Lilos sister Nani, who after loosing job after job is struggling to look after her sister, there is Cobra Bubbles, grumpy looking social worker who is in charge of the Lilo case, then there is David, friend of Nani and Lilo who tried his best to help out whilst obviously liking Nani, who obviously likes him back. on the other side of the universe are the aliens, Dr. Jumba Jookiba, creator of Stitch, he is imprisoned but released to capture Stitch with the help of earth “expert” Agent Pleakley.
So after crash landing on earth and being chosen and Lilos pet dog Stitch doesn’t really understand what he is, and after being told the story of the ugly ducking he realises that hes alone and that he needs to find his family, whilst at the same being taught about Ohana, which is not really explained fully in the film, but is shown. The true meaning of Ohana would include ones family and friends and so the characters of David and Stitch would obviously be included in the “ohana” idea. Its far to easy to give the plot of a Disney film away, because its hard for it to end anyway but predictably. and so all ill say about the plot is it follows Nani as she tried to get another job so she can keep her “broken” family together.
with 3 spin-off movies a television series and a re imagined Japanese TV series. Its obvious that Lilo and Stitch is one of Disney’s big properties, and it was never going to be anything but a classic. overall its a fun family film, that will have you laughing if you take it for what it is a children’s film. I can see a big future for Lilo and Stitch, not only does it have a cult following but it also has a future audience, people who grew up with Disney films, always end up buying them “for there kids” just relive that part of their childhood