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Thursday, 16 September 2010
Lilo & Stitch
Dr Jumbaa Jookiba (David Ogden Stiers) has been put on trial by the Intergalactic Council for creating illegal genetic experiments. His most ferocious one, Experiment 626 (Chris Sanders), however, escapes and crash lands on Hawaii, Earth, where he is adopted as a dog by orphan child Lilo (Daveigh Chase) and named 'Stitch'. Jumba and Agent Pleakley (Kevin McDonald) are sent to recover 626, as is gigantic Captain Gantu (Kevin Michael Richardson). On Earth Stitch becomes an outstanding Elvis impersonator, enjoys surfing and shows his outstanding strength and ability to talk.
Lilo & Stitch is a truly fresh Disney animation. The characters are colourful and vibrant. Stitch is an irresistably charming character that you will instantly fall in love with. Jumba and Pleakley's constant bufoonery and arguing make them a truly wonderful comic double act. And the relationship between Lilo and Nani (Tia Carrere), Lilo's older sister by 13 years, is a truly accurate representation of a sisterly bond as the two sisters constantly argue, yet at the end of the day they love each other and are truly close. The animation is beautifully detailed and intricately designed. The surfing scenes will make your jaw drop as they are so carefully designed/created that they are at the same standard as live-action surf scenes in films such as Point Break (1991). The scenes in outer space are also really detailed, colourful and vibrant, and if you are into art and design you will feel envious of what the film's artists have created.
Couple all of this with a really catchy soundtrack that features a lot of lovely Hawaiian music and some top-notch Elvis Presley and you have a truly wonderful animation in the form of Lilo & Stitch, which has since become one of the biggest franchises in Disney history thanks to a three direct-to-DVD sequels in 2003, 2005 and 2006, a TV series (2003-2006) and an anime spin-off in Japan (2008-2010).
Stars: Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald, Jason Scott Lee, Kevin Michael Richardson, Ving Rhames, Zoe Caldwell.
Oscar nomination: Best Animated Feature (Chris Sanders).