Kids' eye view: Lilo & Stitch is a must-see
movie. Stitch starts out as an evil alien experiment (#626)
programmed to destroy everything in his path. He runs away
from the aliens and crash-lands on earth in Hawaii. Lilo is
a troubled girl who doesn't have any friends and is being
taken care of by her sister, Nani. Stitch disguises himself
as a dog in an animal shelter and gets adopted by Lilo. Together
they get into a ton of trouble, and they learn a bit too.
The music was amazing, it was very original and the hula
dancing was wonderful. The animation was very real, the people
were imperfect so they looked real. There are many funny,
some serious, and plenty of heartwarming parts. This is one
of the best and most heartwarming animated movies.
The word ohana turned up a lot in this movie. "Ohana
means family; family means no one gets left behind or forgotten."
Parent perspective: This movie takes the story of
the ugly duckling (turns it blue); mixes in a bit of Star
Wars and Men In Black (varied aliens and a case
worker named Cobra Bubbles); lands it in Blue Hawaii
(yes The King still rocks the islands); and comes out
with a fun yet poignant movie that deals with a family that
may be "small and broken" but still ohana.
The animation uses more muted hues than expected in an island
picture, but the Hawaiian-themed music by Alan Silvestri
and Mark Keali’i Ho’omalu added a splash of color.
The plot is surprisingly deep and the characters have real-life
flaws with which they learn to cope. With just a little suspension
of disbelief, you can take seriously the plight of an alien
with no family and a non-traditional human family that could
be breaking. Of course this is a Disney movie, so enjoy the
fun along the way. Sometimes you don't know whether to laugh
or cry. Sometimes you do both.
Some people are secure enough to walk into an animated movie
without children. If you’re not, borrow a kid and see this
— Samantha, Caleb, Brian, & Karen