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Lilo and Stitch(PG)
Disney
Official Site
Directors: Dean Deblois & Chris Sanders
Producer: Clark Spencer
Written by: Chris Sanders 
Cast: Daveigh Chase, Jason Scott Lee, Tia Carrere, Kevin McDonald, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson, Chris Sanders, David Ogden Stiers, Zoe Caldwell 

Rating: out of 5


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 one. 

— Samantha, Caleb, Brian, & Karen

 

 

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