A dangerous outer space genetic experiment has escaped and has landed on Hawaii. It’s mission: destroy everything in its path and, disguising itself as a dog and hiding out with an innocent little girl, it intends to do just that. The new horror flick from John Carpenter? Perhaps a James Cameron production of a Steven Spielberg film? Nope, it’s the latest creation from the House of Mouse, Lilo & Stich.
In it, the horrible genetic killing machine, Stitch, winds up with a little girl named Lilo (Daveigh Chase) being raised by her older sister Nana (Tia Carrere). Nana and Lilo are just recovering from the death of their parents and are trying to make it on their own and make themselves look good for social worker, Cobra Bubbles (Vig Rames). Of course, there are mishaps and disasters and, through the course of it all, Stitch… who was never designed to do anything but destroy… learns the concept of Ohana: family.
While this movie is no where near the caliber of the celebrated Disney classics like The Lion King or Snow White, it exudes well timed humor, action, and spunk. The problem is, when it tried to exude love, friendship, and family, it gets too stuck up in its own sickening sweetness. Still, it’s a funny movie and a major step for Disney as minority characters are given the spotlight and, instead of those characters living in a happy fairy tale world, they come from a broken home and suffer from modern problems.
Also, we as an audience, don’t have to put up with talking cutesy animals, stupid musical sequences, or even the latest animation trend of shoving Elton John, Michael Bolton, Sting, or some other washed up pop icon pushed in our faces so they can sing awkward and dreadfully out of place songs. Here, music is used the way it’s supposed to be used: in the background, accentuating scenes, and, best of all, it’s music from the King. You just can’t beat Elvis.
All in all, Lilo & Stitch would have been a much better movie had it been strictly a comedy and had it not gone down the traditional Disney path of goody-goody gum drop happiness. But, then again, it breaks a lot of Disney traditions during its 90 minute run.
Heck, it’s a fun little movie. Ultimately, it won’t be held in the same regard as the classic Disney flicks, but its humor and uniqueness will make it well worth your time.