Lilo & Stitch (2002)

CHRIS SANDERS, DEAN DeBLOIS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

USA, 2002.  Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois, from an idea by Chris Sanders.  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 2002Las Vegas Film Critics Awards 2002Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2002.   Washington Film Critics Awards 2002.  

Appropriate for all ages, this delightful Disney film showcases the best in family entertainment that the studio is known for.  Drawn with a simpler style of animation than the computer-graphic-enhanced material that they’ve producing of late, this beautiful film (which looks like a living watercolour painting) centres on a misunderstood little Hawaiian girl named Lilo and her adventures with Stitch, an alien from a planet that rejected it. The two help each other learn the true meaning of family, and along with Lilo’s older sister Nani (voiced by who oddly enough gives her most memorable performance) they make up quite the unconventional clan. Stitch, originally an alien weapon of destruction, is given a lesson in togetherness when he learns that having love in his life is worth his putting his baser tendencies to rest. Very lovingly made, and very enjoyable, with Lilo being a particularly endearing and fun character.

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