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I say it every week – this is one of my favourite Disney movies! Just like last weeks Disney movie choice, this is another one that is laugh out loud hilarious (at least, I think so!) – Lilo & Stitch.
Experiment 626 is an alien genius, nearly indestructible, aggressive creature, that’s only mission is cause chaos and destroy major cities. His creator, Dr. Jumba Jookiba is sent to jail by the Galactic Federation for illegally making this creature, and 626 is exiled to on a desert asteroid. During transportation, he makes his escape and lands on planet Earth. 626 has found himself on Hawaii, been knocked out by a passing truck and taken to an animal shelter.
Earth has got protected status as a wildlife reserve, so the Grand Councilwoman sends Jumba and Agent Pleakley – an Earth expert, to capture Experiment 626…discreetly.
We meet Nani and Lilo, two sisters whose parents have recently been killed in a car accident. Nani has to take care of Lilo and is visited by Cobra Bubbles, a social worker who is concerned that Nani is unable to take care of her little sister and gives her 3 days to change his mind and prove him wrong before he makes his decision. Nani hears Lilo praying for a friend (she is picked on by the other kids at dance class) and so agrees for Lilo to adopt a dog.
Lilo sees Experiment 626 and wants to adopt him, she calls him Stitch and takes him on a tour of the island. He becomes increasingly infuriated as he finds out that he is surrounded by water (he’s too dense to swim) and that there are no major cities to destroy, he has a nervous breakdown.
As Nani tries to show responsibility by looking for a job, Lilo encourages Stitch to be more like Elvis Presley who she thinks is a model citizen, as well as reading him the book The Ugly Duckling. Sadly his antics ruin Nani’s attempts at finding a job, but also thwarts his would be captors.
Nani, Lilo and Stitch head to the beach and meet up with David, their friend, and they go surfing a big wave. Jumba makes an attempt to capture Stitch underwater; it appears that as Stitch is trying to drown Lilo, when all he’s really doing is trying to do is cling to her to stay above water. They all eventually make it safely to shore, but Cobra Bubbles see this and tells Nani that he will be by in the morning to collect Lilo and take her away into foster care.
Seeing the trouble he has caused, Stitch leaves, taking The Ugly Duckling book with him in the hope that one day he’ll find a family.
The next morning, David runs to tell Nani of a job opening, and she goes off to try and get it – leaving Lilo at home alone. Jumba sees Stitch in the forest and tells him that he can never have a family or belong because he was simply built to destroy. Stitch races to Lilo’s house, chased by Jumba, where they fight and Lilo calls Cobra Bubbles. The house is destroyed and as Nani arrives back, she sees the carnage, and she argues him, whilst Lilo slips away to hide. Stitch reveals his true identity to Nani. She tells Stitch that he has ruined everything, and as that happens, Captain Gantu (who has been sent to capture Experiment 626 after Jumba and Pleakley failed to do so) puts both Stitch and Lilo into a container pod and takes off in his spaceship…
I hate to spoil the endings of films, so will leave it there and hope you watch it for yourself!
The Statistical Stuff…
- released in 2002
- 42nd animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series
- Lilo & Stitch was the second of three Disney animated features produced primarily at the Florida animation studio located at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.
- nominated for the 2002 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature
- the film spawned a direct-to-video sequel, tv series and a second and third direct-to-video sequel, all produced by Walt Disney Television Animation
- Disney promoted this movie with a series of trailers inserting Stitch into some of its “classic” titles.
- The Little Mermaid (1989): Stitch surfs a wave that crashes down on Ariel.
- Beauty and the Beast (1991): Stitch causes the chandelier to fall during the ballroom scene, nearly smashing Belle and the Beast
- Aladdin (1992): Stitch steals Princess Jasmine from Aladdin during the “A Whole New World” magic carpet ride.
- The Lion King (1994): Stitch takes Simba’s place on Pride Rock during the “Circle of Life” opening.
- first feature length animated film to be set on Hawaii.
- at the beginning, they show the traditional Walt Disney Pictures logo, but instead of the beam of light it is a laser beam and then the logo gets abducted by a flying saucer.
- opened at #2 with $35,260,212 in its first weekend, less than $500,000 behind the film Minority Report
- Chris Sanders – Stitch
- Daveigh Chase – Lilo
- Tia Carrere – Nani
- David Ogden Stiers – Dr. Jumba Jookiba
- Kevin McDonald – Agent Pleakley
- Ving Rhames – Cobra Bubbles
- Kevin Michael Richardson – Captain Gantu
- Zoe Caldwell – Grand Councilwoman
- Jason Scott Lee – David
Why I Love Lilo & Stitch…
- the music of Elvis – I LOVE Elvis Presley and the fact that his songs feature throughout this film pleases me!
- Lilo – she’s too darn cute for words, and I hate the way she gets picked on!
- Stitch – he’s a little bit of a rogue to start with, but oh my, by the end of the film do you fall in love with him!
- ohana – means family. Family means nobody gets left behind, or forgotten ♥
- the dancing – the Hula, the Elvis, the all of it!
- it still makes me laugh – and I’ve seen this film several times!
Have you seen Lilo & Stitch? No?! Go watch it – NOW!
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Posts in the #100DaysOfDisney Series…
Disney Make It Monday | Tasty Tuesday | Wednesday Around The World | Theme Park Thursday | Disney Fashion Friday & Disney Merchandise | Saturday Night at the Disney Movies | Disney Sunday Sounds