Um, I really wanted to like Lilo & Stitch.
And on many levels, I did.
But I didnít love it.
I was also hoping that just maybe it would match the comedic level of THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE.
Going in to the movie, I already had two things working against me. Iíve never liked HawaiiÖthe music, the look, the culture. Granted, my bias is based solely on what Iíve seen in movies and TV, but itís never appealed to me.
And as I am constantly mentioning, I donít like Sci-FiÖespecially spaceships, etc.
So the movie thatís about a runaway alien that crash lands in Hawaii just isnít gonna fly with me. But itís Disney, and I tend to love Disneyís animated flicks, so I had to try.
And Iím glad I tried. Thereís plenty to enjoy about this movie.
Stitch, (voiced by Chris Sanders, one of the film's directors) the alien that looks sorta like a scary koala is a cool character, and heís sorta cute and funny looking at the same timeÖ
Lilo,(voiced by Daveigh Chase) the little Hawaiian girl that befriends him is a great character. Actually, sheís pretty deep for a Disney character, and I applaud them for not just making her an adorable little moppet, but sort of a misfit whoís not all that interested in fitting in.
Her relationship with her older sister and guardian, Nani (voiced by Tia Carrere) is also a little deeper than I would have expected, and itís what I found most interesting about the film.
Lilo & Stitch has a more old fashioned, traditional cell animation look to it, and I appreciated that in this era of "all CGI all the time". I did think that it was ironic that a movie that featured futuristic space ships was rendered with soft watercolors, but I guess it worked. And the movie did have itís funny moments, and itís poignant moments, but as a whole, I was a little disappointed.
But I have to recommend itÖI fully realize that there are people out there with much more open minds than I, and I think they will enjoy Lilo & Stitch quite a bit.