Lilo and Stitch Cover

Kind of nice to have a Disney release about a little girl who isn’t a princess, and an adorable little critter who is actually a genetically mutated space alien, as well as being an escapee from an intergalactic weapons laboratory. It makes an interesting and charming change, all things considered. Stitch has teeth, and claws, the ability to morph into the appearance of a puppy and an uncanny ability to channel Elvis Presley. Lilo is a chubby little chunk of a girl, an unhappy and resentful orphan who lives with her older sister Nani. But they live on the beach in Hawaii, trying to keep up some kind of family life after the deaths of their parents – a little pool of misery in a tropical paradise. Nani’s custody of her little sister is threatened by a supremely intimidating child welfare caseworker – and thinking that a pet might help, they go to the animal shelter. Stitch is hiding there, having scared the living daylights out of all the other animals. It turns out to be a perfect match – a pair of lonely, unhappy nonconformists, although Lilo is blissfully innocent of exactly how much of a nonconformist that her apparent pet really is.

As with all recent Disney re-releases, the video extras on this set are generous – but somewhat confusingly organized, along the lines of “hey, boys and girls, let’s throw everything into this and hope that most of it sticks!” The longest is a two-hour long “making of” documentary, which succeeds in being amazingly detailed and very interesting – I did not know that there was entire climactic sequence, of Stitch flying a 747 through a city which was omitted completely. (This movie had been in production at the time of 9-11) There are some games aimed at the younger set, a disappointingly short hula demo and lesson, and a short and mildly amusing short “A Stitch in Time,” inserting Stitch into a whole series of classic Disney movies. I have to note that the audio of the movie itself is amazing – even on an ordinary television it sounds nearly as good as in a theater. What it sounds like on a high-end home-theater setup must be nothing short of miraculous.

“Lilo and Stitch” is available through Amazon.com and at other retail outlets.

Sgt. Mom is a free-lance writer and member of the Independent Authors Guild who lives in San Antonio and blogs at The Daily Brief. Her current book project, “The Adelsverein Trilogy” is also available at Amazon.com and selected local outlets. More about her books is at her website www.celiahayes.com.

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