Lilo & Stitch Reviews
With colorful animation, funny humor, and an important lesson about family, Lilo and Stitch marks a modern landmark in Disney history.
The Story Idea came from a man named Chris Sanders who would later go on to "Dreamworks" to create "How to Train you Dragon" and "The Croods". Most of the setting takes place in modern day Hawaii and it incorporates many of the unique cultural aspects regarding the setting. I also like how it's set in a Modern day. It's actually sort of refreshing to see Disney to try and step out of their usual Fairytale comfort zone and try something different. The thing everyone seems to praise over and over again is how great the story between the two sisters works. It's actually handled almost realistically and they do a great job in showing the pain of the tragic situation they both have to face. There's also the plot about the aliens and while some parts can sidetrack the movie a little bit, I do think they still work and the flow in decently with the main plot.
The Characters are enjoyable as well as given loads of personality. Lilo is young and very sweet but she's also very troubled and it's great how well they handled her immatureness without being to cringy. Nani is very simpatic and you really do feel her love for her sister and the stress she goes through to becoming a parent. Stitch is adorable and his character works well with the two sisters. Not to mention that he can be a real funny thanks to Chris Sanders voice work. Cobra Bubbles is quite the tough guy. I like how he keeps his strong face with dealing on Nani's problems while also showing sympathy for the tragic situation. The side aliens can get a laugh every now and then and all the other characters can have their moments of shining. Whether big or small role all the characters have a great amount of time dedicated to making them interesting.
The Animation is colorful and pretty to look at. The backgrounds are painted with watercolor to get more of a tropical soft feeling which helps bring out the beauty of Hawaii's atmosphere. The characters designs on the aliens are very creative and the human designs do have more of a chubby look with their round noses. It was also really cool to see some common modern day objects such as cars to be in an animated Disney film.
The Music embraces the feeling of being in Hawaii while also incorporating some songs by Elvis Presley. The original songs are great especially "Hawaiian Coaster Ride" which I find very joyful and a great way of capturing the feeling of surfing in Hawaii. The Elvis songs do help give the movie an identity and they use it as a means of knowing Lilo's Character.
It has been a while since the Disney Renaissance since they made another classic. A lot of the other Disney films around the time weren't turning up as good as people wanted to them to be but this movie proved to be the rare exception. With a heartfelt story, Fun Characters, Beautiful animation and some very lovely music this is a movie that should never be left behind or forgotten. (A)
It seems I was wrong and i found that I really enjoyed myself. The humour is very silly and delivered brilliantly, visual gags and comic lines alike. It's also a nice story but it's the characters that make it.
A final point to note... the soundtrack is awesome!