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Lilo & Stitch / Lilo and Stitch

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Tookey's Rating
4 /10
Average Rating
6.33 /10
With the voices of:, Lilo: Daveigh Chase , Stitch: Chris Sanders
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Directed by: Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders
Written by: Chris Sanders

Released: 2002
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 85

This starts out promisingly as an anarchic sci-fi romp, with a mad alien scientist inventing an uncompromisingly destructive, Gremlin-like creature, Stitch, that escapes banishment by the galactic authorities, lands on Earth and tries to evade capture. Regrettably, the plot then changes tack and turns into a preachy, glutinously sentimental tale of Stitch discovering the joys of family with a violent little Hawaiian girl Lilo and her negligent guardian-cum-older sister, who are understandably arousing the concern of the social services.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Disney are trying to update their ideas on what constitutes a viable family unit, but the attempt smacks of insincerity, even desperation. It's like watching Ian Duncan Smith trying to raise his public profile by taking up rapping and living in a council block.

Stitch is so amoral a character that his switch to lovability is never remotely plausible, and the plotting is so deranged that most small children will come away convinced that the Social Services and the CIA are one and the same thing.

The attempts to cash in on Elvis's anniversary by turning Stitch into an Elvis impersonator and sticking in a few of his songs is transparently an exercise in marketing, not movie-making. Call me old-fashioned, but I still think there's a difference.

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