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Review: Lilo and Stitch

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When I first saw the previews for Lilo and Stitch, I found Stitch (the blue alien creature with big eyes, big teeth, and six arms) kinda disturbing. I'm not sure why; just something about the way it was drawn and the way it moved unsettled me, and not in a good way.

But I like Disney movies, so I figured I'd probably see it sooner or later. And last night we only had a couple hours in which to see a movie, so we were looking for a short one, and Kam said, "How about a kids' movie?" and there on the shelf was Lilo and Stitch, so we picked it up, albeit not without a bit of trepidation.

And it turned out to be totally fabulous.

Very quirky, very very funny, sad in places. Best movie I've seen in months, possibly in a couple years. It does get a little bit heavy-handed in pounding home its moral in a couple of places, but it's a good moral, so I didn't mind. Totally charming almost all the way through; very engaging characters; art that doesn't look quite like anything Disney's done before (including female characters with realistic-sized thighs and legs); fun music (though it's not a musical, in case you were worried); good actors (Ving Rhames is particularly good as the social worker, and David Ogden Stiers is fun in a thick Russian accent as an alien mad scientist); just all-around lovely. Strongly recommended.

(Though, sigh, any recommendation this strong is bound to create unreasonably high expectations. So bear in mind that my tastes are quirky and idiosyncratic, and your mileage may vary. But Kam liked it quite a lot too.)

Addendum: Looks like several of the actors in this also supplied voices for the English version of Spirited Away, which I haven't seen yet. Interesting. Oh, and one of the aliens is played by Kevin McDonald of Kids in the Hall.

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