Enjoy two heartwarming and hilarious comedies about bringing friends and family together even when they seem worlds apart. Lilo & Stitch and Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has A Glitch are hours of fantastic fun in one incredible collection! Lilo is a lonely little girl, and Stitch is a mischievous little creature from outer space. When Stitch crash-lands in Hawaii, Lilo adopts him as her pet, but he soon turns her world upside-down. The laughter continues as Stitch helps Lilo prepare for the big island hula contest in the hysterical sequel. Discover that ‘ohana means family’, and celebrate the unbreakable bonds of friendship like never before with these two unforgettable movies.
I shouldn’t like Lilo & Stitch as much as I do. It’s got a little girl in the lead, there’s a cute animal, and there’s singing. Here’s the thing, though: The girl is not your average Disney princess. She is generally impervious to adult supervision and beats up the other girls at the drop of a hat. The animal is a mad little monster who destroys everything he comes near, and the songs are background music only – used in a few montages, but not performed within the story. Also, where else in the Disney universe would you find the line ‘Oh good, my dog found the chainsaw’?
Lilo & Stitch is full of physical humor, hilarious dialogue, and generally zany antics. It rarely gets better than this. On top of that the movie is also touching and heartfelt, and makes a point of avoiding traditional Disney elements.
The story deals with a broken little family, where big sister Nani is struggling in vain to be a guardian for Lilo after the death of their parents, resulting in some quite dramatic screaming matches, and the all-too-real threat of Lilo being removed from her home by social services. The arrival of the alien Stitch is not a distraction, but underlines the theme of the movie perfectly: It doesn’t matter what kind of family you have, as long as you have one. Combine that with an unusual location, and we’ve got another home-run for Disney!
The unavoidable sequel Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has A Glitch was a pleasant surprise. It can’t quite maintain the level of animation or craziness as the first film, but it’s damn close.
The animation is more flat, and the story is a bit more childish, but once it gets going it turns out to be a coherent, likable film, which doesn’t feel like a rehash. It picks up a few weeks after the first one ends, with both Stitch and the two stranded aliens now living with the family, making it even more dysfunctional!
The scene with Family Fun Night, where Nani forces everyone to watch Them! (the 1954 giant mutant ants movie) with alien antennas on, while they eat gross alien snacks, is right up there with the best moments from the first film.
Audio & Video:
The Blu-ray presentations of these films are pretty much flawless. The images are bright and wonderful, though the high definition sometimes reveals problems. The watercolor inspired backgrounds are noticeably flat (even more so on the sequel), but that’s hardly something you can blame the transfers for.
As for the sound, the original Lilo & Stitch has a nice, natural atmosphere, but comes alive during the music interludes, and the few explosive action scenes. Lilo & Stitch 2 seems a bit more subdued, probably an artifact of the direct-to-video origins.
This package contains a Blu-ray with both movies. It’s region free, but has zero extras. Also included are two DVDs, one for each film, which oddly feature a bunch of extras. Still, for this type of movie, SD extras are just fine.
Lilo & Stitch (DVD)
- Audio commentary
- Music Video: Your Ohana
- Lilo & Stitch Island Adventures Games
- DsineyPedia: Hawaii
- Create Your Own Alien Experience Game
- A Stitch in Time
- Hula Lesson
- Behind the Scenes: Burning Love
- Music Video: I Can’t Help Falling In Love, A-Teens
- Animating the Hula
- Teaser & Trailers
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has A Glitch (DVD)
- Music & More: Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride
- Bonus short: The Origin of Stitch
- Games & Activities
I’m man enough to admit Lilo & Stitch makes me cry a little bit, but it also makes me laugh, and I find the two “stars” impossibly charming. The fact that even the sequel was worth watching just makes this a must-have package.
Movie: A / B+
Extra Features: B+ / D