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Lilo & Stitch

A Hawaiian paradise is anything but blissful for two young sisters trying to make it on their own -- especially after they adopt a pet. Unbeknownst to them, Stitch is an alien experiment programmed to destroy things who has been let loose on Earth.

Overall Grade: B
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: A-
Language: B+
Drugs/Alcohol: A-
Release Date: 20 Jun 2002
Run Time: 85
MPAA Rating: PG

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In-Depth Review

A Hawaiian paradise is anything but blissful for two young sisters trying to make it on their own. Following the death of her parents, nineteen-year-old Nani (Tia Carrere) takes on the responsibility of raising her headstrong younger sister, Lilo (Daveigh Chase), who attracts trouble faster than flowers do bees. But their plan to mend their "broken" family by getting a pet backfires when the ugly puppy they adopt turns out to be an alien experiment on the run from his inventor.

Stitch (Christopher Michael Sanders) has escaped confinement on a foreign planet and made a break for Earth. Hoping to avoid detection, he tries to blend into his new family. But his pre-programmed disposition for destruction causes trouble for the girls and threatens to break up the siblings when a new social worker (Ving Rhames) is assigned to their case.

Meanwhile, back on Planet Turo, the leader of the Grand Council (Zoe Caldwell) and Captain Gantu (Kevin Michael Richardson) send Stitch's creator (David Ogden Stiers) and an environmental assistant (Kevin McDonald) to intercept Stitch and return him to his interplanetary prison without damaging the frail ecology of the green planet.

Lilo & Stitch comes with characters that are less of the sugary-sweet variety and more prone to the ups and downs of daily life. In spite of Nani and Lilo's commitment to staying together, they still face the challenges of trying to keep a job, care for a pet and run a household-- an undertaking that proves to be more than either can handle alone. And while Stitch is a long way from passing any dog obedience school, there's a shred of good in this unmanageable mutt that keeps us rooting for him.

Older children will likely appreciate the movie's humor best. Parents shouldn't forget this Disney animation rates PG, mainly due to scenes of alien gunfire (including a gun held to a character's head), kidnappings, an exploding house, and other cartoon-style violence. But considering it reworks the typical orphan-child formula, Lilo & Stitch at least offers young audiences a cast of characters that are more realistic and less alien.

Content Details: Beyond the Movie Ratings...

Overall: B

Stitch is an alien experiment programmed to destroy things in Lilo & Stitch.  But he has a change of heart when he meets a couple of orphaned sisters trying to repair their “broken” family in this animated film that includes some cartoon violence, gunfire and intergalactic chases.

Violence: C+

Aliens use guns to contain prisoner; shots are fired inside spaceship, character held at gunpoint. Character steals a police cruiser. Alien is designed to destroy everything he encounters. Man is accidentally burned during a fire dance. Characters plan to destroy the Earth. Characters bite, scratch, punch, push, threaten and hit others with objects on numerous occasions. Sisters argue. Old film footage shows a city being destroyed, character re-enacts with toy figures. Character is run over by truck. Characters throw book, dishes and other household items at others. Characters nearly drown in ocean. House explodes and burns to the ground. Aliens repeatedly shoot at others with their space guns. Character throws car and chases others with chainsaw. Characters are captured and kidnapped.

Sexual Content: A

Girl wears t-shirts that reveal her mid-riff. Boy tries to get girl to date him.

Language: B+

Includes numerous examples of name-calling. Two rude references to anatomy.

 

Alcohol / Drug Use: A

Characters at restaurant drink what maybe an alcoholic beverage.

Miscellaneous Concerns:

Character disgusts others by licks glass window, drooling and salivating. Young girl is left at home alone. Social worker threatens to separate girls because of home problems. Character attempts to practice voodoo. Character moons others on at least two occasions. Girl licks her sister during an argument. Character spits on several occasions. Girl feeds character coffee from a baby bottle Character implies parents were killed in auto accident.

Discussion Ideas: Talk About the Movie...

The Hawaiian word ‘ohana connotes a sense of family and community. How is it depicted in the film and who helps the girls? Do you actually see the community offering support?

Lilo is a little girl without many friends. How do her actions prevent her from forming friendships? What are the important qualities to have in order to be a good friend?

Video alternatives

When Disney first began promoting this film, animators designed trailers with Stitch inserted into scenes from some of the studios other well-known productions like The Little Mermaid 2, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. ET - The Extra-terrestrial depicts another child who brings an alien home for a pet.

Home Video Notes

Home Video Release: Lilo & Stitch

Release Date: 11 June 2013

Disney is releasing Lilo & Stitch and Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch has a Glitch in a 2 Movie Combo Pack to home video (Blu-ray and DVD).

 

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