Sunday, May 23, 2010

Lilo and Stitch

Lilo and Stitch; Animated science-fiction comedy, USA, 2002; D: Chris Sanders, Dean Deblois, S: Daveigh Chase, Tia Carrere, Chris Sanders, David Ogden Stiers

Hawaii. Lilo is a little girl without friends due to her wild and hermetic attitude. Since she lost her parents, her older sister Nani is taking care of her, proving to the social worker that she is a good foster parent. But one day an alien falls to Earth, Stitch, a genetically modified perfect weapon from alien scientist Jumba. The space council sends Jumba and his assistant to destroy Stitch, but it is already adopted by Lilo who thinks its a dog. Due to Stitch's mischief, Nani loses her job, so the social worker places Lilo for adoption. But he changes his mind when he sees a UFO which spares Stitch's life.

After the excellent "Beauty and the Beast", the Walt Disney studio somehow entered the oscillation of quality, up until the very shrill "Lilo and Stitch". Ironically, up to the flopped ending, the whole film is very fun, skilfully balancing the sympathetic tones of the characters, unlike the rather harassful overdoses of sympathetic in such animated films like "Finding Nemo", giving the story space for both humor and emotions, which is why it was even nominated for an Oscar as best animated film. The worst parts are the one involving the aliens, like Jumba who has four eyes, who persecute Stitch, but are not allowed to harm humans. On the other hand, the best parts are the one involving the relationship between Lilo and her sister Nani (voiced by Tia Carrere). In one funny moment, the social worker questions Lilo how she is treated by her foster parent, her sister Nani, who is, behind his back, giving Lilo signals of what to answer, but she makes a fist so the confused Lilo gets confused and says: "Ehm...I get beaten five times a day?" In another scene, Nani as a waitress has to serve Lilo who just wants to eat junk food. Not to mention the scene where Lilo says to David that "Nani likes his butt", which is another one of those "untypical" sharper examples of humor actually found typically in almost every Disney animated film.


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