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Lilo & Stitch / Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch(2002-2005)
Lilo is a lonely young Hawaiian girl who adopts a small ugly 'dog', whom she names Stitch. He would be the perfect pet if he wasn't a genetic experiment that escaped from an alien planet and crash-landed on earth. Through her faith and unwavering belief in "ohana", the Hawaiian concept of family, Lilo helps Stitch to unlock his heart. This gives him the one thing he wasn't designed for – the ability to love!
For more about Lilo & Stitch / Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch and the Lilo & Stitch / Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch Blu-ray release, see Lilo & Stitch / Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch Blu-ray Review published by Kenneth Brown on June 2, 2013 where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.
Directors: Chris Sanders, Michael LaBash (I), Dean DeBlois, Anthony Leondis
Writers: Chris Sanders, Anthony Leondis, Dean DeBlois, Michael LaBash (I), Alexa Junge (I), Eddie Guzelian
Starring: Chris Sanders, Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald, Jason Scott Lee, Daveigh Chase
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Lilo & Stitch / Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch Blu-ray Review
"Our family's little now, and we don't have many toys, but if you want, you could be a part of it..."
Reviewed by Kenneth Brown, June 2, 2013
Disney is well aware of the appeal and reach of its catalog, down to the best and worst films in its canon. Titles like Cinderella and Peter Pan arrive separately and to great fanfare, while other titles shuffle onto shelves en masse, sans the red-carpet treatment afforded their Platinum and Diamond Edition brethren. In August 2012, it was The Aristocats, The Rescuers, The Rescuers Down Under, Pocahontas, Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World, The Tigger Movie and Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure, all released on the same day. Earlier this year, in March, it was The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Hunchback of Notre Dame II, Mulan, Mulan II, Brother Bear and Brother Bear 2. And now animation fans can add six more movies to their Blu-ray collection with Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Atlantis 2: Milo's Return, Lilo & Stitch, Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch, The Emperor's New Groove and Kronk's New Groove.
But something is amiss this go around. Once again, the original films and their direct-to-video sequels are paired on single BD-50 discs. This time, though, only Atlantis includes special features on the Blu-ray disc itself. Extras for Lilo & Stitch and The Emperor's New Groove (and their sequels) are relegated to the bonus DVD copies in each 2-Movie set. Moreover, video and audio are vastly improved, but the transfers suffer from a number of (admittedly minor) issues. Combined with the displaced extras, it's hard to miss Disney's diminishing standards. Packing a 2-Movie Collection on a single disc is becoming more and more important to the studio; more important than delivering the fullest, most intuitive experience.
And the films? The theatrically released features are as divisive as ever. Some will find them decidedly desperate and unimaginative; a pale imitation of the Disney Renaissance greats. Others, like myself, will find a few flawed but fun, and one -- Lilo & Stitch -- a bonafide classic, seeing the trio as a not-so-distant spiritual extension to those same Renaissance classics. The direct-to-video sequels, though, aren't nearly as polished or entertaining on the whole, making the 2-Movie Collections hit or miss pairings primed to placate longtime fans and underwhelm the unconverted.
Lilo & Stitch - 4.5/5
Calling Lilo & Stitch, or any movie for that matter, "adorable" might seem like a backhanded compliment. But, for once, it isn't. Adorable is exactly what Disney's 42nd animated feature is, along with charming, infectiously funny and utterly delightful. Grand comic adventure on a deceptively small scale, it's a family drama armed to the teeth with heart and humor, and it's next to impossible to walk away from feisty Lilo's life lessons in a bad mood. It all starts with what would be a tired gimmick at any other animation house -- a young girl befriends a rambunctious alien -- and transforms it into something far more enduring. Lilo (voiced by Daveigh Chase) isn't just a spunky little Hawaiian girl. Her parents recently died in a tragic car accident, leaving her in the care of her older sister, Nani (Tia Carrere). And Stitch (Chris Sanders), the ravenous, six-armed alien experiment gone awry that crashes to Earth, isn't a cute-n-cuddly puppy from outer space. Both children are searching for some sense of stability and normalcy. Both are lost and confused in ways neither one is capable of realizing alone. And their parallel growth isn't contrived; it's fluid and believable, the result of co-writers/co-directors Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois' grasp of just how to handle the troublemaking duo and their knack for lashing and acting out. Lilo comes off as a real girl, not a character, and Stitch, for all his growling and bristling, is a more convincing ball of fur than many a Disney talking creature.
The animation, meanwhile, is simple but striking, with endearing character designs, energetic movement, bountiful island colors, minimalistic watercolor backgrounds and a careful balance of the mundane and the hyper-real. Stitch is as much a joy to watch as his misadventures are to follow. Lilo is a bundle of visually expressive bad behaviors and good intentions, and all the more lovable for it. Nani hasn't been pressed into the Disney Princess mold; everything from her proportions to her facial features to her athleticism reads authentic beauty rather than delicate flower. The voice actors are a perfect match too, Stitch's wiry, gibberish delivery being one of the only things about the toothy monstrosity with which a handful of stone-hearted viewers will take issue. As for the aforementioned heart and humor, Lilo & Stitch is both moving and hilarious, and you're likely to tear up as readily as you laugh out loud. Then there's the script, the score, the Elvis songs, the memorable supporting players... Lilo & Stitch might just be the best Disney animated film of its decade, up there with Meet the Robinsons. Don't make the mistake of dismissing it before giving it a try. It's a family classic, through and through.
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch - 3/5
Although Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch is an even smaller scale tale than its predecessor, decidedly direct-to-video, and better suited to television than anything else, it's heart is just as big, and that goes a pretty long way. Not far enough to elevate the sequel to the heights of the original feature film, mind you, but far enough to make it a harmless, reasonably entertaining diversion good for a rainy family night or a chilly Saturday morning. This time around, Lilo (Dakota Fanning) begins preparing for a performance at a local dance festival just as Stitch (Chris Sanders) briefly and inadvertently begins reverting to his old ways, which threatens to spoil her chances of winning. Distracted by the demands of the competition, Lilo grows increasingly frustrated with her alien friend, all while Dr. Jumba Jookiba (David Ogden Stiers), his creator, struggles to build a fusion chamber capable of saving Stitch before the glitch becomes permanent.
There's nothing wrong with Lilo & Stitch's sequel per se, other than it's miniaturization for the small screen. Its animation isn't as eye-catching (even though it more closely resembles its original film than most Disney DTV sequels), its script isn't as sharp, its music less catchy and more forced, and its adventure slighter and more trivial. There's also little in the way of surprises this time around. The first film is an all-ages treat, while Glitch primarily targets the kiddies. Not that anyone should grumble. Direct-to-video animated sequels are notoriously average -- particularly when it comes to Disney -- and diminishing budgets, creative talent and timetables play a major role. Stitch Has a Glitch accomplishes everything it sets out to accomplish, it simply doesn't set its sights very high. The original was strong enough to earn a full-fledged theatrical sequel, and this is anything but that, right up through its much too neatly wrapped third act. Ah well. You could do worse, that's for sure.
Lilo & Stitch / Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch Blu-ray, Video Quality
Lilo & Stitch - 4/5
Aside from some slight banding and aliasing, neither of which is unruly enough to pose much of a problem, Lilo & Stitch's 1080p/AVC-encoded video transfer marks a significant and proficient upgrade from its DVD counterparts. Colors are bright and bold, yet never glaring or overly contrasted. Unlike Atlantis, which has a bit of an artificial digital sheen, the presentation is quite filmic, with pastel hues, disarming primaries and satisfying black levels. Detail is terrific as well, thanks to crisp, pixel-perfect line art (with only a hint of negligible, intermittent ringing), nicely resolved painted backgrounds, and a pristine source. Moreover, artifacting and other anomalies are kept to the barest of minimums, and clarity is rewarding. I remain pleased with it all, despite the minor encoding flaws that managed to sneak through.
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Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch - 4/5
No major issues to report, other than another smattering of easily overlooked banding and minimal aliasing. The sequel's Hawaiian palette is nice and vibrant, black levels are dead on, and contrast is consistent throughout. And while the animation amounts to a direct-to-video step down, the quality of Glitch's 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode is comparable to that of the first film. Line art is clean and refined, backgrounds are unhindered, and artifacting, noise and other issues are largely held at bay. A small selection of issues arise, but nothing too detrimental. All told, Stitch Has a Glitch fares well.
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Lilo & Stitch / Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch Blu-ray, Audio Quality
Lilo & Stitch - 4.5/5
Disney's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track is a troublemaker in its own right, and that's a very, very good thing. Dialogue is clean and clear, without any prioritization mishaps of note. Energy beams, rocket engines, spaceships and otherworldly experiments are granted the full backing of the LFE channel too, with deep, hearty booms and weighty thuds aplenty. The rear speakers follow suit, supporting the action and adventure with playful directional effects, transparent pans and a bustling soundfield that captures the serenity of island life as confidently as it captures the chaotic sonic escapades of a genetic aberration run amok. Perhaps best of all, Alan Silvestri's score and the film's selection of Elvis hits have never sounded better, and complete the experience with style.
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch - 3.5/5
The sequel's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track isn't as full or immersive as the first film's, but it gets the job done, and with a flatter, less engaging soundscape in tow. Voices are intelligible from start to finish, and effects are light and lively, with decent rear speaker support and LFE heft. It's nothing to write home about -- directionality is hemmed in and low-end output isn't going to convince anyone there's a alien spacecraft touching down in their home theater -- but the mix is a fine presentation of the movie's original sound design, limited impact and all.
Lilo & Stitch / Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras
The 2-Movie Collection release of Lilo & Stitch / Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch is a 3-disc set. However, in what has now become Disney's practice, the feature films are housed on a single BD-50, with two standard DVDs -- one for each movie -- rounding out the set. It's certainly far from perfect; some will find it convenient, others an irritation.
Sadly, every available special feature for Lilo & Stitch and Stitch Has a Glitch is relegated to the DVD copies of the film. There isn't a single extra on the Blu-ray disc for either film. And while that isn't too much of a problem when it comes to the included featurettes, deleted scenes, interactive activities and music videos -- all of which would be presented in SD either way -- it is irritating when it comes to Lilo & Stitch's audio commentary, as you can't listen to the track while watching the Blu-ray version of the film. It's a mixed bag and yet another inconvenience, thus the reduced score.
Lilo & Stitch / Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation
I'm a more enthusiastic fan of Lilo & Stitch than most, sure, but most everyone will agree it's a cut above, especially when compared to other Disney animated features of its decade. Its Blu-ray debut is a solid one too, even if it's missing the special features available on its previous DVD releases. And with its strong video transfer and excellent DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track, the film has never looked or sounded better. Forget the barebones disc, this is definitely one to add to your collection. No, Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch isn't the be-all, end-all of Disney direct-to-video sequels. It's fairly enjoyable, though, which is more than I can say for most, and its able-bodied video presentation and lossless audio mix only help.
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