July 14, 2002 Archives

Lilo & Stitch

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Early in the movie a little girl, Lilo, wishes on what looks like a falling star, "I need someone to be my friend. Someone who doesn't die. Maybe send me an angel, the nicest angel you have".

The star is not a star though; and it's landing on her island in Hawaii. On board is Experiment 626, made by Jumba, a four eyed mad scientist, in a galaxy far far away. "The flawed product of a deranged mind", it gets called by the emperor of the Galatic Federation before it is exciled and Jumba is convicted of "illegal genetic manipulation".

But 626 escapes and lands on Earth. He is closely followed by Jumba (who else could capture him!) and the resident expert on Earth, Pleakley. Earth is inhabited by a very primitive life form we hear. In fact, they have Earth as a protected wildlife preserve for the mosquito, with humans primarily just a part of the foodchain.

His destructive programming is taking effect. He'll be irresistibly drawn to large cities where he'll back up plumbing, reverse street signs, and steal everyone's left shoe.

Lilo is a troublesome outcast herself too. Raised by her sister the little family is being threatened splitup by a Men in Black'ish social worker named Cobra Bubbas ("Have you ever killed anyone?" "We are drifting from the subject.").

I enjoyed the animation style; it was like in the old Disney movies without the too polished look of the Beauty and the Beast and such features.

This is my family. I found it all on my own. It's little and broken, but still good.

This is a great movie. Very eclectic. Very original. Very cute, but not too cute. I hated the happy ending in Minority Report, but here it's funny and fits right in. Go see it if you haven't already.

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