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Lilo and Stitch: 2-Disc Big Wave Edition - animated DVD / family DVD / Disney DVD review
Rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 4 1/2 stars
Featuring: Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers, Ving Rhames
Directors: Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders Distributor: Walt Disney Video
DVD release: 24 March 2009 Feature runtime: 85 minutes
(2 discs)
Format: AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
DVD Features: Aspect ratio 2.35:1, Audio tracks (English - Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround), Subtitles (French, Spanish), Five deleted scenes, Two early versions of scenes, The Story Room: The Making of Lilo & Stitch, Audio commentary (dirs. Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois), "Your 'Ohana" music video, "I Can't Help Falling in Love With You" music video (A-Teens), Lilo & Stitch Island Adventure games, A Stitch in Time, DisneyPedia: Hawaii

Lilo is an odd girl from a broken family. Her parents died and left her sister, Nani (Tia Carrere), in charge of Lilo (Daveigh Chase) and their household on the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i. Lilo is having trouble getting along with the kids in her hula class. They think she's weird - where they all have Barbies, she's got a stitched-together ragdoll called Scrum.

Jumba Jookiba (David Ogden Stiers) is a mad scientist somewhere in the galaxy on trial by the Intergalactic Grand Council for inappropriate genetic experimentation. He was discovered to be the creator of experiment 626, a furry blue four-armed creature with long claws and bad manners. 626 is so vile that when asked to state his case to the council, he says something so awful that it makes a robot throw up. 626 is designed to wreak havoc and learn from his surroundings. Naturally he steals a police cruiser and escapes. He ends up on Earth in a dog pound on Kaua'i.

Nani takes Lilo to pick out a durable dog as a companion. She picks 626 - or rather, he picks her. She names him Stitch, and they become fast friends. Stitch uses Lilo as protection from Jumba and Earth expert Pleakley (Kevin McDonald), who have been charged with bringing Stitch back for sentencing. Lilo finally has a friend who will stick with her. The only remaining conflict is Nani's status as a capable caregiver. Social worker Cobra Bubbles (Ving Rhames) has been assigned to asses her qualifications. Nani and Lilo are on shaky ground as a family, and Stitch's destructive nature is hardly conducive to stability.

Lilo and Stitch is an excellent film with attitude, departing from the usual Disney animated fare in its irreverence and skewed perspective. Lilo's love of all things Elvis and her unique take on life makes this a unique viewing experience not to be missed. Lilo's insistence that her friends need to be punished and that a fish named Pudge controls the weather are just a couple of examples.

The Two-Disc Big Wave Edition recycles some of the special features produced for the original release on DVD but adds a feature-length documentary on the evolution of the film and its unorthodox beginnings.

If you are a fan of the Lilo and Stitch series, you can see where it all began - and you should, because it's unorthodox and imaginative and funny.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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