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  • #41
    I personally think it is better than the Lion King. There is a character depth in L&S that I did not catch in Lion King. From the "playing dolls" scene previously mentioned to Nani chewing out Jumba and Pleakly near the end "Lilo! She's about this tall and she hangs out with that THING!" there is are displays of emotion in that LC does not show. The animation really gets this across. And the art is lovely.

    And they also have some of the little things that add to the film but not directly to the story line. Many other films (animated and not) just concentrate on the plot line but do not take the time to flesh the story out.
    -AmandasDad

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    • #42
      More thoughts

      Lilo & Stitch is a mixed bag for me...

      The songs catch your heart and will tug out a tear or two. The animation was beautiful. And I thought that the relationship between the sisters was amazing. Disney bravely stepped forward to take a look at the intricasies of family ties and there were some great insights into the human condition.

      That said...

      This is a very violent movie. I know, I know... I could hear you rolling your eyes through my monitor.

      I saw this film with some young children though, and when you view this movie sitting next to innocence and her sister, it becomes very uncomfortable. There is an edit on the VHS that I don't remember in the movie in which Stitch causes a gun to fire at a guard. In the movie, my memory was that the guard died. It aimed at him. You heard the gun going off. End of story. And I'm trying to figure out how to explain to these terrified small children Stitch... killed... someone... On the VHS, there is an edit that shows the guard crawling away. I might have been distracted and missed it the first time, but it is a grumble I've been carrying around about that movie for awhile.

      I was also bothered by the pandering to the anicipated "Star Wars" fever Hollywood thought would be going on at this time. I'm a bit of a purist, though, in that I don't think Disney should be following a "trend". I think Disney should be setting the trends. That's just me though.

      So bottom line, if you are an adult, you will probably enjoy it. If you have older kids, they probably would enjoy it. If you have boys, they probably will enjoy it. But watch out with the little ones.

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      • #43
        Believe me, I have been sceptical about Disney movies of late, but this one is definitely one of the few better ones. It is very much in the vein of old Disney movies while adding a little bit of an update edge without remaking anything...I love it
        My mind won't rest
        and I don't sleep
        Not even in my dreams...
        -"If You Ever Did Believe"
        written by Stevie Nicks

        Chasen Matthew Pacheco
        1985-2005

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        • #44
          Originally posted by Schmoogie
          Lilo & Stitch is a mixed bag for me...

          The songs catch your heart and will tug out a tear or two. The animation was beautiful. And I thought that the relationship between the sisters was amazing. Disney bravely stepped forward to take a look at the intricasies of family ties and there were some great insights into the human condition.

          That said...

          This is a very violent movie. I know, I know... I could hear you rolling your eyes through my monitor.

          I saw this film with some young children though, and when you view this movie sitting next to innocence and her sister, it becomes very uncomfortable. There is an edit on the VHS that I don't remember in the movie in which Stitch causes a gun to fire at a guard. In the movie, my memory was that the guard died. It aimed at him. You heard the gun going off. End of story. And I'm trying to figure out how to explain to these terrified small children Stitch... killed... someone... On the VHS, there is an edit that shows the guard crawling away. I might have been distracted and missed it the first time, but it is a grumble I've been carrying around about that movie for awhile.

          I was also bothered by the pandering to the anicipated "Star Wars" fever Hollywood thought would be going on at this time. I'm a bit of a purist, though, in that I don't think Disney should be following a "trend". I think Disney should be setting the trends. That's just me though.

          So bottom line, if you are an adult, you will probably enjoy it. If you have older kids, they probably would enjoy it. If you have boys, they probably will enjoy it. But watch out with the little ones.

          Stich didn't kill anyone- you saw the guard alive and well in the original theatrical release.

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          • #45
            Violent? I don't really agree with you there. Intense, maybe. Action-oriented at times. But I didn't see it as violent at all. Compared to some other Disney films like Lion King, Mulan it seems right on par. Of course, I didn't see it with little ones, and I know that changes one's perpective a bit...
            Honor those who fall under the sword.
            But pity the warrior who has slain all his enemies.

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            • #46
              Originally posted by Nephythys
              Stich didn't kill anyone- you saw the guard alive and well in the original theatrical release.
              Exactly. Also, we're talking laser guns here, and not real guns like AK-47's. I'd be more concerned over the fact that Stitch spit on the guard in order to turn the "DNA-tracking" lasers onto the guard. Heck, that can teach a kid bad manners, like spitting on people.

              It's not any more violent than seeing Donald Duck's house being blown apart with dynamite in a certain Chip n' Dale cartoon, or Mickey "cranking" the tail of a goat in "Steamboat Willie".

              This just furthers my opinion that parents need to actually watch programs with their children, rather than using TV and movies as an "electronic babysitter".
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              • #47
                Originally posted by Disneyphile
                This just furthers my opinion that parents need to actually watch programs with their children, rather than using TV and movies as an "electronic babysitter".
                True words! I wish more parents saw it that way...

                "Somebody has to kill the babysitter!" Jim Carrey, "The Cable Guy"
                Honor those who fall under the sword.
                But pity the warrior who has slain all his enemies.

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                • #48
                  I've loved LILO & STITCH from the first time I saw it. The beautiful watercolor backgrounds, the true to life sister relationship, the believability of Lilo and the wckiness of Stitch. Sure it has it's share of problems (mainly in the third act), but I forvgive it them since the characters are so entertaining and endearing. Also I adore the two Hawiian songs. I wish they had recorded more songs for a full CD of their music. No slight against the King there. His music is a perfect for this movie and I wouldn't have it any other way.

                  I must admit though that the trailers I saw didn't make me think I would like this move. I was very scared with that Disney's attempt to do something different and off-beat had gone too far. But boy was I wrong. Just a sublime movie. The love the creators have of the characters, story and locations is impossible to ignore. Of all Disney's animated films since Mermaid in 1989, the characters of Lilo, Stitch and Nani are the dearest to my heart. Well right behind Pocahontas anyway.
                  What if the Hokey-Pokey really is what it's all about?

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                  • #49
                    When the movie first came out I saw it and though it was cute. Not one I wanted to own, but still cute.

                    But since Disney is going over kill with Stitch crap it has made me hate Stitch.

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                    • #50
                      I love Lilo and Stitch. I think everyone knows what its like to be the underdog or the outcast, and Disney's portrayal of this struggle identifies with a lot of people without resorting to the usual formula. As the bad boy of the Classic Disney Family, Stitch broke the mold. However, it remains to be seen whether or not Disney has enough guts to leave classic Disney behind for hip and story-rich movies with sincere and accessible characters. Are future Disney animated films willing to stray from the formula and walk the Pixar plot path?

                      Now here's an anomaly:
                      Disney films were arguably on the decline since The Lion King until Lilo and Stitch became one of Disney's highest grossing animated movies in years. After that, Pixar spat out a couple winners and Disney closed up quite a few animation studios. Disney's excuse for the closures was that animated films don't make as much as CGI films in today's world. :confused:
                      :captain: double the powder and shorten the fuse?

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                      • #51
                        Reading this entire thread was very enlightening...being one of 'those' who just thought Stich was an Ugly little bugger and didn't understand the merchandising flood of Stich character items...now I can see why there is so much of the little creep on the shelves...people actually like him!

                        And to think, it all began with Mick Jagger! (No one was allowed to be ugly before he made it ok. :monkey: )

                        OK...I accept your being enamored with the sharp toothed little voodoo doll from space...pardon me if I stick with Thumper as a Disney icon...but at least now I get it! I though the Diz was just 'pushing' the Stich-bilia on people who didn't know better. My bad.

                        Doug
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