Lilo & Stitch is, in my opinion, one of Disney's finest films because it doesn't play by the rules. A young child and her older sister live together in a typical Hawaiian house under atypical circumstances (for a Disney movie). Their parents died in an automobile accident during a rainstorm, leaving the two girls with two broken hearts.
Lilo, the youngest, doesn't fit in with the other girls. While they play dolls Lilo plays with her homemade creation that she claims "has bug eggs in its head", takes pictures of obese tourists and pins them to her wall, and even sleeps with Spaceship bedsheets. She is completely unique and her own person, which causes problems for her in the social aspects of her life.
Nani, the older sister, has been forced to grow up and become a mother figure for Lilo. She struggles with work, cooking, and keeping track of Lilo. Disney was wise to be brutally honest with its depiction of Nani; she is a tangible character, real and human, trying hard to keep her "broken" family from falling completely apart. Nani has zero time for herself, including dating people, and puts all her energy into Lilo.
Lilo isn't exactly happy to receive that energy...the sisters often fight and yell at each other. To make matters worse: a stern Social Worker is keeping a close eye on both of them, and he isn't pleased with what he sees.
One night Lilo prays for a friend, or an angel, to come down and never leave her. The universe sends her something far less angelic...Stitch. He's an alien creature that was designed to destroy, and he's escaped his planet and fallen to Earth. Landing in Hawaii, he comes across Lilo (who mistakes him for a Dog) and slowly begins to further destroy Lilo and Nani's life.
Lilo & Stitch has developed a following of fans, making it feel more like a Cult-classic than a Disney masterpiece. Nevertheless its very entertaining. There is a surprising amount of emotional depth to the story, and its themes of loss, family, and fitting in are refreshing for a Disney film. There is some genuine humor in the film, too. The Hawaiian setting is awesome, and the film never feels cutesy or silly.
Adults will appreciate the honesty of the emotional material and enjoy the family drama which unfolds, especially the interactions between Lilo and Nani. Kids will get a kick out of Stitch and the adventure elements in the film. So, really, Lilo & Stitch has a bit of something for everyone. Film: 4/5 STARS
The blu-ray has perfect video quality. Characters are drawn simply but with much emotion, and the lines are crisp in 1080pHD. Hawaii is portrayed in gorgeous watercolor art, giving the film a rich texture. The only other film I can relate this to in terms of animation style is Ponyo. Other than that, Lilo & Stitch feels unique in its animation. Colors are vivid and overall there is a nice film-like texture. Video: 5/5 STARS
Audio is also perfect. The rousing musical score is beautiful during emotional scenes and exciting during the adventure segments. Elvis songs pop up here and there, as well as a few others. Dialogue is easy to hear as well. The DTS-HD 5.1 track will surely please old and new fans alike. Audio: 5/5 STARS
The only extra on the blu-ray is the inclusion of the sequel, Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has A Glitch. Though this might not be considered an extra/bonus feature. The sequel is charming and well-animated, but isn't as good as the first. There are a few sneak peeks as well, but that's it. There aren't any true bonus features on the blu-ray. This is a 3 Disk release, so DVD copies of the first and second films are also included. Extras: 2/5 STARS
Overall: 4/5 STARS. Lilo & Stitch is an unconventional animated film, with sci-fi elements mixed into the human drama. It deserves to be seen on blu-ray with excellent video/audio.
Rating: PG. There is some sci-fi action that might frighten younger children. The emotional drama is much more complex and will be enjoyed more by adults. Thematic Material should have been included in the rating description. Ages 6 and up.