Friday, October 07, 2011

Disn-A-Thon: Lilo & Stitch (2002)

In a place far, far away, illegal genetic experiment #626 is detected: Ruthless scientist Dr. Jumba Jookiba has created a strong, intelligent, nearly indestructible and aggressive being with only one known weakness: The high density of his body makes it impossible for the experiment to swim in water. The scientist is sentenced to jail by the Grand Council of the Galactic Federation. The experiment is supposed to be transported to a prison asteroid, yet manages to escape Captain Gantu, who was supposed to deliver him there. With a stolen police cruiser (the red one), the destructive being races towards a little and already doomed planet: Earth. Stranded on Hawaii, experiment #626 can't actually do much harm: water all around, no big cities and two well-equipped representatives of the Galactic Federation already following close behind to catch him again. But Dr. Jookiba and the Earth expert Pleakley never could have guessed that earth girl Lilo adopts the experiment as dog... [imdb]
Okay this post won't be quite as good as the one that for some reason didn't publish like it was supposed to... I'm too pissed off to write something as long or as good as what I already wrote, so I'll just try to sum up a bit.  My apologies.

Lilo & Stitch is a fun, entertaining movie that was crafted and made by a relatively small team with an incredibly small budget.  What came of this "Here, go make a movie and let us know when it's done" technique is a fantastic little gem of a film.  It has aliens, Hawaii, and it's not based on any classic fairy tale or novel, which makes it easily the most unique movie in the "animated classics" line.

The behind-the-scenes special features were in the form of a self-made video journal, shot in studio and on location in Hawaii by the writers and director, with their small crew of animators.  It touched on the watercolour backgrounds used in the film, the general creation of the movie including some brainstorming sessions, and the step-by-step production of the whole thing.  This was actually kind of neat to see, and far more informative than the many times we simply hear people talk about how these movies are made.

I like the movie and I like the special features.  Great fun was had by me, and I can't complain much... except about the damn post getting lost.  Still pretty mad about that.

Good movie though.