Catching a Wave on DVD
Since Dr. Spock never wrote a book on how to raise an unruly alien, it's up to mischievous Hawaiian half-pint troublemaker Lilo (voiced by Daveigh Chase) to come up with her own set of rules when she brings her new blue “dog” home from the local animal shelter.
Lilo & Stitch—which boasts a 125 minute all encompassing documentary on the making of the feature on disc two—we’re once again treated to one of Walt Disney Studios' most bizarre yet creative tales about an unlikely friendship.
from the studio to be set in present day (following Oliver and Company)-- as the DVD set’s fascinating documentary reveals, the film employed the same collaborators who’d contributed greatly to the action-packed and girl-power work Mulan (co-writers and directors Chris Sanders and Dean Deblois. Likewise, it was essentially inspired as the cinematic answer posed during a Roy Disney hosted retreat that asked the animation staff what could become the Dumbo of their generation.
Lilo & Stitch actually had its origins as far back as the early 80s when it was initially conceived as a failed children's book.
Pinocchio found himself in the Walt Disney classic.
marveled in dismay that Scooby-Doo-- the “wretched” film in which he “deplored… as a blight on the nation's theaters,” grossed $54 million during its opening weekend. And furthermore, while revealing his disappointment with that statistic, he shared his belief that subsequently “if there is justice in the world, ‘Lilo & Stitch’ will gross $200 million,” before he eventually succumbed in relenting that “there is not justice” and instead “a herd instinct” as he feared that Scooby-Doo would continue to win out.
However, despite Scooby-Doo’s theatrical success (which was usurped by Minority Report) that eventually guaranteed Scooby-Doo a sequel, there is no legacy involving that work whereas there is one for Lilo & Stitch as it raked in over twenty nominations and eight wins from critical circles and industry organizations (including that Animated Feature Oscar nomination which found it losing out to Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away).
Moreover, as reported by Wikipedia-- to date the film “has been the only Walt Disney Feature Animation/Walt Disney Animation Studios production released during the 2000s to meet with critical approval and make its cost back during its original theatrical run,” not to mention the four direct-to-video sequels and two season spanning television spin-off series that followed.
Men in Black meets Pulp Fiction child custody worker character in particular.
Bolt) that make this well-deserved two disc special edition treatment of Lilo & Stitch all the more welcome in a world where-- despite the incredible breakthroughs in the field of animation, 3-D, and CGI—we’re used to a certain video-game like look. Thus, it's extremely important to find our animation palette cleansed once again by just how gorgeous an effect can be reached by placing a paintbrush on paper.
Lilo & Stitch into Disney vault territory by letting us into the inter-workings of the filmmaking process as evidenced in other recent releases such as WALL-E and Mary Poppins.
Thus, this addition makes the two-disc Big Wave set equal for adults the plethora of kid-friendly games, music videos, and mini-extras including a “DisneyPedia” tour of the Hawaiian islands on the first disc. Released in the same week as Disney’s Bolt—this new release of Lilo & Stitch also gives fans the opportunity to get a free collectible Bolt plush dog with the purchase of both films (set to expire on 6/30/09 or until supplies last). And while luckily this "dog" will prove to be more house-trained than Lilo's, it probably wouldn't hurt to play him some Elvis Presley now and again.