Monday, December 14, 2009

December 13, 2009

Lilo and Stitch (2002)
#91 on my Top 100 List
I consider this the last of the good hand-drawn Disney movies before the official switchover to CG animation (and the subsequent resurgence of hand-drawn - I can't wait to see The Princess and the Frog!) and it was a great one. My theory is that hand-drawn animation went out of favor not because people stopped not because of the actual animation style but because the stories began to suffer. Brother Bear, which came after this one, wasn't terrible, but everything else hand-drawn that Disney put out until Enchanted five years later was definitely subpar. This one has a precocious and adorable child heroine, a fun and mischievous alien, dangerous bad guys, gorgeously-drawn colorful backgrounds and catchy songs appropriate for the movie's Hawaiian setting. The trailers for this film, where Stitch appears in classic Disney films such as Beauty and the Beast or The Little Mermaid, were great.
My Netflix rating: 5 stars

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