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Film favourite in the making.

Byline: Louise Malone

Lilo and Stitch (U): stars the voices of Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers and Jason Scott Lee; written and directed by Chris Sanders and Dean Deblois. 85 mins. Rating: *** My Little Eye (18): stars Jennifer Sky and Stephen O'Reilly; director Marc Evans. 95 mins. Rating **** One Hour Photo (15): stars Robin Williams and Connie Nielsen; director Mark Romanek. 96 mins. Rating **** Boat Trip (15): stars Cuba Gooding Jnr and Horatio Sanz; director Mort Nathan. 93 mins. Rating **

THE latest Disney outing blends the usual charming characters with an array of good tunes and an involved storyline.

Set on the sun-drenched island of Hawaii, the unexpected arrival of an alien (Stitch) is just what the orphan Lilo needs. Initially, the young girl is irritating but when the out-ofcontrol Stitch is brought into the troubled household and gives her a run for her money the fun begins.

Lilo and her sister Nani are all that's left of their family and Lilo is finding it hard to cope with loss. Disney plays up the relationship between Lilo and Stitch so you know there is bound to be a point where the two will have to part.

Inbetween times, the pair engage in all manner of hilarious situations which had the younger viewers entranced. In particular, when Lilo - a huge Elvis fan - has Stitch acting as a willing speaker while playing her Elvis LPs on the record player resulted in the children laughing out loud.

The result of an illegal genetic experiment in space, Stitch is wanted by the galaxy police and when the bounty hunters come looking for him that's when Disney starts cranking up the sentiment level.

By now, not only is Lilo attached to Stitch but the alien is beginning to question its own place within the family and wondering if its programmer got it wrong. After all, who wouldn't feel part of the human race after listening to Elvis Presley sing!

Add in the other story line about the social workers worried about Nani's ability to bring up Lilo correctly and threatening to separate the sisters for their own good and you know it's all going to end in tears. To find out whether they are of joy or sadness then a visit to the cinema is in order.

Elvis fans may baulk at the way their idol is portrayed but children will love the antics of Stitch and the action sequences which are being perfected all the time by Disney animators keen to take the art one stage further. Giving the Hawaii setting a unique look the Disney studio has used watercolour backgrounds. This is the first time Disney has included watercolours in a major way since Dumbo, 60 years ago.

Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers and Jason Scott Lee are among the actors who voice the characters and although the film may not have the impact of Snow White or compelling main characters like in The Lion King, this comedy will delight many of the younger generation and become a firm favourite with them.


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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 4, 2002
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