Disney continues to explore the wonders of cross-channel marketing
with a second sequel to 2003's Lilo and Stitch, the movie
about a cute little blue alien that moves in with a little Hawaiian
girl and her big sister. The alien, nicknamed Stitch, is the product
of a genetic experiment by an alien mad scientist, and a troop
of aliens and Earthling G-men are after the little guy. But Stitch
is amazingly strong and quick, and just so cute and furry that
the kids HAVE TO HAVE the stuffed toys after seeing him in action,
so you can figure everything will work out all right and he'll
stay with Lilo and sister Nani in the end.
Lilo and Stitch spawned a sequel on DVD, Stitch!
The Movie, which spun off a popular TV series, where more
cute little alien experiments land on Earth and Lilo and Stitch
set out to find them before they can cause or suffer any harm.
Stitch Has a Glitch actually takes place before all
that — between the original movie and the first sequel
— as Stitch (and the other aliens who have become friends
with Lilo and moved in) are still learning about his true nature.
Something causes Stitch to go a crazy for a few minutes at a
time, and during these little episodes he smashes things up
like the alien menace he was meant to be. Can the spirit of
family, friendship, and Elvis songs bring him back to his somewhat
less destructive self?
If you're over six years old, it's very hard to care. OF COURSE
they'll figure out a way to make Stitch nice again, and even
with all the scenes of Stitch feeling guilty and Lilo badmouthing
him for misbehaving there's no real sense of suspense. Stitch
smashes things up and terrorizes overweight beachgoers, Pleakley
wears dresses, none of the humans notice that Nani and Lilo's
roommates have too many eyes and tongues, and Lilo tries hard
to win a hula competition just like her (deceased) mom did at
It's basically an episode of the Disney Channel series, in other
words, but three times as long and $30 more expensive.
For the most part the same voice cast is back. There's Tia
Carrere as Nani, David Ogden Stiers as big alien Russian evil
genius Jumba, Kevin McDonald — who has never been anything
but funny — as gangly cross-dressing alien Pleakley, Ving
Rhames as sinister man-in-black Cobra Bubbles, and Kevin Michael
Richardson as shark-headed alien bad-ass and comic relief Gantu.
Chris Sanders, who created the whole thing, is back as the voice
of Stitch even though the writing falls to directors Michael
LaBash and Anthony Leondis.
The most interesting casting change, though, is Lilo. The human
star of the show is voiced not by Daveigh Chase (of the original
movie, the first sequel and the series), but by Hollywood favorite
and Entertainment Weekly poster child Dakota Fanning.
She does a fine job and unless you're a real Lilo aficionado
the difference isn't jarring. Unfortunately, though, this is
a cartoon so you don't see her big blue eyes turn all weepy,
and where's the fun in that?
If you have kids who love the earlier Lilo and Stitch
installments and are small enough to be thrilled by the
blue guy's dilemma, give Lilo and Stitch 2 a rental.
But it's not worth buying when the movies and series are on
TV every single day.