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Lilo & Stitch
Genre: Animation

Reviewed In Issue 67 (Dec 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

The Voice Talents Of Christopher Michael Sanders, Daveigh Chase, Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald, Jason Scott Lee, Zoe Caldwell, Kevin Michael Richardson & Kunewa Mook

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Includes a Hawaiian Islands DisneyPedia, a Create Your Own Alien Experiment game, the three-minute "A Stitch In Time" featurette (follow Stitch through a humorous look at classic Disney tales), a three-minute Hula dancing lesson, three-minute "Young Voices Of Hawaii" featurette, Wynonna

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 23989
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

Mild sci-fi action
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 85
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2002
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/03/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): Chris Sanders & Dean DeBlois
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Story Synopsis:
Lilo (Chase) is an orphaned Hawaiian girl living under the care of her older sister, Nani (Carrere). When, in an attempt to make things better for Lilo, Nani takes her to the local animal shelter where they find Stitch (Sanders), presumably a dog. Yet, Stitch is a mildly destructive, genetically altered alien, who crash-landed on Earth. It isn

DVD Picture:
The windowboxed/pillarboxed 1.66:1 DVD is anamorphically enhanced and offers lovely traditional animation that is full of color and vibrance. Notice something different about those lush Hawaiian backgrounds? For the first time since "Dumbo," Disney animators have incorporated watercolor into its animation. The result is a unique, tropical look that suits the setting perfectly. Images are sharp and nicely rendered. Virtually free from distractions, though some minor edge enhancement is noticed from time to time, the picture is certainly a satisfying visual experience. (Suzanne Hodges)

The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack delivers with excellent fidelity. The music, in particular, sounds wonderful, and there is a very pleasing sense of envelopment which includes atmospheric effects, of course. The music also has a rich low-end presence that is palpable. Voices sound very impressively natural, and the spatial placement of them is quite good, despite the tendency to notice the ADR-type character. The surrounds appropriately vary in activity according to the nature of the particular scene, and are predominated by the music. Deep bass effects are relegated to specific scenes, such as toward the beginning of the movie, but when present is notably clean and quite distinct. The .1 LFE channel is actively used, especially with the music. (Perry Sun)

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