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Lilo & Stitch (2002) Movie Review

It's easy to appreciate Lilo & Stitch because of its fun and humorous characters and storyline. One of Disney's Best Animated nominees at the 75th Academy Awards, which lost against Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away.

After first watching this film, its famous quote, Ohana means Family has been stuck in my mind for years.

Plot Overview

The movie begins in outer space in the United Galactic Federation. A near-indestructible and aggressive experiment with excellent learning capabilities is ordered to be exiled to an asteroid. The creature escapes, and crash lands on Earth at the island of Hawaii. After an accident, he was sent to an animal shelter. Meanwhile, the Galactic Federation orders Dr. Jumba and Agent Pleakley to capture the experiment.

On the other side of the island, Nani struggles to take care of her young, mischievous, and curious little sister, Lilo. A Social Worker named Cobra Bubbles expresses concern about whether Nani can care for Lilo. He also mentions that he recommends putting Lilo in foster care if the situation does not improve. After hearing her praying for a friend, Nani decides to let Lilo adopt a dog. In the dog shelter, Lilo adopted the creature and named it Stitch. Meanwhile, Dr. Jumba and Pleakley arrive on Earth in disguise in an attempt to capture Stitch.

Stitch performs its usual destructive behavior and mischievousness, which frustrates Nani, but Lilo believes the creature can be taught to behave.


Lilo & Stitch might be one of the most funny, charming, and heartwarming animated movies Disney produced. It features light-hearted storytelling with many enjoyable scenes and a bunch of Elvis Presley songs.

Both Lilo and Stitch are adorable as the main characters. Their design is unique, and I love that their color palette matches the background. I also like the side characters, especially Agent Pleakley, because he brought joy to the movie.

It's not a perfect movie, but it is an enjoyable one. It's one of those family films that's a delight to watch, even after viewing it several times.

A good 4 out of 5 stars.

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