My opinion right after watching the film
My opinion right after watching the film is that I am shocked with how good it is. While a lot of aspects were repeated in this film, there were a lot of tweaks. It was very emotional, the story was engaging, and the characters were great.
There is not really any information regarding the production of this film other than the fact that Dakota Fanning was cast as Lilo because the original voice actress Daveigh Chase was too busy recording for the tv series. Originally, the film was supposed to be released theatrically, but that was scrapped for unknown reasons.
The story starts off with Stitch (Chris Sanders) having a bad dream about destructing everything and everyone around him, which causes Lilo (Dakota Fanning) to wake him up and helps give him some sort of diagnosis after he describes her his dream. They go out to perform a bunch of good deeds, to reassure that he will not turn bad again. Lilo and Stitch end up being late for her hula lessons, and is told that there is a hula competition coming up. Kumu (Kunewa Mook) tells Lilo that her mother was a past winner. It is nice that they are trying in her parents to the story. Lilo ends up attacking Mertle (Liliana Mumy) over her throwing her dead mother in her face, which causes Kumu to reconsider letting Lilo in the talent show.
Nani (Tia Carrere) is less than impressed when she gets the news, and the aliens are not making things any better. She decides to have a family fun night, which Lilo and Stitch refuses, but Nani yells at them to join the fun, since she spent too much time cooking. Everyone is bored, tired, or both at the family fun night, until Stitch starts to glitch uncontrollably.
Lilo and Stitch go to a bunch of ares that Elvis Presley went to in Hawaii to find some sort of inspiration for the hula performance, while Jumba is trying to make a machine to recharge Stitch. During this time, David (Jason Scott Lee) arrives, and to distract him, Bleakley convinces him that his relationship with Nani is going south, and decides to help advise him on how to save his relationship. On one hand, I am glad David has something to do in this film, but the sub-plot is so far-fetched, and stupid. They even go to Nani`s work, where Bleakley is disguised as a woman, pretending to be David`s other woman. Nani tells David to meet up with her after her work, but Bleakley refuses to let it go, and thinks he is pulling it off.
Lilo and Stitch are at the hula dance school to practice, but Stitch malfunctions, and destroys a lot of the lot, which causes Lilo to lose her privledges of practicing there. Lilo is pissed off, and makes him promise to be good again. When he malfunctions in her room again, she snaps at him, and then they end up in a huge fight that Nani has to break. Bleakley forces David to say some crap about having other fish in the sea, and…. it does not end well.
Nani has a talk with Lilo, and she realizes that it is not just a competition to Lilo, but a way to reconnect with her deceased mother. I really like this. It is time for the talent show, and Lilo is very nervous. She starts to perform, and sees Stitch, but cannot bare to perform without him. She realizes that something is wrong with Stitch, and that she abandoned him. They all find Stitch flying a ship that eventually crashes. Lilo takes him to Jumbo`s machine, he is revived, and all of the conflicts are solved. I did not really like how they threw away the dance competition plot with a whimper, other than a line from Nani, saying mom would be proud of her.
I cannot really say that there was a lot of development coming from the characters, but I can say that they remain enjoyable.
This will be the first time I have said this since I started watching the canon, but the animation in this film is pretty much identical to the animation in the first film.
There seemed to be more Elvis songs in this film than there were in the original. I like the Hawaiian score of the film, which definitely reminds us of the setting, and continuing the theme of family.
Reception at Release
When the film was released on August 30th, 2005, many people did not like the film, finding a lot of the sub-plots stupid, and simplifying the characters. This is one of the final films to be released on VHS.
I do not recall people talking about this film much, so the reception is little to none. People usually gloss over this film when it comes to the worst or best of DisneyToons, which is decent enough I assume.
29.5/40 = 74%