A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this film contains a few scenes of fighting and mild violence, and that Stitch, when in the throes of his Glitch, may be frightening to young children. There is also a scene in which a character dies and comes back to life, which may be upsetting or confusing to some children.
What's the story?
Lilo, the seven-year-old who worships Elvis Presley, and Stitch, her alien best friend who everyone seems to think is a dog, are preparing for the big hula competition. But Stitch starts to have strange dreams, and then fits of bad behavior that become quite destructive, and rather frightening. It turns out that his molecules weren't fully charged when Dr. Jumba created him, and now his circuits are going haywire. If he doesn't get into the special chamber Jumba creates out of various household appliances, he'll die.
Is it any good?
LILO AND STITCH 2: STITCH HAS A GLITCH has the charm and humor of the original, thanks to a good script, excellent animation and fine work by the actors. Given that this is a Disney film, it's pretty clear how things will turn out, but there are some bumps in the road that are quite moving, and may be upsetting for young children. There are also some very funny moments, especially when Lilo and Stitch are trying to come up with a theme for their hula – Vampire bats! Recycling! But with a little help from the guiding spirit of Elvis, they find their story.
This is a lovely tale of friendship and family, with some refreshingly realistic scenes of less than perfect life at home with kids, aliens, and boyfriends all adding to the chaos. It's great family viewing, reminding us of the sometimes crazy bonds that hold us together.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Lilo and Stitch's friendship and how the stress of Stitch's problems causes problems for them. Also, how do Lilo's memories of her mother affect her? What's it like when you really want to be good but find yourself being bad instead? How does Stitch react when this happens to him?
- In theaters: August 30, 2005
- On DVD or streaming: August 30, 2005
- Cast: Dakota Fanning, David Ogden Stiers, Tia Carrere
- Director: Michael LaBash
- Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship, Space and aliens
- Run time: 72 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: mild fights and action.
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