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Lilo & Stitch: The Series
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Lilo seems young, but the raucousness makes this series more suitable for grade-schoolers than younger viewers. The series has action elements, such as a Storm Trooper-type character who carries a "blaster" and hunts renegade (albeit cute) space mutants.
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What's the story?
In LILO & STICH: THE SERIES, which is a spin-off of the popular Disney animated feature Lilo and Stitch, every episode features a new "experiment" causing a disturbance on the island of Kauai -- one eats hair, one makes earthquakes, one hypnotizes people. But Lilo (voiced by Daveigh Chase) sees the value in all of them and finds each one a home. The evil Dr. Hamsterviel (a space hamster voiced by Jeff Bennett) and his lumbering minion Gantu (Kevin Michael Richardson) battle with Lilo and Stitch (Chris Sanders) to catch the mutants. Lilo mixes it up with space creatures just fine, but she has trouble interacting with other real kids, particularly snotty Myrtle (Liliana MumyP in her hula class. As Lilo teaches Stitch how to be less of a monster, she learns small lessons, too -- such as how revenge can backfire.
Is it any good?
While the educational component barely sneaks in, the up-to-date humor looms large. In one episode, for example, the producer of a popular TV show asks Lilo to sign a waiver so that he can "exploit your dog and treat him like a freak on worldwide TV." The series even makes fun of the scant educational content -- at one point Lilo comments, "Who knew life would full of such hard lessons!" The so-called evil characters are often inept and probably won't scare young viewers, but the competition to catch the mutants spurs rough chase scenes.
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