STITCH! THE MOVIE
Stitch! The Movie is a video-released spinoff of the Disney animated film Lilo & Stitch (2002). Lilo & Stitch was one of the more likeable (and better reviewed) amongst the generally forgettable Disney animated theatrical releases this side of the millennium. Stitch! The Movie was followed by several other spinoffs including the tv series Lilo & Stitch: The Series (2003-6) and two other video-released sequels, Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch (2005) which calls itself Lilo & Stitch 2 despite being the third film in the series and Leroy & Stitch (2006).
Stitch! The Movie does little more than rehash elements from the first film. One can search in vain for any of the wit and sparkle that was present there. The sequel is written to easy plot arcs like the decision to unleash the electrical creature Sparky in order to repair the spaceship where it then predictably goes amok followed by a chase to recapture him, the kidnapping of Dr Jumba, the over-repeated Ohanu theme and even the strained effort to squeeze the character of Cobra Bubbles back into the show by recasting him as a government agent.
Surprisingly, all of the original voice cast from Lilo & Stitch, excepting Jason Scott Lee, have returned for the sequel. Stitch, voiced by the first films co-director Chris Sanders, is a good deal more talkative in this film. Lilo & Stitch had many similarities to Gremlins (1984) and this is even more pronounced in Stitch! The Movie, which borrows the idea of water causing the creatures to multiply and go amok. The one cute creation that Stitch! The Movie offers up is of the demented bunny mad scientist Dr Hamsterveil who is constantly being called Dr Hamster-wheel and is angrily correcting everybody Dr Hamster-ville.
Stitch! The Movie is produced with cheap, standard tv-styled animation. The entire film is only 60 minutes long.