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Michael LaBash, Anthony Leondis
Dakota Fanning, Chris Sanders, Tia Carrere, Holliston Coleman, Jillian Henry, Jason Scott Lee, Kevin McDonald
Writing Credits:
Anthony Leondis

The unforgettable story of Stitch and Lilo continues in Disney's hilarious all-new movie Lilo & Stitch 2. Your favorite characters return in this heartwarming comedy about bringing friends and family together even when they seem worlds apart. Before the other 625 experiments land in Hawaii, Stitch is living the good life. He helps Lilo follow in the footsteps of her mother as she prepares for the big island hula contest, but when Stitch gets a glitch, their perfect world goes haywire. Now it's going to take Lilo, Nani, Jumba, and a whole lotta "Ohana" for them to save their funny little friend. With three classic Elvis Presley songs and exclusive bonus material, Lilo & Stitch 2 is a whole new wave of fun and excitement for the entire family.

Rated G.

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
English Dolby Digital 2.0
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1
Russian Dolby Digital 5.1
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 68 min.
Price: $29.99
Release Date: 6/11/2013

Available as Part of a Two-Movie Collection

• Music Video
• Bonus Short
• “Where’s Pleakley?” Game
• “Jumba’s Experiment Profiler”
• Sneak Peeks
• DVD Copy

Music Soundtrack

Panasonic TC-P60VT60 60-Inch 1080p 600Hz 3D Smart Plasma HDTV; Sony STR-DG1200 7.1 Channel Receiver; Panasonic DMP-BD60K Blu-Ray Player using HDMI outputs; Michael Green Revolution Cinema 6i Speakers (all five); Kenwood 1050SW 150-watt Subwoofer.


Lilo & Stitch II: Stitch Has A Glitch [Blu-Ray] (2005)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (April 9, 2014)

The parade of Disney direct-to-video (DTV) sequels continued with 2005’s Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch, an expansion of the 2002 original film. In this one, alien critter Stitch (voiced by Chris Sanders) fears that his bad side will come out again. His human pal Lilo (Dakota Fanning) reassures him, but his nightmares give him qualms.

In the meantime, Lilo gets an assignment to come up with a hula dance for an upcoming celebration. She worries she doesn’t have enough talent, even though her late mother was a good dancer at Lilo’s age. Here Stitch supports his buddy and they strive to come up with a dance that will win the competition.

Stitch’s fears grow when he starts to behave erratically. His creator Jumba (David Ogden Stiers) tells fellow alien Pleakley (Kevin McDonald) that Stitch wasn’t “fully charged” before he escaped. This means Stitch may run out of energy soon and experience significant concerns. The movie follows Stitch’s issues along with Lilo’s hula and conflicts between the two caused by Stitch’s behavior.

While most Disney DTV projects range from mediocre to bad, the Lilo sequels have proven to be surprisingly good. 2003’s Stitch! The Movie wasn’t exactly a classic, but it offered decent laughs and entertainment. The same holds true for the generally amusing Glitch.

I was tempted to simply cut and paste my comments about Stitch! since both it and Glitch provide the same strengths and weaknesses. In the latter category, Glitch suffers from a simple lack of inspiration. Disney doesn’t create these DTV sequels because of a burning need to continue the stories. Instead, they’re cheap, easy ways to produce product, and they sell. Lilo’s need to create a hula isn’t exactly a plot for the ages, and Stitch’s theme isn’t much better.

Nonetheless, Glitch manages to use its varied characters to good advantage. As was the case with Stitch, almost all the original voice actors return. Jason Scott Lee (“David”) went missing last time, but he returns here. Everyone else is along for the ride, though Dakota Fanning takes over for Daveigh Chase as Lilo. 15 years old at the creation of Glitch, I assume Chase could no longer sound like a seven-year-old, though she returned for 2006’s Leroy & Stitch, so maybe she was just too busy for Glitch. The accomplished Fanning does just fine in the part.

The other actors continue to bring a lot of life to their roles. Stiers, McDonald and Sanders prove fun and lively as their goofy characters. I especially like Stiers’ Eastern European take on the nutty inventor Jumba; he turns a stock role into something unusual and creative.

Frankly, there’s not a ton to say about Lilo & Stitch 2. The animation seems perfectly fine and the thin story lines work out more than adequately for the film. The plots act as little more than a framework for the gags anyway, so I don’t mind their flimsiness. Matters turn surprisingly sweet and emotional when necessary as well, even if the flick starts to borrow liberally from ET. Glitch doesn’t live up to the original movie, but it works out better than expected and offers decent entertainment.

The Blu-ray Grades: Picture B+/ Audio B+/ Bonus D

Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. While not a killer presentation, it was usually fine.

Sharpness seemed good. Some wide shots tended to be a smidgen soft, but not to a detrimental degree. Overall definition was positive. Jagged edges and moiré effects appeared absent, and I noticed no signs of edge enhancement. In regard to print flaws, I noticed none, as the movie looked clean and fresh from start to finish.

The tropical Hawaiian setting of Glitch meant that it boasted a vivid and varied palette, and the disc presented those hues well. The colors consistently looked positive. From the lush landscapes to the bold tones of the aliens, the hues always came across as lively and tight. Black levels also seemed terrifically deep and solid, while shadow detail was appropriately dense but never seemed overly murky. No significant issues marred this pleasing image.

When we moved to the DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio, we found a similarly strong experience. Much of the movie favored the front channels, but the mix opened up well when appropriate. Stitch’s nightmares offered lively material, and other action scenes provided a lot of exciting sonic activity. In between, things seemed more subdued, but the soundfield matched the film nicely.

Music always demonstrated positive stereo imaging, and the effects created a realistic and involving sense of atmosphere. When the action heated up, the surrounds added a fine layer of material that contributed some engaging audio. The back speakers also offered a lot of effective isolated speech that created a fun sense of setting.

Audio quality seemed positive. Dialogue always came across as natural and warm, and I detected no concerns related to edginess or intelligibility. Music appeared bright and dynamic, with concise highs and rich lows. Effects also were tight and realistic. Those elements betrayed no distortion, as they consistently appeared clean and accurate. The effects provided some strong bass response as well. The track lacked the consistent ambition to make it to “A” level, but it still warranted a positive “B+”.

How did this Blu-ray compare to the original 2005 DVD? Audio showed a bit more pizzazz, and visuals demonstrated the standard Blu-ray uptick, with stronger sharpness, bolder colors and a generally smoother look. This was a nice improvement over the DVD.

As was the case with the original Lilo and Stitch, the Blu-ray includes no supplements. All of the extras show up on the bonus DVD, which literally replicates the original release. Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride presents a music video from Jump5. Is there some factory at Disney that manufactures these pop groups packed with attractive, peppy teens? Jump5 are totally nondescript, and this boring video is a waste of space.

A bonus short called “The Origin of Stitch” lasts four minutes, 37 seconds. It shows us what it describes, as it depicts Stitch’s creation. Don’t we already know this information? I’m not sure what purpose this redundant cartoon serves.

Two activities pop up under “Games and Activities”. Where’s Pleakley? offers a video version of “Where’s Waldo”. It forces us to find Pleakley in crowd scenes. The interface makes it tough to succeed. In one-player mode, you need to locate Pleakley quickly, but since you have to scan through a mix of choices, it’s almost impossible to do so rapidly enough to beat the clock.

Jumba’s Experiment Profiler shows you various creations and asks questions about them. The individual profiles offer more than enough information to make this an easy task.

The Blu-ray disc opens with ads for The Little Mermaid, Monsters University, Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United and SuperBuddies. Sneak Peeks throws in promos for Radio Disney, Disney Infinity, and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

When I first reviewed Lilo and Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch, I wondered if I enjoyed it mainly due to low expectations. Now that I’ve seen it again, I can say the answer is no, as it held up well through this second screening. The Blu-ray shows very good picture and audio but lacks substantial bonus materials. Glitch doesn’t dazzle, but it gives us an enjoyable romp.

Note that Lilo and Stitch 2 can be purchased only as part of a two-movie collection. The Blu-ray also comes with the original Lilo and Stitch as well as DVD copies of both films.

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