There was once a great little Movie known as Lilo and Stitch. It is considered one of Disney's best Movies (of modern Disney Movies) and thus made a lot of money and even made a franchise out of it, consisting of 3 extra Movies and a T.V. series. After the last Movie was made, every fan was happy, the series had ended and we where happy to be part of a great franchise. Disney on the other hand had other ideas, they wanted to milk the cow some more, until all that was left was the bare bones of what the franchise meant, so Disney of Japan decided to take the helm and produce an Anime to continue the adventures of everyones favourite blue Alien, the result, was a pile of s**t.
The story starts off as Stitch is being chased through space by Jumba, Jumba then says the lines "626, just 'cause Little Girl (Lilo) has new Boyfriend now and is all washed up with 626, is no reason to be acting bad", that right there is the first indication of the direction the show is taking, it completely disregards the rest of the franchise, characters and plot and creates it's own sad, pathetic image of what the creators 'think' this franchise is all about (Although keep in mind I am aware that this is not said i the Japanese version, but believe me, it's not any better). The rest of the story is that Stitch and Jumba are sucked into a wormhole and are sent several years in time, Stitch goes to Earth and befriends a girl called Yuna (Who's personality is that of a jar of Jam), Jumba then meets Pleakely in the future and they travel back to Earth and find Stitch. The rest of the story is that there is this magical rock that grants you any wish you want when you've done forty-three good deeds and it so happens that Stitch (the good guy, mind you) wants to make a wish to be and I quote "Supreme Leader of the Universe", uggh, that was a mouthful, after the second season the plot has basically been lost and just consists of Stitch and Yuna on cr**py little misadventures. So yeah, you can really tell that the creators didn't give a rats a** about the plot, but who cares, they're laughing all the way to the bank. It's a very rare case when Japan ruins an American franchise, usually it's the other way around, but this Show is high proof of this. 3/10
Apart from some sharp Anime renditions of Stitch and other returning characters, the show does very little effort when it comes to Animation. The frame-rate is incrdibly jumpy, backgrounds are completely rehashed from other episodes (even if the characters are supposed to be in different locations) and the mouth flaps are highly noticeable on the American designed characters i.e. Stitch, Gantu etc. The art style for the Amercan characters where simply not made for Anime media. 2/10
The music is very unmemorable, especially the American soundtrack. Oh that reminds me, Disney thought it would've been a great idea to rip out the original Japanese music and shove in cheap dubbing music, I'd almost say, they hired 4Kids for the job of dubbing, because not only does the background music suck, the voice acting is awful. The new characters are alright, it's the original characters, Disney where to cheap to hire the original voice actors (even the ones from the previous T.V. series) and that is a huge let-down, Stitch has an awful raspy and scratchy voice that barely resembles his original (and you can tell that the actor is trying to imitate the original) it's also really disappointing because this voice actor has been known for doing other roles not just in Animé but in cartoons too. All the other characters that return are completely stripped of their carismatic personality due to the awful dub, but the worst are, by-far, Gantu and Hamsterviel (I'm not expecting Tom Hanks or anything, but MAN put some effort into it). 3/10
Basically, if you looked up the word 'Generic' in the dictionary, I bet a picture of this Show would be right beside it. All the new characters are either irritating or just bad copies of other characters from the other Show, Yuna is basically Lilo, but they replaced the weirdness with spunkiness (and highly annoying) and Penny is just a more insufferable version of Murtle. Also it's the original characters, that are AGAIN a big let-down, Stitch has been altered from mischeivous yet soft centered Alien, to a one-dimensional jerk who ruins things, sees the error of his ways and fixes them (this is his character arc for nearly every episode), Jumba's just a smart guy with all the answers, Pleakely, I barely noticed was in the Show and Gantu and Hamsterveil are just joke villains. Only Rueben (Experiment 625) maintains a small fraction of his personality. Then there's Lilo, OH God, Lilo, she only appears fro a few secenes in one episode and yet her character is completely rewritten, apparently she is all grown-up, has a kid of her own (who looks exactly like her, Kimono and all) and tells Stitch that she would like Stitch to live with his "new family" from now on. Whatever happened to Ohana, to quote Lilo (from the first Movie) "Ohana means Family, Family means, nobody gets left behind" I dunno, just more indication that these writers probably never seen the first Movie. 3/10
It's a show designed to milk a dead cow, with absolutely no appeal to anyone and at the exact same time, gives fans of the older series, the middle-finger. You've been warned. 2/10
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