Stitch! - Reviews

TheDudeMcDude's avatar
Nov 2, 2012

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

Yuna  Lilo with her daughter


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

3/10 story
2/10 animation
3/10 sound
3/10 characters
2/10 overall
angelsreviews's avatar
Jul 18, 2013

Oh my god… they made another one? So this one is supposed to be after Lilo gets a boyfriend or something. Stitch, up to no good as always, jumps on his little flying car and starts to create mayhem. We have the same enemies, the same stupid sidekicks, and the same out of control main character as before, but with a different girl. They have the same storyline with Ichariba Chodei (Also known as Ohana) which is pretty much ‘meet ones cuz forever’. It’s pretty much a Japanese Lilo and Stitch… bla…

Seriously, how do I talk about something that feels like it’s from America in storyline, characters, and concept? The only thing they use is that they are in some alternate timeline in order to bring a new girl and culture in. Well, there is one other thing… Stitch is collecting good deeds. I don’t know about you but if the little creature is doing good things for selfish reasons, I don’t think it works. Also, his goal is not really good so it messes things up. The show does base around Japanese demon mythology instead of aliens, but I don’t really care for this. And that is coming from a girl who loves supernatural stuff. It just feels really forced because it’s a ‘find and capture’ game with yokai instead of aliens now, although once in a while they get an alien or two. It’s good if they had one or another, but not both! The ending also didn’t have really a good closer as it left it open for the next season. How they made a second season out of this I have no idea.

The animation is pretty much standard series animation for a show that was created as a rehash of the original rehash of a movie. Yes, that’s a lot of rehashing and it seriously feels old. The artwork is bland is what I’m trying to say. It just looks like they pulled this together in a short time although pretty clean as a computer created. Scenes are reused many times over. Disney signs are all over the place from items that Stitch puts back together to some references. It got so bad that the dub even made fun of it. It’s just too much even for Disney. I found that the opening was changed rather badly between the sub and dub. The dub just used clips from the show in order to make a stupid opening just as how 4kids does most of the time.

The dub sounds like it was done by 4kids, seriously bad with a lot of off kid language. You can’t understand Stitch at all, though he should be able to speak a little better after living with Lilo so long. And this doesn’t make sense because half the time, stitch talks more then ever and others he acts like he doesn’t speak English. Now they do get better later on but it ends up to late. In fact, I think they even changed the voices for the dubbed version comparing it to the English version. It has the same childhood lesions as the show before, but they feel forced at times. Even the jokes are rather forced making me feel bored. The music is really bland with nothing that really stands out. The Japanese dub is so much better, actually having half of Stitch’s sounds actually being words. Seriously, most of the gibberish that he says in the dub is supposed to be complete sentences.

5/10 story
5/10 animation
4/10 sound
2/10 characters
5/10 overall
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Inu230's avatar
Dec 8, 2019

Oh shall I count the ways this anime upset me and should upset any potential viewer who cared even a smidge for the original Disney characters from Stitch:

I shall:

  • In place of Lilo is Yuuna.
    • Yunna introduces herself as Stitch’s best-friend.
      • Giant red flag with bells on. Lilo is Stitch’s best friend.
  • In place of hula class is karate class.
    • Instead of having Moses Puloki teach, Yunna instructs. A beloved voice of reason has been substituted for a very poor tempered child. When things don’t go her way in class she blows up. 
    • Her maturity level does not make her students or the audience want to look up to her. Why they continue to take classes where all they really do is sit and recite the rules of the dojo - rather than learning any actual karate moves - is blah to watch.
  • In place of understanding is criticism.
    • Yuuna is holier than thou right after meeting Stitch. She knows nothing about him yet she preaches about how he should be behaving. If you go to another continent do you tell people which side of the street to drive? If so you’re as brain dead, culturally insensitive and blind to individuality as Yuuna.
  • In place of the Disney cartoon plot of finding a place for Stitch’s cousins to belong and benefiting the island and its’ people - especially the working class - is a plot about doing “good” deeds for selfish reasons.
    • In regards to character development this has gone backwards. Based on the opening and the mention of Lilo in the first episode Stitch has secured a place for his cousins to belong thus fulfilling hundreds of satisfying good deeds. Now because Lilo has a boyfriend - I’m guessing not Keoni, Stitch has decided to go back to wanting to destroy everything. He says he wants to do good deeds and is told to control his selfish impulses that should already be under control. After 65 episodes {of which this reviewer has seen just about everyone thrice if not more} Stitch’s programming to be a destroyer should be more than under control. 
      • He couldn’t go hang out with his extensive family while Lilo went on dates or talked to her about making time for her best friend? REALLY?
  • In place of Stitch’s grasp of English are gibberish vocalizations that poorly reflect his time on E-arth.
    • While it is important not to forget that Stitch is an alien and he shouldn’t forget his native language having him revert back to understanding English {or Japanese for those with access to that version I suppose} but responding in a language Yuuna has no way of understanding is off-putting. It took Lilo, Nani, and David quite a while to pick up Stitch’s lingo and the audience got used to him being bilingual while leaning towards English responses. For Yuuna to communicate with Stitch he would have to speak slowly and explain with more body language yet he typically just responds in alien. Yet Stitch and Yuuna understand each other well enough in the first episode for her to invite him to stay with her and for him to follow her instead of trying to find a way home. I’d like to see an episode or two in the original Japanese to see if the language barrier is more present. Picking up Japanese after learning English should be more difficult for Stitch. 

Other things that really bugged this reviewer:

  • Stitch throws a turtle. He protects a frog in the first movie and now he’s throwing reptiles. 
    • What he only likes amphibians?
  • The Good Deed Counter prevents Stitch from eating an egg but lets him do a ton of other bad deeds including eating many different animals.
    • He’s allowed to eat everyone else's food but when the food he wants to eat is a developing creatures the mystic watch throws a fit? Really? What about the animals that were already dead or that he helped to kill - like the fish? Or how about the Christmas episode where Stitch wants to eat nothing but venison? They aren’t as important?
  • Angel comes to visit on more than one occasion but none of the originals even think about catching a ride back with her.
    • No one is missing their Hawaiian ohana. That is just so sad and out of character for everyone.
  • Stitch flips houses upside down.
    • ….so much disregard for realistic Stitch ability. He is strong yes, that has been well established. He cannot rip a house from it’s foundation and flip it and all its contents - and inhabitants - upside down. Especially only using two of his arms.
  • Stitch has forgotten Christmas.
    • Again the first movie covered this. 
    • Yet he still remembers how to say Mele Kalikimaka.
  • Jumba resorts to evil genius and spends an episode reverting Stitch back to his destructive programming so he’ll have an evil lackey.
    • Character development once again is thrown out the window in favor of having some story to tell; filling the quota over sustaining a story. 
    • Jumba left his evil life behind long ago. Yes he’s still a genius and yes he does still create things in his lab on this island but he should not and should never have been written as forcing Stitch to return to destruction.  

Why Japan thought this was a proper way to treat Stitch or a way to introduce people to a foreign character is beyond this reviewer.

Why America decided to create an English dub version when they had their own - which had a  valuable message and represented ohana extensively - is also over this reviewer’s head.

Personally I think the team responsible for this - and it’s sequel and specials/ovas - never actually watched the movie or the two seasons that are supposed to be pre-quells to this in their entirety. If they had I do not believe they could or would have treated Stitch the way they did.

625 says something that sums up this anime in episode 5:

“I wish I was in a coma. Like most of the audience must be if they buy this balloony.”

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
0.1/10 overall
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