Among Disney’s many successful animated films, Lilo and Stitch is one of the less famous – but it is also one of the best. Now 20 years old, the film has a freshness, humour and lightness of touch that makes it even more delightful now than it was when it was released.
Lilo, a young Hawaiian girl, is being looked after by her older teenage sister but is under risk of being taken into care. She adopts a dog called Stitch, who is in fact an illegal mutant experiment with the capacity to create endless chaos. The friendship between the odd couple is at the heart of the film and makes this one of the most purely enjoyable animated films of this millennium, without naff songs and treacly sentimentality. Take the kids and be amazed by how much they enjoy it and the Elvis songs that pop up.