Leroy & Stitch is the final of four movies in the Lilo & Stitch series. In order to fully understand this movie, you have to watch the original Lilo & Stitch, Stitch! The Movie, and understand what the TV show was about. Basically, Stitch! The Movie set up the Disney Channel television show that involved the team including Lilo, Stitch, Jumba, and Pleakley capturing the rest of Jumba’s over 600 experiments (remember Stitch is Experiment 626) and finding a place where they belong. So every episode of the television show involved the team finding an evil experiment, capturing them, fighting off Gantu, and finding a place where the experiment will contribute to society based on their powers (Don’t judge me for watching the TV show!). Now that we have established all this, Leroy & Stitch is a somewhat conclusion to the storyline of capturing all the experiments. The movie starts off with the team receiving awards from the Galactic Council for capturing and making good all the experiments.
For some odd reason, I enjoyed this movie. I have seen several straight to video Disney sequels and they usually are pretty terrible. Some of these include Mulan 2 (here’s my review of that movie), Lion King 2, and Cinderella 2. I have to say these are all pretty bad. So I’ve come up with a few theories as to why I liked this movie. The first is the fact that I came in with such low expectations for this movie. Perhaps the fact that I just watched Mulan 2 and its terribleness is fresh in my mind helped this movie a lot. Secondly, I am probably very biased to this movie because it is set in my home state, Hawaii. None the less, I actually was mildly entertained watching this. I don’t know if I would recommend it to others though.
I liked that this movie talked about the “Aloha Spirit” that really does exist in Hawaii. The “Aloha Spirit” is just a certain courteousness and care that people have for each other in Hawaii that can be really hard to find in other places. This movie talks about the concept of “Aloha” at many times, even to the point of accepting Gantu into the team after he had been their enemy since the first movie. However, I thought that the writing for this movie was corny and could have been better executed. I feel that creating Leroy was a good move for this movie, as he was stronger that Stitch, which caused Stitch to have to rely on the rest of the experiments or his “cousins” as we say in Hawaii for help. It did seem like somewhat of a copout that singing “Aloha Oe” shut down all the Leroys. Did you really expect Disney to have the team destroy all the Leroys though? That would have been pretty dark and violent.
Rating: 5/10. I really expected this movie to be a 2/10. Perhaps that’s why I thought it was decent.
Have you seen this movie? If you haven’t, check it out on Netflix and let me know in the comments what you thought. Someone please tell me I’m not crazy for giving this a 5/10!